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Everyone I know can hardly wait for the warm weather of summer. The only part of it I really like is more daylight hours and seeing the pretty flowers. For me, summer is that time where. even with extra daylight, I am always behind. I have this same conversation every year. I want so much to embrace the summer and enjoy all it brings. It just doubles my work in the same amount of time. I have outside work to do as well as inside.

Sonar in his basket. He’s a permanent resident for my son and DIL

To start my summer off, my son and his wife came out early to avoid fire season. We enjoyed a cool drive to the beach for one night before coming back home to move every bit of furniture so they could replace the original molding in the common rooms of the house. Did you know they use pressed paper for window sills and molding in manufactured homes?

paper door frame, new plastic floor molding

When I had laminate flooring put in seven years ago, the molding was never put back properly. The dynamic duo made short work of a very hard project. It looks wonderful and fresh with the plastic that will hold up to cleaning so much better.

They cut new top boards for the fence as they were starting to disintegrate. Now I need to get them painted when the heat wave gives us a break. I do all my work very early in the morning before the rest of the world gets up. Heat is not my friend. They also cleaned my gutters and moss off the roof. How is that for a vacation?

After giving a great deal of thought to my age and vision, I decided to have my son take my beast home and have it looked at by his mechanic whom we both trust and decide if they want to keep it or sell it. Either way, I will probably not be doing much or any more driving. It’s not worth the risk to others on the road unless something changes at the eye doctor visit next month. This was a very hard decision with a lot of waffling back and forth. It’s like my house, I can no longer maintain it on my own. I also gave them my dresser which has always been too big for the space.

It was packed but not quite full this time. Dresser fit.

Moving that dresser was quite the feat. I suggested backing the car up to the bottom of the steps so they didn’t have to lift it so high. The dresser is oak with cedar lined drawers. Even taking the drawers out and the mirrors off, left it a challenge for the two of them. But it worked! My DIL held her breath, expecting the car to slam into the porch rails knowing they would have to help fix them. It went without a hitch. I picked up a smaller dresser at a thrift store while we were at the beach. Now I’m sanding and painting it and another old one that has needed a lift for YEARS!

It went straight across and slid right in.
A final goodbye to a trusted vehicle

One thing leads to another, doesn’t it? It’s that time of year…again.

Is summer a favorite time for you or just twice the work load?

From my heart to yours,

Marlene Herself

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  1. What hard work for everyone. I get much more done in the winter when it’s cooler. The days are a bit shorter, but I don’t have to retreat from the heat for several hours or risk heatstroke! I’m sorry your car isn’t going to offer you the same freedom any more, and hope you have a handy friend to drive you when needed?

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    • I LOVE the cooler months too and get lots of stuff done. Painting has to be done at the right temps so a lot of that is on hold. It’s either too wet or right now, outrageously hot. There has been no in between this year to get the work done. Inspections have already started in our park and I’m hoping to get the painting done before they get down this far.

      As for a handy friend, my daughter does most of my driving already. It seemed silly to have my car sit until the battery could die. It does move a lot of stuff though. I’ll miss that part. Not gas friendly so it’s better off where it’s going.

      I’ve had a heatstroke so I’m with you. Not worth going there. That was the only time I thought I was truly dying. We moved to Georgia from Germany in the summer and had never experienced that kind of heat. I still can’t sweat anymore. I even worry about the birds in the heat we are having. I don’t know how you do it. I’m ready for winter already. Come on cozy! 🙂 Hugs to you, Kate.

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  2. Every part of life is a stage with a beginning and end and it is sad when your wheels leave you. But that doesn’t mean you are stuck. Do you have good public transport or friends who can give you a lift if needed?

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    • I just know what I can’t see and my independence isn’t worth risking anyone’s life so there it goes. Maintaining that old beast was getting harder when I found mechanics weren’t always honorable. That gets expensive. I will miss my trusty steed but she is in good hands now. They need her more than I do up on that mountain. My daughter will always take me anywhere I need to go. Her job affords her that possibility. Caring for an aging, terminal mother has it’s perks and right now she’s still working from home. If I have a good vision day, (they come and go) I can always take her car but I don’t go very far. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda.

