Solutions Wanted

I have a splitting headache. Do you think it could possibly be the bulldozer outside my window? They are tearing up the pool that was left in the yard of one of the two houses recently torn down next door. I suspect this is the last step before they begin building what is to replace those houses. It’s not looking too promising for a peaceful summer.

Any day now my girls will be out of school and bored out of their minds. The reality is that as much as they need the break from school, they will not be content to sit quietly all day while I write and/or try to promote my books. They are going to want to go places and do things, and I am going to want to do the same. Add to this the fact that their closest friends will be gone for most of the summer, and we are talking the potential for a summer of some major discontentment.

Now being as aware of this as I am, you’d think I could come up with something to counter-act it. I should be able to wrap up this post with a nice, so I’ve decided this will be the year we drive cross country, or we spend several weeks up in Lake Tahoe followed by another week in Yosemite. I have actually done both of those things, even if they were so long ago that I can barely remember. The cross country trip was when I was all of nineteen and I haven’t been to Lake Tahoe in ten years! How is that even possible? We used to go every year, for a while anyway. This economy has got to turn around!

So tell me, what are your plans for this summer? How would you beat back the blues if you were faced with spending the summer trapped in a small apartment next to an active construction zone? It can’t be good that they’ve brought in more than one port-a-potty! I suspect this is going to be a very large building they erect. I’ll go take some Advil, and when I get back you’ll have a solution all worked out for me, right? Thanks in advance!

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Author, Artist & Mom. First novel "Searching for My Wand" was published in December 2011
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6 Responses to Solutions Wanted

  1. I’m going to have to come back to see what other people say. I’ve got nuthin’ :-( Last day is school is coming up fast. June is kind of spoken for visiting both sides of the family. But HOT July in NC is going to be a problem. We have nice beach access but in July you’d want to be there at sunrise and leave at 8am, lest you be burnt to a crisp and worn out from the sun for days following.

  2. I’m so sorry that you’re having to go through this. It’s NOT going to be pleasant, no matter how you try to look on the bright side. We are about to start a big remodel and we work at home, so we WILL have the noise and disruption, but the difference is that it’s our choice.

    Sounds like a lot of visits to libraries, museums, parks, etc., are in order. And keep that Advil inventory going!

    Best of luck. Hugs.

  3. Thank God my kids are old enough not to want to spend time with me so much LOL Ahh the peace and quiet! Come up to Lake Tahoe – that’s right near me :) Or maybe San Francisco – tons for kids to do there. Good luck :)

  4. In seven days I’ll be free for two whole months. My students will leave my classroom and I can finally clean the place!

    Summer is all about play for me. Projects are lined up (upcycling, art journals, and of course writing!) and my sundresses are waiting for me to wear them.

    My grandma was always really good at having things for us to do even as we got older. Busy hands keeps the boredom away. :-)

    Good luck with your girls!

  5. Oh gawd!!!!! I use to hate the summer holidays when my kids were younger….the constant remarks of “I’m bored” and eating me out if house and home *shudders*

    I was going to suggest you go away somewhere for a couple of weeks, visit friends, family, the further away the better so that you could perhaps stay over?

    Hmmmmm, difficult, trips out to FREE places, the beach, parks, museums, places where there will be something for the kids to do and a place that you’ll be able o take a notebook and pen ;)

    Good luck honey, I don’t envy you :(

    Xx

  6. Katherines Corner says:

    I do all of the normal grandma stuff, picnics, backyard theater,puppet show, sprinkler fun, bike rides, camping….Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop. I appreciate your bloggy friendship xo

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