With the last day of school over as of last Tuesday, summer has officially begun here. I still have to go to work, of course, but my work involves going out on lakes in a boat, so I can at least have some fun.
The kids and I, plus two of their friends, had our third annual camping weekend at the MN Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association's Homegrown Kickoff Festival last weekend. The weather was perfect, we all had fun, plus we got to see some of Minnesota's talented musicians. The Hermit stayed home, tended to household things, and that ended up being okay for everyone. Camping with extra kids is not for everyone.
The schedule looks brutal for the next couple of weeks. Vinny and Joe are both in baseball, with practices and games during the day. Did I mention Vinny was named All Conference Honorable Mention in baseball, as a freshman? I see good things in the years ahead.
Vinny is also taking Driver's Ed in the afternoon. Yes. Where did the time go? He will be fifteen a week from today, and is growing taller by the second.
Nina is in a volleyball league on Sunday nights. She and her teammates looked like they were having a lot of fun tonight, while playing some good ball. They won three 25 point games.
Me, I am really bummed that I totally missed the starflower bloom this year. They are everywhere in the woods, but they bloomed earlier than normal, and I did not get out where they were to see them.
And I have to tell you about St. John's wort. If you are mildly aware of herbology you have probably heard about its antidepressant effects. Let me tell you, it works. I started taking it just over a week ago, right before the camping trip, and I have not felt this balanced, this happy, in a long time.
So there you have it. My favorite time of year!
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