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  3. We all have to realize when it’s time to give something up because it is becoming too dangerous to do. It’s never an easy decision especially when it involves your independence. I gave up lawn care this summer. I just can’t do it anymore, my knees are too bad. It’s not near as bad as giving up your car but it still felt like some of my independence left me. I’m like you, I enjoy the longer daylight and greenery of summer, not the heat. I don’t do well in heat either. You are so lucky that your kids help you out when you need it. I wish I had that but then that would have meant having kids….so, um, yeah no for me. LOL Enjoy your longer days, my friend. I am. Big hugs!

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    • There is always a flip side to everything. I got ever so lucky in the kid department. It was on my agenda this lifetime. My daughter can’t do a lot of physical things but she does take me where I need to go and her vision and reaction time are so much better than mine. I can still drive better than 90% on the road but too many I know don’t give up driving until they total their cars. My sister put the only dent in my bumper and her truck has had it’s share. I want to end with a clean record.

      We are getting 113 on Sunday and it’s 3:00 a.m. and almost 70 degrees. Won’t be able to get much outside work done this week..

      I agree that it’s hard to lose my independence but I guess in the overall scheme of things, I’ve never been fully independent. I don’t have a lawn here and tried to make this place fairly maintenance free but the darn weeds don’t seem to care. The park doesn’t allow weeds. 🙂 Stay cool if you can, Jackie. It’s going to be a record buster everywhere this year. Hugs right back.

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  4. That Time…Aga

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  5. When you say work, do you mean house and garden work? I know you have a bigger place than I do, but perhaps there are ways you can cut down on some of the things that “have” to be done – perhaps some of them don’t have to be done every day, or even every 2 days? I have two small gardens and only have indigenous plants growing, just the odd alien here and there. I go for a less-manicured, more organic type of “landscaping”, shall we say? 😉
    I used to work under someone who once gave me some very helpful advice on the taking of minutes. I had to do the minutes for the monthly meeting at the university’s medical school. There were about 500 people in attendance every time, and it was hectic. Recording it and then trying to wade through the lack of taped clarity was an absurd waste of time, so she said – jot down what you can, write it up as soon as possible afterwards, then cut it by half. Go through it all again then cut by half for a second time. My minutes were always approved and seconded with no objections. I don’t think anyone ever even read them.

    You son and DIL sound fantastic, so incredibly helpful and energetic. You are blessed. I’m looking forward to pics of the newly completed dressers that you’re working on, am sure they’re going to be inspirational.

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    • Yes, I mean house and garden work. You are right. I need to cut something out. Have given up all my sewing groups as that seemed to keep adding projects and I come up with more all by myself. It’s ridiculous.

      The park is starting inspections again and I don’t want them to write me up as non compliant. I need to get the steps and the fence repainted as soon as the heat gets back to normal. We are having the most erratic weather ever.

      The kids cleaning the gutters and getting the moss off the roof are part of the inspection so I’m clear there. Putting away ladders after my daughter paints the chipped fascia on the roof line is on the list. If I didn’t live in this park with all the rules and controls, I wouldn’t be so pressed.

      I do seem to make more work for myself but at least those cushions are almost done. They have needed to be replace since before I got them. My sister gave the furniture to me. Couldn’t buy any to fit so I’m doing my best to figure them out.

      The winter months I can stay in and no one cares about the garden. Neighbors call the office if they don’t like how you are keeping up your place. Of course I want my place looking tidy. Right now a condo is looking really good. But then I couldn’t sand dressers in the driveway. 😉 I’m really working at letting go of anything that smells of perfection because we both know there is no getting there. Yes, I am so very blessed. There is no way to express my gratitude that they take very precious vacation time to fly out and help me. Thanks for stopping by, Jill. Hope you are healing and doing better too.

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  6. Three cheers for your wonderful son and daughter in law. You seem to be doing a great job of letting go of things which are no longer particularly useful to you.

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, they are the dynamic duo working hard to make my life easier. It’s that time of life to let go, for me anyway. I’ll miss my beast but my instinct kept saying it was time. I’ve been accident free so I want to keep it that way. My daughter has been doing most of my driving for me in a more fuel efficient vehicle. It makes her happy to be able to help me in that way.

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  7. So glad you have this amazing duo to lend more than a helping hand! Take it easy in the heat Marlene 💛🙏💛

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    • I’m glad I have them too, Val. I’ll be a puddle on the floor this week. We are seriously unaccustomed to this kind of heat. I just don’t sweat like most so it’s in and out of the shower to keep my temp in balance. I’ll probably catch up on blogs this week. 🙂 There is a bonus to everything. Thanks for the visit.

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  8. I’m sure it was a difficult decision to give up driving, but probably for the best. We want you to stay safe. Taking away my mother’s car was very difficult. For many years after she said she wanted to keep her driver’s license. She said if she no longer had a license it was like she wasn’t a real person anymore. Now, she doesn’t remember that she ever drove a car or had a license.
    I love having the extra daylight, but like you, I always feel like I’m running behind. Thank you again for the beautiful hummingbird card! I still have it on display.❤️

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    • I knew you have a fondness for humming birds so it seemed right for you.
      I did not want to put my kids in that position. I have days where I can see better than others. Not sure what that’s about but unless I’m 100% sure I can do it safely, I’ll let my daughter drive. We still have her car here but I doubt I’ll ever drive it. I would be devastated if I hurt anyone. The beast needed some love and I haven’t found anyone trustworthy to work on it. My son will make sure she gets looked after.
      I’m sorry your mom didn’t feel real without driving. Alzheimer’s and dementia are mean taskmasters. Hoping to avoid either of them.
      Maybe we are the kind of people that feel most alive when we pile on the to-do’s. I create more work for myself as though if I run out, I’ll stop breathing. My kids say I’m my own worst enemy. Now I have 2 dressers to refurbish instead of one. 😉 Stay cool if you can, Jill. It’s going to be an unprecedented summer.

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  9. It was good to see another post from you, Marlene! I enjoyed catching up on your summer doings, now that it is truly summer. As usual, you’ve been very busy with projects! Summers in New Hampshire are so short,I try to get out of the house as much as possible to enjoy it. My husband and I are headed to northern Vermont so I can get more inspiration photos for the book I’m working on.

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    • We had wonderful summers a few years ago. Now they are record breakers. Sunday will be one of 3 record breaking days here. When my son was here a week ago, it was cool and wet but got enough of a break to get the jobs they won’t let me do anymore, done. I get out to the garden at 5 a.m. after my morning walk. I’m back inside by 10-11. Hopefully to finish another cushion and start finishing something easier. 😉

      Have you talked about the book on your blog? I don’t remember that but I’d love to hear about it. I think my blogging friend Jennie lives in Vermont as I was reading this morning. I’m trying to catch up here. Have a great and productive trip.

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  10. What a lot of helpful work they did! It’s amazing how much upkeep a house requires. The older I get the more I realize how little I actually need in the way of space and things and am very careful not to accumulate too much stuff unless it’s something that dramatically adds to comfort or pleasure.

    I do hope you have a service like Uber to drive you when you want to get out and about?

    Peta

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    • I agree with you about simplifying. I give away so much but it seems so much still winds up here. I’ve donate dozens of boxes of books and tubs of fabric. The kids took home a chest full of flannel they will use for the preschool mats. I swear stuff appears while I’m sleeping. I share my place with my daughter. She’s my Uber driver and loves every minute of it. Working from home makes it easier too. I’m spending less when I can’t just wander off to the stores. Bonus. 🙂 Thanks for the visit. I tried to go to your website but it won’t connect. I’m sorry.

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  11. Hi Marlene, it sounds as though you’ve already had a busy summer, and it’s only starting. Having good help is a plus, and yours seem to have achieved a lot. By the way I noticed the photo of the cat in the basket. Is your home subject again to the supervision of a superior being?

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    • No cats here though I am not adverse. My DIL found it crying alone under the porch and he adopted my son as his personal mom. They weren’t sure if the old cat they had would hurt it but they seem to have come to an understanding when the kids were visiting here. They can watch them on their phones. Sonar may end up with his own Youtube channel because they video him so often. He plays fetch for a long time. And he’s a cuddler. Old Gracie is not. I have to live vicariously but get lots of photos. 🙂 Yes, summers for me are always in hyper-drive. Blogging slows down. This week will be a bit different with the heat dome over Portland. I just don’t manage heat. Hope you are staying cool, Lou. I’ll try and get more of your posts read while I sit and swelter. 🙂 I’m grateful for AC.

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  12. Congratulations on having the wisdom to know when to say enough and be willing to move forward with new plans. I suspect that most people have a difficult time giving up their cars and driving. I know I will as I have a hard time asking for help with anything! Try to stay safe and hydrated in all this heat Marlene. My daughter is finally headed to Colorado on Monday so we pack her up this weekend. Who knew when she rented the U-Haul that we would be in a heat wave 😦

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    • Oh goodness, Deb! A U-haul in this weather! I’ll say an extra one for them. You said her dad was going too so that’s a bonus. I’m just hoping our AC doesn’t quit this summer.
      As for driving, I’ve been doing less and less this last year. I thought they had the issue fixed but as long as I see the way I see, I’m not getting behind a wheel. I have a perfect driving record without even dents so I like to give it up on the high side. It does take a lot to ask or allow help. But it makes the helper feel so good that I have to allow it. I always loved being the helper. Quite the switch. Stay cool, Deb. I’ll keep good thoughts for you and daughter.

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  13. Hey Marlene! I’m glad your son and DIL were able to come help you with some big projects. That’s very kind of them. I know I appreciate the help our kids lend to us, too.

    I do happen to love summer; the long days and being outside. Intend to neglect inside chores and projects. After being gone for a week, the weeds have decided to take up residence. And, I had them all pulled before we left. But that’s the nature of summer. Take care, my friend and stay cool.

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    • If the earth is ever totally scorched, we will be guaranteed that the weeds will be there again in a week. 🙂 We are both lucky to have great kids. I would love to ignore the inside but we moved so much that everything now has to be cleaned because I “saw” it. 🙂 I knew you were a summer girl. So many are. I just can’t sweat and stay cool. So I hide. 😉 I’ll get that last cushion made today. Thanks for the visit, Missy.

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  14. Everything looks spic and span Marlene-a-go-go. Good work by all. Home ownership is all about the projects, whether it’s winter or summer. Given that our summer is only 3 months long, I tend to relish it more than winter. If there wasn’t that whole Christmas thing in December, winter would be a bust.
    We’re coming into a heat wave in Alberta of epic proportions, never heard of where I live. Like 35C, 36C and maybe hotter for up to 10 days in a row. Thank goodness we have AC.
    Fingers crossed the power stays on or we’ll all be in a pickle. xo hugs K

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    • I hear you on the winter thing. If I could sweat like other people, I could handle the heat. Heatstroke at 10 took that away. So now I have to hose myself down all summer. I agree, home ownership is all about the projects. It’s harder when they come to inspect and make sure you’ve done them all. We are also having record breaking heat for the next 10 days. Triple digits for 3 of them. Sunday will be 112 or more. The other 2 days are more like 40 C. I’m worried about the power too so AC is then only power other than computers and fridge I’m using. Maybe the microwave. 🙂 Any excuse not to cook and clean will do. 😉 I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you and you can cross yours for me. 🙂 Stay chilled. Hugs, MH

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  16. Marlene, I’m so glad your son and DIL helped you so much! I understand about the extra work in the summer. Mainly, the gardener (husband) does the outside work because of the extreme heat in Phoenix and I wear compression stockings, but he’s working way too much to keep up with it all. Then everything today takes more time, so there’s that. I hope you can enjoy the good parts of your summer XOXO.

