Last Minute Luau

23 06 2009

Today the sun shines!  The sounds of giggling and squealing make time move slowly, and bring back memories of baking in the summer sun with a pitcher America The Beautiful...Kentucky Stamp Image 177of Kool-Aid and Tupperware cups waiting on the picnic table in the shade.  Better than the liquid to quench thirst was the cool concrete patio on my legs as I sat drinking.  What did we play?  Funny that those memories are fuzzier…

My nephews are here for a day or two, and though there’s a huge age difference between them and my own two children, there’s no awkwardness in their fun.  The youngest in this foursome will soon turn 4, and the oldest will be 16 in October – but they are playing uninhibited by the years between them.  My son discovered a bag of water balloons in his room left over from last suTwo Coolmmer, and the group is gloriously filling and bursting them, squealing with delight and giggling at one another.  My daughter’s leftover January Birthday Luau (indoor, of course) party stuff is decorating the patio and lunch will be served up using tropical plates, cups and napkins. 

So sweet 🙂 

Since my “way cool” pre-teen and teen would just melt with embarrassment if I posted their pics from this party, I will reward their loving way of showing their younger cousins a good time by not doing that!  Since it has been a while since I posted their mugs, though, I’ll get away with a nice recent shot 🙂

Global Warming? Yeah, right!

16 06 2009

We could use some of that “Global Warming” the crazies are talking about 🙂  This is the lousiest excuse for June in Kentucky that I have ever experienced!  It is NOT even hot…what’s up with that?  Pool parties are being rescheduled because it isn’t warm enough to swim…IN JUNE!!!

It’s very frustrating to one who has been pining for summer to get here!  We’re going to have to move south if this is any indication of what a “warming planet” does!  Frankly, I don’t think those guys have a clue about what the planet is doing. 

Subject change.

We’ve been FINALLY “officially” finished with school for four days now, and it still just doesn’t feel like summer break.  I’m not just referring to the weather (that isn’t helping, of course), but to my state of mind.  I guess I’ve been in fast-forward for so long…and there are just still lots of things that I have to do that feel like work, I guess.  The Girl Scout troop that is disbanding will be running through the summer, and I’ve been busy tying up those loose ends.  We’ve got four girls working on their Bronze Award Project, and a big trip planned for the end of next month, and a pool party to try to squeeze in (if we have a warm enough day without rain).  I’ve also been cleaning out closets, cabinets, drawers and bookshelves for a long overdue yard sale.  We spent most of last Saturday cleaning out the garage for that, too.  I’ll be glad when that is over and the big piles of stuff that are all over the house and in the garage are gone, and a bit of cash in hand takes its place.  I’m just having trouble mustering up that last measure of motivation needed to prepare for the sale this weekend…cleaning out some more spaces, making the kids clean out their spaces, picking up some boxes to display things like books in, organizing the sale stuff, putting an ad in the paper, picking up some signs…

<sigh>  Some sunshine would help.  I know it would.  I could use sitting in it on the patio as a reward for myself after getting some of this done.  (I know, I could use the lack of sunshine as good time to do these things while not having to feel like I’m missing out on the sunshine while I work – but that’s just not the way my brain works!)

I also acquired a new computer last week, and I’ve got all the file moving to complete, iTunes to organize, and upgraded software to get used to.  Where did that ability to “go up a folder” by clicking that little up arrow disappear to??  I have to use the back arrow!  Either they are wrong in thinking that’s an improvement, or I’m missing the better way they expect me to do it somehow…