Sunday Matters: Summer Is In Full Swing

Sunday Matters

Good morning! I took this past Thursday off for my daughter’s online college registration and it threw me off. Totally forgot what day it was. She ended up not needing me at all but it was nice to take a day off. I have Monday off too because I have a lot of vacation time to use up before the end of the year. Needless to say I am typing up this post right now and that’s why it’s late today.

It was 106 here yesterday so the Hub, the Pup, and I took off for the harbor. We had a nice lunch seaside and discovered at 11 years of age that the pup likes cod. Plus, she used all her puppy manners with the other dogs too. I think she was just happy to be on a long walk in cooler weather. It was only 72 degrees there.

Right Now:

I am enjoying some coffee with this coconut whipped cream that my son likes. It’s pretty darn good. We are watching the Branson space launch newscast right now. If only these millionaires could use their wealth for the homeless.

Later, hopefully, a trip to one of my fave indie bookstores and then tacos for my son. He has requested tacos before he leaves this Thursday.

This Week:

With tomorrow off, my son and I are heading to a NEW indie bookstore I learned about recently. We will grab lunch too. We wanted to hit the botanical garden but that is not enjoyable when it’s 105 degrees out.

This coming Saturday my own dental office got my daughter a Saturday appointment so she can get a visit in before she leaves for school. Her own dentist doesn’t have flexible appointments so it’s time to switch. That term Adulting keeps coming to mind.


I am finishing up Shoulder Season. I think Count The Ways by Joyce Maynard will be next.


I finished Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood on Netflix. It was really good. Looking forward to American Horror Stories which starts on 7/15 and then of course the actual American Horror Story: Double Feature which begins later this year.

Grateful for:

  • I am feeling pretty good after yesterday’s pleasant visit to the harbor. It was a really nice day and the pup was in heaven. I think we need to take more road trips to the harbor/beach. I’ve not been to the beach once this summer. So grateful for that pleasant day.

How are you all doing? I am getting a little nervous about the Delta variant. More cases discovered in California. Of course, I am worried about how it will impact the college move-in process. Hopefully, not at all. The university sent an email saying vaccination or a negative test will be required for check-in. We are fully vaccinated so we are good there.

17 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: Summer Is In Full Swing”

  1. Glad you were able to escape your heat and have some fun. I can’t believe your son is leaving for college this week already.

    Hoping you love Count the Ways as much as I did, it seemed almost autobiographical at times. Shoulder Season is on my “soon to read list. Just finished Swimming Back to Trout River (which I loved) and should finish Malibu Rising today (another good one.)

    We’ve had 6” of rain this week which has been depressing – wish we could have sent some your way. More thunderstorms and rain for a few more days at least.

    Enjoy your Sunday.

    1. I know. The month has passed so quickly. He will leave on Thursday. Stop in Arizona and then New Mexico and then Kansas.

      Shoulder Season is an interesting topic. There’s always been so much interest in the Playboy empire.

      Malibu Rising is on my Kindle and waiting for my attention. Looking forward to Maynard’s book. She is such a good writer.

  2. Sounds like you’ve had a good weekend thus far, and the week’s starting off with a day off with your son. Hope you have fun tomorrow.

    Like you, I’m concerned about the Delta variant too, but trying to remain calm in the knowledge that Kim and I are fully vaccinated. That said, I’m glad not to be going anywhere today. Right now I’m reading Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, which I just started and am enjoying already.

  3. Glad you could get to the coast and escape the heat for a while… unbelievable how hot it is! I’m on the library hold list for Joyce Maynard’s new novel. Hoping to get it sometime next month. Enjoy your trip to the new indie bookstore!!

  4. Ugh. That heat must just zap your energy. We spent most of our road trip in triple digits and are now back to a very cool coastline. We’re lucky if it goes above 60! A little too chilly for me, but I won’t complain. 🙂

    I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Joyce Maynard’s new book. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    1. I wilt in the heat. I am ok if I am in the shade but full sun does me in. Quickly. Today is not bad though. About 90.

  5. It’s gets hot and humid here in SW Florida but we have never had a temp of over 100. Thank God.

    We are back to our normal summer weather with afternoon thunder storms. However, they seem to be more severe this year.

    Good thing you are close enough to the harbor to cool off.

    1. The harbor for us is about an hour drive. If there isn’t traffic. It’s worth it. It’s along a road that takes you through farms and the like. Nice scenic drive.

  6. Glad you got away and went to the harbor. I love anyplace that has water. The Otter Pup has great taste, the only type of fish I like is Cod.

    I may be making taco’s for supper tonight. Haven’t decided yet.

    My daughter and I had planned on going to a botanical garden near us a few weeks ago but it rained that day so we ended up just going on a road trip.

    Just when you think things are getting back to normal the Delta variant shows up!

    1. I do hope you can visit the botanical garden. I will probably wait until fall to do that here. It’s just fun when it’s hot and not much is blooming when it’s so hot and dry.

      Oh. Cod. The pup loved the bits I shared with her. She was so cute nibbling on my finger.

  7. Enjoy your last few days with your son. Once they move away, they never quite move back, but that’s what being a parent is all about!

    The beach sounds wonderful. I do wish we lived by a beach. But, I don’t have to deal with temperatures in the 100s, so I guess it is a trade-off! 😉

    Honestly, I don’t think anything is going to come up with the Delta variant. I think most cities/states/governments have less concern with people catching the variant than with the economic consequences of closing down again.

    1. LA County had over 3500 new COVID cases of Delta the other day. 90%, unvaccinated folks. When I bought my return ticket from Missouri to Ca I was told I would have to quarantine. ???.

      My son was away for college, then back for COVID, then away, then back. Now he will be away for the year, for sure. He might renew if Kansas goes well.

  8. Time at the beach/harbor where it’s cooler is a fabulous idea; I’m sure it was a great day. When my daughter graduated from high school I felt like we found her a bunch of new doctors/dentist as well.

  9. Sounds like you are making the most of the time you have with your kids. I’m happy for you. I am eager for my time off next month. I am getting burnt out again.

    I was thrilled to be featured on a poetry podcast this month, and I hope I sounded intelligent and engaged others. It’s hard to gauge without audience comments.

    I have been listening to audios and I hope I can finish a book I’ve been reading for nearly a month now.

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