Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

This has been very strange summer – no baseball, no amusement parks, no fairs, very limited travel. With Covid 19 raging, this has been the “year without fun”.

Nevertheless, we’re in relative comfort here. It’s warm, though not as warm as Ohio at this time of year. We live in a pleasant neighborhood and a nice home. I just took some photos (see below). Today is my birthday and I’ve received happy birthday greetings from all of my siblings, a few friends (including Kirk Lindstrom), and one of my children so far.

This has always been my favorite time of year. A lot of people think of baseball during the summer — me not so much, although I do have some pleasant memories of listening to Herb Score and Tom Hamilton as they announced Cleveland Indians games on the radio.

From my youth the memories are of things like going barefoot, baling hay, filling silos, and drinking mom’s vinegar & honey water mixture. As a young father, it’s things like bicycle rides and swinging my kids in the back yard, vacations, mowing the lawn, and taking care of the garden.

This year, we haven’t done much that would be considered fun — we do take Elmo on frequent walks and this is a very pleasant neighborhood to walk through — lots of shade, and not much auto traffic. My favorite place to walk to is “the bowl”, a park of sorts that’s a sunken oval-shaped field with lots of trees surrounding it, and a walking path circling it mid-way between the street-level and the field at the bottom.

We are planning a fun trip this week to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Should be fun although it’s somewhat dampened by Susan’s health. She’s really been struggling for the past few weeks with fatigue, nausea, extreme itching, and other issues. The doctors think she passed a gallstone and that her liver is also causing some of the issues. She’s been very uncomfortable and tired with her sleeping really messed up.

I’m still working for the Census Bureau, generally starting mid afternoon and working as late as midnight. The work should start tapering off soon.

7728 Filly Ct SE, Tumwater, Washington
Approaching the house

The grass was very green throughout the Winter and Spring, but is struggling now.

View of the back
View from the back deck
Path along the right side of the house
View from the front door

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