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    • I’ve never had a husband that helped with things so I’m extra grateful my son isn’t that way. He will cook, clean, iron, vacuum and do the lawn along with tech support. He watched the men in my life and decided to be a different kind of man. I hate that I can no longer do it all myself though. We are having Phoenix temps this week. ;( I’m not leaving the house. Thanks for stopping by, Luanne.

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  17. Kudos to your son and DIL – a dynamic duo indeed, and a loving couple. Sorry about saying goodbye to “the beast.” Eye changes as we grow old are not something I had worried about in my “youth” and now…. I know how very important our eye health is. I hope you have some good news at your next eye doctor visit (I have three different eye docs for three different problems, and their remedies have helped..). I’m so impressed with your creativity in dressing up an old dresser. Yay! Me? I love summer more and more each year. I take two months off of teaching, so I find I have more time to water my plants and watch the birds. 😉 Love to you, Marlene.

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    • Thanks for the visit, Pam. Oddly, I don’t even miss the old beast unless I thinking about moving something. It’s a great Uhaul. Vision has always been my weakest link. I’m grateful for all the extra years I’ve been able to see to do things. I’ve been sewing by braille for quite some time but I can’t hurt anyone with the sewing machine. 🙂 I didn’t want to be the person that totaled a car and had to have keys pulled. I’m giving in with grace. My daughter loves driving me anywhere I need to go. Her job affords her that freedom. I do like the summer until the temps start to skyrocket like they are doing this week. I love gardening but have to do it in the shade and under 75 degrees. 🙂 I still do all my own gardening. I have never worked as hard as since I stopped having a job. Always something to do. Enjoy your summer. Loving your book.

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      • You have a magnificent caring daughter (and son) and what a difference that makes in living life to the fullest possible. 💖 I love thinking of you reading my book! 🤭

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  18. Good to hear from you, Marlene! I’ve been thinking of you since the heat dome has hit here, too, with temps over 100 F; we’ve never had that in June before. Makes me a bit anxious about July and August.

    I wish places like mobile home parks were a bit more understanding about people’s varying needs and abilities. That requirement to live to a stock standard of ‘niceness’ sure bothers me. If I had bought the mobile home I was looking at a couple of years ago, I would be in the same situation and, like you, would have done my best to keep up to scratch. But I’m not naturally that way. I’d love to let the lawns go to wildflower gardens, myself. Or just grow a mix of flowers and veggies . . . I know, ‘not nice’ . . .

    I do hope you are able to stay cool through all this.

    I’m so glad you have such great kids; what a difference it makes! I used to love driving my Mum places when I could (usually my youngest sister took her, in a comfy car with A/C and all). I did get to be the bookmobile, though, which I really loved a lot. I’d bring home about 30 books and she could pick and choose . . .

    Hope those jobs are managed without too much wear and tear on you . . . and I hope you have some time to enjoy the summer, whatever form that will take this year.

    Sending cool waves (instead of warm hugs LOL) and much love. Know that you are being thought of . . .

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    • Thanks for the COOL waves, Linne. It’s supposed to get to 116 today. Breaking the all time record of 108. Mother Nature is PISSED that we have done such a crap job of taking care of things here. I’m planning on trying to get my place sold by Autumn. My daughter is on notice that I’m ready to be done with this. My son took everything he could find of his here. If I have a year or 10 years, I don’t want to spend it here. We get trapped at the bottom of this hill and now that my Suburban is gone, I can’t load things up and run if we have more disasters. If we make it through today without the heat pump giving out, I’ll call it good. My daughter is working in her tiny room and needs the cool. I’ve been thinking about you and hoped we’d touch base soon. Now that the kids are gone and the heat breaks, I can get back to business as normal. Whatever that is. I have lots of correspondence to catch up on. Where are you and where are you going next? Send me a note. Always in my thoughts. Hugs and love, M

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  19. How great that you got some DIY help and it must have been a difficult time to give up your car. I don’t like the heat of summer either. Roll on September !

