This summer was like most - I plan on staying on top of everything, and then I really don't, and then I pick it all up again when school starts. Fortunately, on my thirteenth year of this, I've gotten pretty familiar with the pattern and have basically surrendered.
This was Sam's last summer of high school, and we spent it on a rather amazing gallop around the east coast while he played baseball. It wasn't all perfect - like life, baseball has a lot of room for ups and downs - but it was definitely all expansive. And the chance to spend the majority of my time with my 17 year old kid, who also seems to be grateful that we're spending that time together? Definite yes.
So we toured way more places than I thought we were going to (Brooklyn and Providence were not on the radar in May), and in the end it was pretty great. Also in the end it turns out my brain was packed completely full with the logistics and emotions of the summer, so there wasn't much room for anything else. But, as usual, school started and I am back in the groove here on the farm. Jewelry is in high production for the season, and new ideas are jumping out of my head almost faster than I can keep track of them, and my knitting needles are getting quite the workout. I'm excited to be back to the regularly scheduled program here, but also very grateful to look back on the summer. Here it is, a few highlights of what we ended up dubbing The Summer of Possibility: