Yesterday, I passed a series of shops that had beautiful window displays of sweaters, boots and wool hats. Why were winter items for sale in the middle of summer? Then I looked at my calendar. From a meteorological point of view, summer ends on September 1. Yikes, that is less than two weeks away! An astronomical point of view adds on an extra 22 days of summer, which sounds much better. So, where has my summer gone? Using the weather as my guide, I generously went back to May 2 when our island weather was reliably 15C/59F or warmer. (Hey, my calendar – my rules!) This is where my calendar told me I had spent my time.
40 Meals with friends
38 Days out of country travel – England & Italy
25 Days with out-of-town family(incl. 2 trips to Kelowna-just about to be 3)
22 Days hiking 400 km on the Via Francigena (Italy)
16 Days reconnecting with great friends from out-of-town/country
7 Blogging buddies met (Janis, Kathy, Erica, Jude, Ann, Lisa & Rand
5 Solo days with granddaughters
4.5 Books read (Until Tuesday, The Great Alone, Educated, House of Mirth and Brooklyn)
2 Home Exchanges (Victoria and North Vancouver)
1 Solo ferry ride with grandson
And here is how my iPhone visually recorded just some of my summer.
If our island weather takes pity on us, I figure that I can milk this summer thing out until the end of September. Here’s what’s on my calendar so far for these remaining days.
8 Meals with Friends (Hopefully, there will be many more added along the way)
6 Afternoons walking dogs at our local animal shelter
4 Elder College Courses (Writer’s Workshop, Natural Medicine, Philosophy, Mahjong)
3 Book Club Gatherings
2 Blogger Meet-Ups (Sue and Natalie)
1 Seattle Mariners’ Game (in Seattle)
Endless walks on our gorgeous beach before I admit defeat and declare that summer is officially over.
What about you? How have you spent this past summer? What are your plans for celebrating its final days?