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Cathy. It’s been pretty busy around here the last few weeks and we are baking right now. It topped out at 113 today and broke every record for heat. No one is moving around here. My plants are crispy even though we tried to keep them wet. Giving up my car was the hardest decision I’ve had to make. My house comes next. Just getting it ready to sell so I can get a place I can manage. I hate apartment living but hate my kid spends his whole visit working on this place. It’s time. Come on Fall. I hate summer.

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  20. Looks wonderful and a lot of work put in. Hope you are ok in the heat

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    • You know all about that kind of hard work, Maja. I’m thinking about selling my place and going for more simple since I’m at the other end of the life plan than you. The heat took a much needed break and we have some relief for the time being. The work here never seems to end.

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  21. Difficult decision., but it sounds like you thought it through carefully. You have some wonderfully supportive family members which helps make everything better. Love to you Marlene.

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  22. Hi dear Marlene… Good to be reading you again after my own what seems like long absence from WP… Good to see you, and that you had family visit… Decluttering, and reorganising things in practical ways is prudent…
    Loved your bright chair coverings, and so pleased your dresser loaded okay and no pulled muscles in the process..
    I am sure it was a great wrench saying good bye to your trusted vehicle… that must have been a hard choice, even if wise one..

    Sending you lots of love Marlene… and huge squishy Hugs and well wishes.. From over the Pond…
    Sue ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • I haven’t been here much either, Sue. Too many things requiring my attention during the summer months and the extreme heat slowed down my progress. The kids didn’t have a lot of time to help but getting that too large dresser out of my room felt so good. Letting go of my car is harder. It’s a working truck for us and now we have to rely on my daughters smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle to do the work. I know my limits and don’t want to hurt anyone or my car so it’s best to let the more capable do the driving for now. I finally finished the fourth cushion so the front porch is welcoming now. Hugs back to you.

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      • Likewise Marlene and then I became ill, and my energy would just wane every time I tried to open up my PC… So I took that as another sign to rest and withdraw for a time….
        I just wanted to send some love over the airwaves and thank you for being such a beautiful friend ❤ love Sue ❤

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  23. That’s wonderful that your son and DIL helped you so much around the house, Marlene! Oh yes, always more work in summer it seems, but at least the days are longer too, so that’s good. I don’t like doing stuff when it’s dark (and cold) outside, even though I have electric light and heating – lol! Must be my inner grizzly or something, hibernating in winter. 😉

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    • I’m with you 100% on the inner grizzly. I tend to hibernate in winter too. I can read and sew more in cold damp weather. Summer means garden work as well as painting projects and basic home repairs. I finally finished painting the dressers and am working on the deck and shed. Lots to be done before I put this up for sale. Trying to sell off extra stuff but always end up giving it away. I have a couple of Ikea bookshelves as does my daughter. I have 4 other bookshelves that I’m purging again. If we manage to pull it off, I’ll definitely let you know and we will come visit. You can let me know of a good hotel near by. 🙂 It will definitely take awhile. No worrries.

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      • You’re such a busy bee, Marlene! I feel very lazy compared to what you’ve accomplished this week. I can only brag about eating pounds of cherries – I should have kept the stones to make a pillow from!
        Will look into hotels for you – you like air conditioning if I remember this correctly? 😉
        Have a lovely sunday and week ahead! Hugs

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      • I just finished a half pound of cherries too. I’m working so hard so I can get this place sold and be off to other adventures. It’s a bottomless work pit. It could take a while so no worries on finding a hotel. Maybe I’ll do a visit in the colder months. First my daughter needs to find a job she can work from anywhere. I really want things to move faster than they are. Oh well. That’s life.

