Monday, August 12, 2019

One For The Books + #MyPostMonday The Week's Best Original Content

Well darn! Just when I thought I had this summer thing down really well, thinking I can live my best life like this, it's time to go back to work! I don't even know how teachers can call their break a vacation because they have to be back in the classroom at least a week before school starts, and the stress of knowing that starts at least a week before that. I guess any vacation is better than no vacation! I'm sure they know it's good to give teachers at least some time off! It really saves those attrition rates and mental break-downs in the classrooms! I say this as a teacher's assistant. I don't know how they do it! 

Time is going so dang fast, I probably should just go ahead and start planning Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They're practically here already!

My summer basically was spent doing some hikes, some gardening, some reading, and some napping. We didn't travel anywhere because I'm still a live-in care-giver for "Grandpa", my dad, who is now 90 years old! He gets really nervous if he is left alone. He becomes disoriented and paranoid. So we'll forego vacations for awhile. It's so pretty around here anyway, that I don't feel like I'm missing much by going elsewhere to unwind. But someday, we'll get to travel more! In the meantime, me and my dog, we go sniff out some trouble!
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I visited my neighbor today and enjoyed that so much! She's a little older than me, but she has so much joie de vivre, it makes me wish I had half of her motivation and drive! She and her husband are retired and just one of the things she does is volunteer at the church history museum in Salt Lake City and gives tours for the different exhibits. The exhibits change approximately every 3 -4 months  and every time they do, she is given an assignment to learn about what will be in the exhibits. The next upcoming exhibit is going to be all about Women's Suffrage in Utah. It's quite an important historical topic because Utah was the first state to give women the right to vote. This was before Utah became a U.S. territory/state. When Utah became officially a state, the right to vote was revoked by the U.S. Government. So Utah was ahead of the game when it came to women's right to vote. The first woman Senator was from Utah as well. 

 I've been loving my bike rides thoroughly, getting up really early, while it's still dark and doing a 10-mile ride up the canyon. I stop along the way, sit on a rock and watch the river go by. It's been such a wild weather year this year. I can't believe that Utah is still considered a desert for all the rain and snow we have received.

I can tell that Autumn is almost here. The crickets have started their chirping in the evenings. It was
the first of August, almost to the day, when the evenings became replete with the sound. It's strangely comforting and peaceful to hear them. As the Fall progresses we will still be hearing them, until we get a few evenings that dip into the low 40's and upper 30's. Then they will gradually fade away until late next summer, when they will start up again!

And how about that zucchini? It is growing like gang busters! If I wanted to, I could stay up all night and literally watch a tiny zucchini grow at least 8 inches. OVERNIGHT! It's so crazy how that happens. It's why I refuse to buy zucchini at the store. They are so expensive for how crazy easy and fast they grow.  I've made a few zucchini bread and wow, there is nothing like it~~so moist and tasty!
 I hope that you are enjoying your last few weeks of summer! It has been one for the books! What have you been doing this summer?
 Today is "My Post Monday!", a curation of the week's best original content. It's all about posts from Crafts to Camping, Wellness to Wealth, Fashion to Food, and whatever else is on the brain!  I  open up with a post of my own and then follow it up with a linky of the week's top original blog posts! It's all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows--in other words, they are active, writing blogs. If I happen to find a great original, non-sponsored post, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MyPostMonday hashtag!  I can miss some amazing posts, but I don't want to!  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll visit your site, comment, promote and publicize(Affiliate links welcome)     

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