Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Summer Vacation

Children dread it, parents welcome it, but however you look at it, the summer is almost over and school will start soon. I can recall that one of the first questions I had to address each year, whether verbally or in an essay of some length, was this: "How did you spend your summer vacation?"

I declared a blogging holiday for the month of July, and it was wonderful. Then August rolled around, and I realized it was time to start back on my blog. It reminds me of the story (perhaps apocryphal) of the firm that decided to award top employees a sabbatical year, a year off after six years of productive work. They had to stop--because too many people didn't come back.

I'm back, but today I'll let you all do the work. How did you spend your summer vacation? Leave a brief comment. The winner may (or may not) win a prize. Who knows?

(picture via freedigitalphotos.net)

11 comments:

Josiah's Mom said...

Well, I didn't really get to take a vacation this summer. Due to my husband's job situation, we took a vacation in May since we didn't know if we would have a chance this summer. The vacation was a bit of a bummer as it was too cool at the beach to get in the water and the people at the pool were not excited to see my four year old (they were all Snow birds). So, most of the summer I have worked, he's worked, and my little man has spent most of his time staying with his Nonnie and his Mammie.

Richard Mabry said...

Nice to see that I'm not the only one with nothing wonderful to report from my summer activities. As for having a four year old at the pool, I can see both sides of the situation--then again, he/she will never be four again, and those hours watching pool play are precious.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

shirley said...

I have moved. I was fairly organized too so it didn't take long to "move in". I've had a health problem which (I still think) is not serious and it has taken up some time. An impromptu family gathering and planning another big gathering in November. No much but now that I look back on the summer it was more than I realized. I live in the Ohio Valley so our weather has been wonderful, mid eighties at the most (close to 90 once or twice) but but mostly in the mid to upper 70's and ohmygoodness I can't believe how green it is here at the beginning of August. Missed you in July sir.

Richard Mabry said...

Thank you, Shirley. It was good to be missed (but nice not to have to think about blog posts for a few weeks). Sounds like your summer was busy enough, and I appreciate your dropping by to leave a comment.

Patricia Bradley said...

What summer vacation? I had a book due July 1, and have two more due in 7 months. :-)

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I understand what you're saying. I have a similar situation. But it's a nice problem, isn't it? Thanks for your comment.

Patricia Bradley said...

Yes, very nice...and about to get nicer. :-)

Anonymous said...


Hello Richard. My summer is about the same as the usual day. I didn't get to go anywhere. Not even to spend a few days with one of the kids. Summer was a bit cooler than usual, but it always last right into Fall here. As to school time, when I was in school we were off for 3 full months. And, they say the kids will forget all they learned. Funny I think. We never had to start over. And had some that grew into some pretty smart and important adults. My excitement for the summer wasn't very much fun. A month ago I fell going to pick up my mail. Got a severe sprained wrist and severe huge bruise on my hip. Still not well, so just been a home bound girl. I pray it heals soon. Not a good one-hander. LOL Hope yours was more fun. But, still many things to be thankful for.
GOD bless you. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Richard Mabry said...

Maxie, Sorry for your injury. I had one this summer, also--fell off a pull-down stairway from the attic, and could hardly get around for a month or more. But, as is pointed out to me frequently, "it could have been worse."
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment.

Kris M said...

This is a little late but this summer I painted - I painted my son's room, 3 bathrooms, two ceilings, an upstairs hallway and one wall. I also stripped the wallpaper from 2 of the bathrooms and scrubbed off the wallpaper paste (I really don't like wallpaper!). I also helped take out 2 toilets and put one in. And I cleaned, de-cluttered, and READ! Reading was the best part but the painting is the most noticeable!

Richard Mabry said...

Kris,glad you stopped by--it's never too late. Congratulations on all the work you put in to make your house look better, but also congratulations on spending some time on yourself--reading is a wonderful way to relax as well as broadening your horizons, even though it may not show. Thanks for commenting.