It has been a long wait for summer. Most years we complain that there is no spring and now, after weeks of rain and cold temperatures, all I hear are complaints that summer will never come. I agree that the flooding has been awful to witness and much of the shoreline in our town has given way to the lake which has laid claim to countless trees as the water level is as high as it’s been in a generation. A spring to remember to be sure.
While the rain poured and the sky was lit with lightening, I planned the next few months. Indeed, I’ve mapped out, in a rough manner, through the next school year and a bit beyond.
Essentially this summer can be considered one long staycation foBe r all of us and I’m happy for that change of pace this year. There are very few travel plans with most being local in nature, primarily day trips and quick visits with family and friends. Long gone are the days where we would pack up and take off for a few weeks at the Beach House in Cape Cod.
Spring has been busy: Claire has graduated Queen’s University, is settling nicely in her new home in Toronto, working as many shifts as she can and has a boyfriend in Kentucky (hello Interstate 75); Cole is attending summer courses at University of Toronto, living in residence downtown and he too is working as many shifts as he can; Chloé just turned 18 and is graduating high school in a week and is happy to have no plans for the summer – except for weeding the garden and she’s up for any babysitting job she can find; and, Caden is going to roll from a challenging year of academics to a month of Advanced Functions with hope (and hard work) to get a high enough grade to qualify for AP Calculus next year.
I’m hoping the recent sunny and warm weather, with cool breezes, sticks around for a while. I’m not a fan of the expected humidity. My plans?
- Walk more. I’d like to start a practice of early morning walks with Tucker. By early, I mean up with the sun. Either that or late evening walks. By late, I mean late. Trying to keep to that 150 minutes a week of walking.
- Read more. I have collected an array of fiction and non-fiction between the recommendations found on Modern Mrs. Darcy and the latest Oprah magazine. My aim is to read at least 10 books by the end of summer.
- Get outside more. On the inevitable unbearably hot days, I plan to spend them on the dock of the Oakville Club enjoying lake breezes and the nautical sounds of the harbour; or, now that the back yard has been re-sodded and weeded, I may enjoy sitting in the quiet of my heavily shaded backyard (if the kids in the neighbouring pools cooperate!)
- Continue working toward my license. My upcoming Real Estate course will be the 3rd of the 5 courses needed for me to obtain my license. It runs for three weeks and will undoubtedly be as full and overwhelming as courses 1 and 2.
- Learn more woo. Starting with the beta course for The Good Tarot.
- In addition to having joined “Summer School” for Colette Baron-Reid’s Oracle School Personal Mastery program with a plan to take her Shared Wisdom course in September. I plan to practice card reading through the summer, so if you are interested in letting me read your cards, let me know. I’d be happy to practice my skills! Sadly, I will have to miss OraclePalooza in Orlando in July. Why? …
- Say goodbye to “the girls”. Surgery and recovery will take anywhere between 3 to 6 weeks through the end of July and August. My vote is for 3 weeks max but my body has a habit of betraying me and do things at it’s own pace.
- Be patient. Recovery will consist of binge watching all of the shows I’ve either not watched or put off watching (Bloodline, final season, has not been watched yet for this purpose – nor has The Ranch or Letterkenny.) Show recommendations are welcome! (There will also be plenty of books to read and projects to supervise.)
- Choose my favourite photos. I’m going into an art show in November and I’m in the process of finding all of the “best” photos. Once that’s done I want to find a place to print notecards and envelopes as well as print and mat my photos. I have no idea what I’ve gotten myself into but I know it’s going to be fun! Any expertise you want to share would be appreciated.
- Prepare for boarding. At this point, with three already through, I believe we have everything Caden will ever need for his year of boarding. We still don’t know what, if any, leadership position he will be in next year but know he will probably be moving in around Labour Day (which is my 53rd birthday this year) well ahead of the start of school.
- Prepare for University of Edinburgh. Once Caden is settled, all attention will be on Chloé and getting her packed and ready to head overseas to start her studies. I’m looking forward to taking her and spending some time reminding myself how beautiful it is in the motherland! Lots of research will be done to prepare for this big move. So exciting!
- Attend a writing retreat. I will be closing out summer by attending another Brian Henry-led writers retreat at Arowhon Pines up in Algonquin Park. Last year was so very good, I hope to make this an annual event. Over the summer, I hope to continue the outline for my book – and perhaps get a few chapters written so that they can be reviewed while at the retreat. Feedback is a critical part of the process!
This summer promises to be far more low key than most. I will be easing into my independence as now everyone has a drivers license and Max has been sprung from the collision shop. No one needs me to be available 24/7 to take them here, there, everywhere. A whole new chapter for all of us.
Of course, life often gets in the way of plans, so we’ll just have to take it day by day and see what happens. The one thing I’ve learned over the course of the last few years is all we have is now. I plan to enjoy it!