Summer’s now half over

To me, summer runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For educators in these parts, summer’s over in mid-July. It finally sunk in today that I’m actually retired. Guess what? I get to enjoy the ENTIRE summer!

Several of my administrator friends had to report for work yesterday. If I were returning for another school year, next week (July 18-22) would be my last week of freedom. Teachers report for preplanning week on July 25. School starts August 1 – less than three weeks away. Can you believe it?

I’ll still be following a school schedule to some degree. 🙂 Later this fall, Sadie and I will begin serving as a school based R.E.A.D. dog team at a nearby elementary school. It’s very different from a public library based program and requires a higher level of commitment. Exactly the type of volunteer activity I’m seeking – one that utilizes my skill set on a regular basis.

Quilting is also humming along – technical editing, pondering ideas for a potential book, quilt camp this week, memory quilt/pillows for a friend, hubby’s retirement quilt, Granny’s Garden Squared QAL and finding my way back into cross-stitch. Once I purged about 1/3 the stuff out of my studio, my creative muse reappeared.

Yes, I will thoroughly enjoy a full summer for a change!

Keep on quilting!