Oh, Summertime

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It was my first summer in many years without neighbor kids in my workshop. Bravely, I had decided teens and teenagers are the parent’s problem -not mine- and I have closed my free vacation daycare, until further notice.

All had started so well. I had plans, knew exactly how I would spend my summer and then, as so often, everything was turned upside down.

With a workroom full of interesting projects, I rolled back my sleeves and jumped right into the work but not for long. Turns out if THEY tell you not to eat romaine lettuce, you really shouldn’t -no matter how delicious the salad might look like.

First I thought it was food poisoning, then we assumed I got a stomach bug. It was neither; I had a not very severe case of E.coli and let me tell you, it is no fun.  For weeks,  humans and dogs didn’t get a good sleep in our house. Turns out I can run pretty fast, even jump over obstacles -if needed- and it was needed.

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As you can see, I made it and now a few pounds lighter, I am back to eating solid food and even the wine tastes good again.

Then death came by unannounced, interrupted our life when he took someone close to us away. It shook us, left us with many questions and no answers. He had been my age, what once again rattled me a bit.

When I am not feeling well -physically or emotionally- that’s when I become a hermit crab. Not even blogging could make me feel better, instead, I sat there and thought about the world and all its problems for a while. Then I shook it off, the dark clouds didn’t linger. I am not meant to suffer for long, my personality prevents me from feeling sad or bad for too long. I am blessed!

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My husband, the sweet man by my side, decided right after his 60th birthday, to make 60 his new 40 and he sent out his resume in search for a job more to his liking and of course better pay.

That too rattled my cage a bit. Surely 60 is not old anymore, because that is what I have been preaching over and over the days before his big birthday when he felt down a bit. How could I now tell him he might be too old….

Well, I couldn’t and so I supported him all the way. He got the job he was after, they even offered him a nice signing bonus (HOLLY SHAPOODLE) and then the tug of war began. His old company didn’t want to let him go, the new one wanted him badly. I stayed out of it, just watched my knight-in-shinning-armor glow like a firefly.

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In the end, he got what he wanted and I am mighty proud of him. Perhaps 60 is the new 40 and I wonder, does that mean I am the new 35? Goodness, why don’t I feel it?

After everything slowed down, I really started working like a maniac and got some great projects finished. My workroom will not be empty by the end of summer -as I had planned- but that’s ok.

Summer will be over in a few weeks and soon I will start to take in this years Holiday projects. This year I have big plans. I will get all done and close the doors of an empty workroom on December 21st and will not open it before January 7th. Let’s see how that will work out.

Anyhow, I am back to normal and that means I will spit out blog posts as I please 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Oh, Summertime

  1. Oh my goodness, Bridget! I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend, and to also hear of your E.coli experience. That one is really over-the-top. What a summer. But the good news of your husband’s opportunities highlight what I think is best for all of us to remember in cultivating emotional resilience. There are so many nice surprises in life that balance out (hopefully) the deep lows and devastating losses. We just need to wait for the roller-coaster to slow down. In my family, we say that during these times we “circle the wagons” and do our own version of closing out the world for a while. I’m glad you’re back…and continue to take care of yourself.

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  2. Oh dear, Bridget. What a sad way to spend your summer 🤢 I’m glad you’ve come out the other side and are feeling better again … and then to lose a loved one on top of that 😪

    Congratulations to your husband. These are the kinds of bright spots I like to hear about!
    I hope the rest of the summer is kind to you. It sounds like you’ve paid your dues and you’re entitled!

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  3. Sorry to hear you’ve been sick. E. coli is nothing to sneeze at! Sorry for your loss, as well. It’s tough to lose someone so close to your age.

    Wow for your husband! Awesome news. Glad you’re back.

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  4. I’m sorry you were so poorly and I am very sorry for your loss. Unexpected deaths are terribly hard to deal with and when the person was your own age (and you are no age) I think it brings difficult questions of it’s own. And bravo your hubby! I hope this marks the start of a brilliant new phase for you both. Sparkle, shine and spit whenever you feel like it!

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  5. Well that was a rough way to get through summer. I’m very sorry about your friend or family member that died so unexpectedly. It’s hard to say goodbye when you don’t get to say goodbye. I’m glad you’re feeling better. And good luck on all those projects!

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    • It didn’t turn out the way I had planned, but I suppose that’s normal. By now I should know better. 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words. If I could wish for my perfect death, then I would go with a BANG myself. While it is what most of us desire, it is tough on the ones left behind.


      • It sure is. Both of my parents died unexpectedly and instantly. Mom from an annyruism, dad in a crash with a semi truck 5 mos later. My husband’s parents both died of cancer. Either way it was really hard, but my parents didn’t suffer and for me that’s better. I guess.


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