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  24. I love summer! Every year I tell myself to get the inside jobs done before summer hits. Yard work, gardening, pool, and maintenance are big jobs. The extra daylight is a joy. By the time the sun sets I am ready to sit on the porch and just be.

    You are blessed to have such a son and daughter-in-law! How wonderful that they replaced the baseboards and cleaned the roof and gutters. Wow! My heart is with you on making a decision not to drive. Keep us posted on what the eye doctor says. And, I love your cushions! My very best to you, Marlene. 💕

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    • Working hard to get this place ready to sell. Looking to do less maintenance. I think I’m lucky to have so much to do. I’d bet you and I would go a little nutty with nothing to do but sit around. 😉

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      • Ready to sell? Now is a good time to sell. Where will you go? Yes, having so much to do is a good thing. If I got to the end of all I had to do… I would probably go a little nutty.

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  25. Marlene……….I love all that has been done to your place and what an amazing children you have raised! You can tell they love their momma! I am sorry that you are letting driving go, I am sure this is a very difficult one, even if it is for the best. I still drive but only locally and I have found this to be very difficult to be able to get people where they need to go. I hope your eye appt. goes very well! May today treat you well………

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Wendi. It’s a full plate month, summer, year. Too many things that need doing and only so much of me. Wearing out fast. I have my daughter to buy groceries for me sometimes but she doesn’t pick and choose the same way I do. I have half a gigantic watermelon left if you would like it. 🙂 Life is full of changes and fortunately, I was graced with adaptability. Today I start painting the shed since it hasn’t been done in 6 years. I am VERY lucky to have these 2 kids. The best ever.. They both help as much as possible. I’ll pop over to see if I’ve missed anything. Notifications are always a problem. Have a wonderfilled week, Wendi.

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      • I so wish I lived close to you to help you out too!!! I would love to hang out and talk about books and life and health and challenges……Please don’t over work yourself!!! Sending you lots of love and light.

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      • Thanks for caring, Wendi. I’m pretty good at knowing my limits. Today, I start prepping the front porch and see if I can get a small section of the porch ceiling painted. I’ll do a section a day if possible. I work for a few hours in the early morning then rest before tackling inside work. I’ve learned to rest and pace myself but be tenacious about getting jobs done. I would love to talk to anyone about the books I read and all those other subjects. No conversations here in my neck of the woods. Sending hugs and love.

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  26. Marlene! I don’t know how I missed this post. It’s been here for so long. I know exactly what you mean about summers being twice the work. I try to explain it to others every year, and they just can’t figure it out, but it’s so obvious to us. All the stuff we usually do PLUS all the stuff required of us outside. For me, I also want to plan my dream adventures in the summer too – hiking and camping and travelling. Summers are exhausting. Always exhausting. And for you to be a person especially sensitive to the heat, even worse. I am so sorry you’ve had to endure this particularly hot hot summer.

    But in the later comments from you – what’s this? Moving? I’m dying to know what your plans are and WHY have you not asked for help? Ugh. Because it’s not what you do, and I should have been paying more attention. I am so sorry. And now I can’t help. I’m getting ready for the giant Hood To Coast Race, and right after that, two weeks in Italy and Slovenia to meet another blogger friend. As soon as I get back, a week in Annapolis to train with VFW again. Oh no, when you really need me, Marlene. I feel like I have let you down. Ok – off to read your latest post and see if I can get any information.

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    • No worries, Crystal. Most of this is stuff I have to do myself, slowly and methodically. There is a lot of emotion involved with packing things up I will probably never see again. It’s easier to do at my own pace. I won’t even let my sister help. Enjoy your journeys guilt free. I’ll be thinking of you.

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      • I love what you are saying about taking the time to say goodbye to your things. That is a good plan. Bless you for protecting my feelings when you don’t have to. ❤

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