I have been on adventures! I have seen many things, tasted wonderful concoctions, breathed different air, and generally enjoyed myself. In fact, I feel spoiled. (Not like the cantaloup on the kitchen island that seems a might fragrant. That’s a different kind of spoiled. Friends, keep your comments to yerselves.) I almost forgot that I am not who I was, and seemed well on the way to a different me who is. (Tea and Sarcasm and Incomprehensible Sentences. Yep.)
First thing: We went out to a German restaurant because they advertised a bacon fest. Did I ever tell you that we all massively love bacon? I wish desperately I could have loved it there, but the service was abysmal and the food was not at all “fest.” It was more “tired and I don’t give a damn.” The good parts were sitting outside on a nice evening and having some pretty tasty beer.
The second thing: I gave away all my teaching materials to my dear friend who is having some issues and is in a bit of rut right now. It was a great feeling doing that, not only because it freed some necessary space in my house (hello, basement floor! How YOU doin’?) but also I was not sad when I did it. Hear that? Not sad. Not nostalgic. Not bitter. Not wishing. Not regretting. Just…..there. Happy to see all my good materials go to a good home. It is done, it is over, and it is settling well within my soul.
Third: My dear dear friend of almost 25 years invited me to spend a few days with her, so I grabbed my go bag, threw in some additional stuff, bought her a present, and drove to Indiana. Never been there. (Huh. Guess I can’t say that anymore now, can I? I’m a travellin’ girl…..sing with me!) It was a long drive from my home in New Jersey, across the very wide state of Pennsylvania with its gorgeous hills and trees and farms and interesting names of towns, across Ohio which wasn’t quite as pretty or hilly but still held my interest, finally into Indiana which has lots of corn fields but still so pretty. I hit a pretty severe thunderstorm right around sunset so the driving was slower than the 80-85 mph I had been doing (What? I was just maintaining the flow of traffic. You don’t want me plowed over by a double 18-wheeler do you?) but as I cautiously came around a bend the clouds must have shifted. The shiny wet roadway at dusk was blazing with the crimsons and pinks and oranges and purples of a summer sunset and the sky colors met the road colors and I literally gasped out loud. I was so thankful to have experienced that intense moment. My friend showed me Notre Dame (and that grotto and chapel is so lovely) and Fiddler’s Hearth. I want to physically move Fiddler’s Hearth to New Jersey and bring the band, Kennedy’s Kitchen, too. What a fab night of food (Scotch eggs!), beer (Belhaven Scottish ale), music (Celtic and Irish and moving and beautiful and spirited and amazing), and friends. Add wineries, Silver Beach, shopping, laughing, heart-to-heart talks…you get the idea.
Fourth: Took my girls to Pennsylvania Amish country again and we did our usual bout of overeating, overlaughing, and overshopping but it’s one of my favorite things to do with them. We stay at a quirky little bed and breakfast run by the two nicest people and it’s a slice of pure bliss to be there. (Except for the beds. The beds are, how shall we say, a bit punishing on the back. Please see previous post.) They tried to convince me to bring home a second dog so Nellie won’t be bored. I’ll let you guess how that conversation went, except I’ll give you a hint: NO.
Fifth: Fishing with Hubby, where fishing was plenty but catching was not-so-much. Well, catching and keeping. Seems the regulations in New Jersey keep changing and now flounder/fluke must be 18 inches for keeping. The sea bass I kept catching were great, except the season ended June 15 and won’t start again until October. The shark Hubby caught was adorable and I was all ready to name him but the mate on the boat threw him back before I could decide between Bobby Darin and Dyson. (Get it? No? Neither does Nellie.) He has a spectacular sunburn on his neck and I had enough equilibrium problems that this was probably my final party-boat trip. (This aging thing does have a few drawbacks. Then again…)
I think I would say August has been a successful month. Of course tomorrow is supposed to start a week of 90+ temps and humidity, so there’s no telling to what depths I may sink. (Oh, fishing analogy. I get it. Subtle.)