Last Fall I drove up to Richmond, Maine, to walk around town and to take the ferry to Swan Island. My goal was to hike around the island, hear about the rich past, and also enjoy the nature preserve. It was crucial to me to go after bug season. I went many times growing up, but never walked around the island. I highly recommend the trip to everyone. There is even an old cemetery which is worth the trip!
While walking around the town of Richmond, after leaving the island, I found my first Little Free Library. I had never heard of this very fun organization and became obsessed with having my own. I didn’t realize that there’s little free libraries all over the place and now we find them all over. It has been so much fun to put books out and see what people take. The other day I came home to find that half my book volume was gone, Violet and I rushed in to find out what we could put out from the book shelves. So far historical fiction moves, kids books do not. I think that means we need better kids books.
It has been a year of many great reads, for myself and Shannon. We did quite a bit of summer reading together which I loved.
Highlights of our summer included:
- Two day trips to Boston
- A weekend in Saratoga, and Jefferson and Ossipee, NH
- 5 trips to the beach
- Reading, rest, exercise and generally enjoying a relaxing schedule
Now, back to school and sadly, fall.
We took a day trip to Kennebunk, Maine recently. I highly recommend the trolley museum there, with or without kids. This was my first trip with the girls, the first time I went years ago was by myself and I enjoyed them both.
In other news, Shannon is back playing fall ball, now for Bedford Plex, with her former coach from 4 years ago, it feels like a great start to the year. There was a bit of grumbling about going back to school but she is generally good-natured and seems to be enjoying the trimester so far.
Violet is adorable. She is so funny. She recently had her three-year-old physical when we’re in the office she told me, “I’m not afraid of my physical mom.” She enjoys watching Doc McStuffins. When the nurse applied the blood pressure cuff she said, “I love those my mom has one!” She did not have a single tear with her immunization. She is crying as much as not these days, she is very much a 3 year old. I’m at that stage where I want to tell strangers that their comments are not welcome during emotional public outings. I love the little t-shirt below that says happy, for some reason it makes me laugh when she is wearing it and screaming at the same time.
My employment continues to be going fairly well, and I recently picked up a side consulting job working with adults with a traumatic brain injury. There’s a large population of veterans as the company has the only VA contract for this type of work in the state. It’s still very new but I think it is going to be side work that I will enjoy. Unfortunately yesterday I was rushing and locked my keys in the car, I had to call the only person that opens locks in a 50 mile radius. I was pretty far away from home. While I was sitting waiting for the tow truck, embarrassed to be stuck in the driveway of a new job, one of the veterans came out to see why I was still there. Upon explanation he told me to call and cancel the tow as he could break into my car for free. As free is my favorite price I was getting ready to take him up on the offer when he explained he could get in with a large rock through the glass. I did appreciate the offer, but declined.
When I’m writing this blog and offering updates and photos on the girls and myself, I struggle because I think blogs are much more interesting when they’re funny. I don’t think I’m very good at inserting humor into my writing so I am inserting extra pictures to compensate.
It is very worth mentioning that this great lady turned 96 this summer. We have been making lots of day trips to Connecticut as it’s been a rough road for both of the Connecticut grandmothers. The girls have been great about all of the miles, I imagine in part because they realize they are sick, and also because they genuinely enjoy their time with them.
This is a new app that I am writing from today so I’m not sure how the formatting is going to look, I’m hoping for the best!