You may or may not have noticed I took a week off from all things blog. I could see my own tap was just running outta water and my mind needed to just live life without blogging about it for a spell.
The little break is feeling good! I’ve continued to take lots of pictures so there are stories to be told. It’s just been nice to just get up, go make coffee and enjoy it on the patio without thought of much more. Just taking the days as they come.
We have been experiencing what I would deem a mini heat wave. I have heard the complaints when I’ve been in Maui over the past few summers, grateful to be in a more comfortable place. When our little valley locks in the heat, it does it well.
I have no regrets over travel like we have in the past. It was the right season for all the right reasons.
However being home this summer has brought so many new surprises. I had forgotten what our summers were really like.
For one thing, our river is literally running dry. These shots were taken during my most recent bike ride.
I have never seen the water level this low. The riverbed is the new beach front where you can basically take your pick on which little still-water lake you desire!
The pathways to the river down below are generally submerged. But with this new drought-like situation, no more. I haven’t been able to leave my bike unattended when on my trail riding so I’ve bypassed stopping for a river gaze. Now I can take my bike right on the rocks wherever I desire!
This is what I call a ‘something-to-do backyard’. If you can wander into new territory, that IS an adventure right there.
I’ve made a few pitstops to the river, and even brought my chair twice to a little sandy beach all to myself. I’ll be doing that again for sure.
It was difficult to sit for long lengths of time, so I did more wandering than reading.
I am clearly not in full-out vacation mode. Yet. However I will continue on working on settling my over-thinking mind so the good stuff can rise to the top again.
For the past two weeks during our hot weather streak, we even lost our sky.
Regional forest fire smoke filtered into our valley and wouldn’t budge. The first AM I pattered out to the patio, I coughed and went right back in! Over time, you just got use to it… or the smoke lightened up. Maybe both. Not even sure. However the next day I was out on the bike again and did fine.
The haze did make for some unique sun and moon sightings. They both looked red all day and all night long. Pretty eerie.
You also know of my pondering house hunting thoughts from THIS post.
So I’ve been looking around online just to see what’s out there.
All these musings made me realize a few things I hadn’t taken the time to actually see in a long time…
My current home offers some really tough competition. I may not have a river in my backyard, but a 4 minute bike ride to get to all these free beaches is nothing to sneeze at!
Staying home all summer (aside from my cabin getaway) has been frustrating yet enlightening. My mind felt I should be somewhere else, yet my soul was pretty happy enjoying endless summer bike rides, movie watching at night, and relishing in the humidity right in my own backyard without requiring airport lineups.
Stop fretting over where you think you should or shouldn’t be. Take your days as they come and make the most of them. Live for right now. Right where you are! If you want to adventure, go! If you wish to stay home and sit in the sun or tinker on a project, do that.
Quit punishing yourself that you ‘should’ be here or there or everywhere else. According to my therapist, the word SHOULD or SHOULDN’T shouldn’t exist. : ) It implies pressure to perform, bringing on guilt. Try “I want to… or “I don’t want to” or “I need” instead. It offers permission to treat yourself right without shame.
My little river may have been running dry over the past while in more ways than one, however many new blessings have come of it.
Perhaps we are right where we need to be after all…
How about you? What’s going on with you this summer?