We're beginning the countdown to the first day of school. Only 12 days from today, the kids will be back in classes. Homework will take the place of afternoon t.v. shows, alarms will be set for early mornings, and I'll be faced with what the heck do I make them for lunches. They both have registration next week, they groan about having to go back, but at the same time they're bugging me to shop for some school supplies and a few new items of clothing.
We have a second family of robins in our back yard. They've taken up the previous occupant's residence on the drain pipe. They are growing fat and sassy and surely will fledge soon. The poor mom is wearing herself thin just keeping them fed.
I missed the first big blooming of our new rosebushes. Dan said the bushes were full of flowers when we were gone. I buy rosebushes as much for the names as for the color. Kind of like buying OPI nail polish. (Could you resist buying a lovely shade of pink dubbed You're Such a Kabuki Queen? Or a sassy Paint My Moji-toes Red? How about a plum Friar-Friar, Pants on Fire?) I love the hybrid tea roses and we planted several of that variety. There's the regal red of the Ronald Reagan. The buttery yellow Welcome Home has a yummy aroma and seemed appropriate for our new house. Tiffany is a beautiful lavender color with a sweet fragrance. I chose one climbing rose that has deep red buds and blooms a lovely orange and yellow. It's called Joseph's Coat.
Speaking of Joseph, our oldest will boomerang back to the nest in a few weeks. After two semesters in college, he has been living in the Tacoma area while drumming up business for a web design and management company he started. It's kept him busy enough that he's encouraged to keep going. And he's learning some life lessons about living on his own. So, he'll be rooming with us for a while, getting a roof over his head and three square meals a day, until we can fatten him up and he's ready to venture out again. If you have a business that could use some help in the web marketing area, check out Managed Designs.
I came home from our trip weighing * pounds heavier than when I left. On a good day, I've lost 3 of those pounds, but most days they keep peeking up and pointing their tongues at me, fingers wiggling in their ears. I often wonder where I can find the motivation to find a diet and stick with it, and am reminded from an old Weight Watchers meeting that motivation comes and goes, so if you wait for the next wave you're never really in control. You have to go through the motions and, to borrow a phrase from Nike, "just do it!" I found a quote today that hit home:
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily."
On a final note, I'm really missing the shore. Summer has finally turned on the heat here in Colorado. What I wouldn't give for a day at the beach. So, I leave you with this. . .