June: My kids weren't all out of school until the 18th, but things slowed down. We had some good unwind time from the school-year craziness. Also, I discovered a new, favorite show on Netflix and have binge-watched Psych up to Season 7!
July: I hoped to have a "Mom's Weekend Out," but couldn't coordinate schedules with my mom-friends. Result? I drove my own self to Las Vegas for a few days, listened to the first half of Life After Life on CD for the 4.5hr drive each way, saw the shows; Love and Thunder Down Under, and got a lot of writing done in my quiet hotel room. Don't let a lack of company keep you from missing out on life!
Later in the month, I spent a weekend with my husband and children in San Francisco, my most favorite city! Pedaled around Golden Gate Park in a bicycle built for 6, ate pizza and gelato, and walked around Berkeley in hopes of inspiring my children. Two of my three are now in high school! It goes by in a blink. Brrr, the weather was chilly up there in San Fran, but a lovely change from the hot, dry, climate at home in SoCal.
August: I did my usual summer visit to Oregon, where I help out with my parents for a week or two. They are 84 and 92 years old now, in very poor health, and under the full-time care of one of my sisters. My mother has late-stage Alzheimer's. Sixteen years ago the symptoms first showed up, and the most recent 5+ have been especially rough. It's an incredibly taxing job my sister has in caring for Mom and Dad, and I wouldn't wish Alzheimer's on my worst enemy.
While in Oregon I was able to pop in to my 30 year high school reunion for a couple of hours. These are folks I only communicate with every 10 years, but it's always a pleasure to visit such warm, friendly people.
By mid-August kids were back in school. I miss the long summers of my youth! So now we are back to the grind.
I was able to get a lot of work done on my memoir this summer, and am nearly finished with this second draft and getting fabulous feedback from my critique partners. I'm looking forward to attending the San Francisco Writers Conference for the first time next February and hope to have two polished projects to pitch.
Blessings to All!