After a fourteen hour car ride, we arrived to our destination! Our annual summer retreat in Maine. As we drove down the dirt road, I could see glimpses of the sun setting as it glowed through the trees and glistened on the river. It was high tide and the water looked so inviting. What a beautiful site of the late evening sun radiating on the river and on our summer abode, or “camp” as the New Englanders call it. Our golden retriever, Gracie, was just as excited as she paced back and forth in the back seat whimpering her sighs of anticipation. The long car ride did me in. I am not the best copilot so I was anxious to get out of the car, stretch my legs, and begin our two weeks of bliss and relaxation. Two weeks of lazy afternoons, kayak rides down the river, day trips exploring the coast, lobster dinners, and friendship gatherings. This is one of my favorite times of the year.
I’ve got the Sunday blues.
It is cloudy and rainy.
My husband was home for the weekend but had to leave town for work.
My mom came to visit and left today too.
I miss my dog.
Just feeling the blues.
I recently heard from a dear friend of mine and it reminded me of a special tradition we share together. Instead of exchanging gifts at the holidays, we exchange a friendship journal. This journal is a collection of the year’s highs and lows from our lives. One of us keeps the journal for a year and then gifts it to the other the following holiday. We have been alternating the journal back and forth now for over a decade. Actually, we are on the second one! She and her family live in Utah so it is a great way for us to keep in touch. I also enjoy reading the entries and reflecting over the years.
Every summer, we still venture back to our hometown to visit with our parents (her mom and my mom are good friends too!)and meet up in person but sometimes our travel plans don’t coincide which is a bummer. This past Christmas was special though because we happen to be home for the holidays and exchanged the journals in person. The journals are now in her hands so I will have to wait but it will be well worth the wait!
It’s feel good Friday!
Here’s what I am feeling good about…
Students had a read-in (they LOVE this!)
Coffee from Starbucks
Husband home for the weekend
Seeing my mom today
Fresh flowers in the house
Opening the windows in my car and home
Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow!
What are you feeling good about today?
It is conference time and I just finished day one. My thoughts have vanished. All went well but I am exhausted. Hitting the hay so I am ready to tackle day two tomorrow.
Dinner with my brother for his birthday
Hugging my niece and nephew
Making plans with a dear friend