This summer is very busy:
1) We are pretty much finished with the actual remodel work on the kitchen and downstairs, so now we have to move everything back into place. We knew there were some young men in a family down the street, so B. and I went to see about hiring one to help move furniture, and they invited us in for a visit. Their house has the same floor plan as ours, and their kitchen still has the old dark brown laminated particle board cabinets! Coming back home to the light and cheery changes here made me very thankful.
The upper tray is shallower so I put the shorter containers there, alongside my box of teabags that I bring out for guests to choose from. On both trays I tried to have the spices on the left and the herbs on the right, but I wasn't very strict about it. Since I don't make gallons of soup every week anymore, the large containers of seasonings aren't necessary, and I will convert to smaller ones gradually as I use them up. It was buying these ingredients in one-pound packages through our food co-op that led to keeping generous quantities. Two or three times kind friends have given me collections of spices as gifts, which only encourages happy expansion.
2) We are going on the second extended-family vacation of the summer, leaving this weekend, this time to an area near Bend, Oregon called Sunriver, where daughter Pearl's family from the East are renting a house for as many of us as can make it. We'll stay most of a week, and have plans for visiting Crater Lake, hiking, river rafting, swimming and fishing--though not all of us want to do all those things.
3) After the Oregon fun, Pearl and some of those grandchildren are staying at our house for a few more days. Just in time we are getting boxes and downstairs furniture out of the bedrooms upstairs so they won't have to camp midst the chaos. They won't care if the pictures aren't back on the walls; the swimming pool is still in its place.
4) I have been reading a lot, since I discovered that some books actually do stay open on the treadmill shelf at the gym, and do not fall off. The Cairo Trilogy was like that, all three volumes just the right size and shape, and old enough that the binding wasn't too tight. If only I could write reviews while walking fast uphill, but just underlining passages is risky enough. If I'm lucky I just end up with very wiggly lines all through the book, but occasionally I drop the pencil or the book and make an embarrassing ruckus.
There is so much I want to muse about while writing blogs on these books. I hope the summer isn't too busy for that.
5) Son P. is getting married this summer! He is the 4th child, and the 4th to get married. I started to say they have gone down in order, but I should say that they have gone up to the altar in order. I think this couple won't have an altar, though, as their wedding will be outdoors. We are as thrilled as can be about our soon-to-be daughter-in-law, whom we have known since she was a darling baby. Glory to God!