The Summer that Slipped Away

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

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What an adventure it’s been.  The apartment lease ends in just a few more weeks and we are — finally — seeing the beginnings of the end of what turned out to be an eight-week-turned-four-month-long home remodel.  Thankfully through all the madness of dealing with incompetent contractors and much re-work, the house is coming together nicely.  As a bonus, a potentially fatal flaw was both uncovered and removed in the process, and a looming natural gas disaster averted.

All this stress wasn’t just for a functional kitchen, I keep reassuring myself.  The timing of it could not have been much worse.  We were supposed to be finished with all of this before the vacation, well before the kids were back in school for fall, certainly before I would be starting up a home school for my middle-schooler.  So much for my thoughtful planning.

My head barely above water today, I look to the gator for solace and long for the simplicity of her life, the simplicity of my life once again.

What a Poser!
American Alligator at Brazos Bend State Park, May 2013

I sure could use a pair of nostrils on top of my head to keep from drowning.

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Missing you all.  Be back soon.  Happy Blogging!

17 thoughts on “The Summer that Slipped Away

    1. Indeed. Simpler is better in so many way. Let’s hope I manage my time more efficiently in the upcoming months. I get much more done when I’m not chasing my tail or rocking in a corner.


    1. Thank you, Susmy, for coming by! Sorry I missed your comment which was a while back. This summer was a bit like a vacation, but I’m glad to have it behind me now.


  1. Oh no.. poor dear Shannon! You too? The summer of 2013 for me will always be one to hopefully forget. Yikes. But my head is slowly surfacing at last as I look around, eager to catch up with sweet bloggers like you. May this autumn be the loveliest yet as your home welcomes you back in and all the literal and figurative dust settles! Blessings to you, Gina


    1. You know? You and Jennifer above need to get together! That said…

      So glad to know that you are well, despite whatever crappy summer you had too. We can get through it, whatever it is. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face today. I’ll be dropping you a proper line soon, via email. Hugs, girl!


  2. Hang in there, sweet girl. The bright spot is the natural gas disaster averted! Scary! And the kids are now back in school, and the house is almost finished. Things will calm down soon. You are doing fantastic! Especially being all cooped up in that apartment. Enjoy that cooler fall weather. Thinking of you here!!


    1. Getting better! We are back in the house. I think we are now on a downhill slide now. So much catching up to. Good to be in touch Jennifer! Keep up what you do at ZeroWaste and I’ll be over soon to enjoy your posts.


  3. Boy did this post hit home! We moved across the country a couple of months ago and it has been complete and utter turmoil. Sprinkled with all sorts of fun things for the kids, swim lessons, play in the yard, new adventures — but when your home is unsettled, so are you! I am at last making some headway through the boxes and see the light at the end of the tunnel. I never thought there’d be an alligator waiting there for me — but what a great image! Best of luck with these final weeks — and let it be a happy, enjoyable, peaceful fall for us both! 🙂


    1. Glad you stopped by! My replies aren’t usually this late, but blogging has been on the back burner.

      A cross country move! I haven’t done anything like that in decades. I told my husband then (before we had kids) that the next one, I would just liquidate and start over. Can’t imagine what it would be like with four kids. Glad to read you survived; most probably a great adventure for your kids.

      Ready or not, here we come. We get kicked out of the apartment at the end of the month, so the move is happening whether we like it or not! Cheers.


    1. Thanks Kristin. Hoping things get back to normal soon before I lose my sanity! Funny thing is, is might BE be new normal. Perhaps an adjustment is in order. Missing your posts! I’ll be back soon.


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