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  1.  (9960.1)
    Eventful summer so far, on my end.

    As I've mentioned before, I've become a sort of substitute father for a wonderful teen-aged girl, and two weekends ago I got to watch her graduate from high school. It was a wonderful thing, lots of joy and pride and such. Except that I forgot it was summer, since I rarely go outside during daylight, and I managed to burn myself to a crisp. But still, very nice event.

    This weekend I'm off to the family cottage to do some writing. Nice, lakeside place, very quiet. No internets, but I think I can handle a couple of days off grid. Especially when I get to watch the sunset over the lake while sitting on the pontoon boat and sipping cold beer. Yes.

    So, how are your summers shaping up?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2011
    Cripes. I'm not the type who can enjoy himself while there's work to be done.

    There's a project at work that is supposed to be out the door soon. After that I'm going to try to commit to taking time off. To drive around the Pacific NW, to visit family back East, maybe just spend a week decluttering my apartment.

    I totally wasted last summer. I don't want that to happen again.

    That said . . . Oregon's long dismal spring finally seems to be over. Summers here are just outrageously nice.
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011

    So it doesn't look like I'll be getting away anytime soon, but

    on a more positive note my Summer has mainly been taken up with keeping on top of my allotment, which is a great learning experience (this is my first full growing year, having acquired it late last summer). The first few months had to be spent doing the necessary groundwork to get it ready to grow produce - the plot had lain untouched for at least a year or two when we took it over - and I'm still finding all sorts of strange things as I go (for instance there are two completely random clumps of corn/wheat/other grain growing amongst the wild-meadow style area I am trying to encourage).

    I'm really enjoying eating the friuts of my labour so far - mainly charlotte potatoes, but the courgettes, garlic, tomatoes etc are coming on strong.

    If anyone has any growing experience and can offer any tips, they'd be gratefully received.
  2.  (9960.4)
    Got a really nice check from the government (for 2 and a half years worth of not being paid for a half hour every day) completely unexpectedly, and was able to take care of a few things that needed doing.

    Bought a fancy combo charcoal/propane grill, so learning how to grill. Buying lots of MEATS.

    Girlfriend is out of town for almost two weeks, so no getting laid for a little while.

    Next week, the bedbugs in my house will be killed. Very much looking forward to that.

    Setting up to take a vacation in August, my a road trip to Lost Maples and Garner State Parks, in TX, staying in a cabin for just under a week, with my daughter and my girlfriend. Going to visit the Devil's Sinkhole, and watch some bats, and go horseback riding and take archery lessons. Should be fun. I don't get to see my kid very often, so I have a chance to be a kickass dad for a week.

    Devil's Sinkhole
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011
    Too much school and work for me. This summer weekend I will have fun with Linux homework and writing a speech. I am afraid the coming months will have the same. I need to get away but I need the time to do so.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011
    Summer? What's that? Going from warm and sunny, to fall like and rainy, here so far this year.
    All the kids have moved back home for various reasons; the stepdaughter is flying in today (2 month earlier than expected, but I still have to go to N.C in August to drive a Uhaul back with all her stuff).
    Other than that, my wife always wants to do stuff together on nice days, so that's puts a crimp in my art output, which needs to get moving, as I have plans, and commitments, so it's gonna be a busy summer.
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011
    I've spent the summer involved in massive amounts of tree and brush cutting. These largely relate the to the emerald ash borer, which killed a number of large ash trees we had on the property. The last of those was felled last weekend, but there's still cutting and splitting to do.

    Next up was a chokecherry tree that's leaning out over the house, but today I found a massive elm tree is splitting in half. Since it's tall enough to knock the family room to flinders and I can't see a way to make it fall any other direction, it's time to call a pro.

    And all of this has to happen before the landscapers show up in mid-July to build a beautiful retaining wall. Both the cherry and the elm would fall across it, no doubt destroying sections of it.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2011
    this summer sees me going to the UK in late July, to my homeland of Shetland (it will be the first time i've been there in 11 years), to see my mum and hopefully several whitechapelers in a meet in London!. More details on that closer to the time.

    In July, Iceland more or less slows down to a crawl as everyone takes their holidays. I also hope to get some time away in the country at a summer house and natural springs. Away from the town and the internet.
  3.  (9960.9)
    hopefully several whitechapelers in a meet in London!

    Hope I can make this one!!!

    I'm not optimistic about summer so far... garden seems to be going really slowly and frustratingly and my workload has pretty much doubled - there's a whole lot of stuff to do before a big conference in September, and it feels like there's going to be no respite at all until then. And yeah, the weather's not so hot either, have been wearing a coat most days.

    Ho hum.
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2011
    I've committed myself to a couple months of kitchen work which, if nothing else, will allow me to pay rent and not starve between now and September.
    It seems a nice enough place to work anyhow, though I'm sure I'll have changed my mind about that in a week or two.
    Currently snatching every precious hour of yellow sunlight before the rota kicks in, I expect to be mainly nocturnal and subterranean again shortly.
    Summer eh?
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2011
    There's no such thing as summer fun. It's too goddamn hot.

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