It has been quite a long hiatus from WordPress. I missed writing here, though I have kept up with my usual round of blogs whether I commented when I visited you or not. I have really been limiting my time on the computer the past few weeks. Wrapping up the end of the school year with a round of seminars and meetings ate up a fair bit of time. Lots of my free time went to family activities, which has been wonderful. My son and I signed up for a 5k run called Storm the Bastille, which starts at 9pm the first night of Bastille Days on July 9th (you know, Milwaukee, the city of festivals!). We have been running, biking, and strength training to get in shape.
There have been numerous family gigs: my uncle in town from Nevada is reason for a gathering of all the cousins, my mother’s annual garden party, and birthdays to celebrate. My baby turns 17 on Monday! Time flies.
And just around the corner, a trip to Bali. It has taken time and planning to get organized for my travels. Typhoid, polio, tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, and Encephalitis vaccinations, and malaria medication, as well as antibiotics in case of “traveler’s diarrhea.” This all entailed numerous doctor office and travel clinic visits. Indonesian rupiahs have been ordered through AAA and have arrived. Gifts for my cousin and her family have been purchased. Other than packing, I think I am ready to go.
I have been taking lots of photos the past few weeks, getting to know my camera better.
On a bike ride along the lakefront.
The puppy is really growing up. Terra puts up with her, but Zoe absolutely adores Terra. Their favorite napping spot:
Terra can’t keep her eyes open!
The garden has needed a lot of attention. Weeds love all the rain Milwaukee has received! The garden in the back yard is only four years old, but is outgrowing its space. I think I was a little too ambitious when I planted nine trees and ten bushes, along with the pond and all the flowers. Trim trim trim.
The fish are really liking summer big time!
For the past month, I have been picking strawberries – three or four quarts a day. What we don’t eat fresh, I have been freezing. Wonderful in January! I love the quadruple ones.
My cousin’s husband is a Harley Davidson aficionado. We went to the Harley museum shop to get him a t-shirt, and of course we had to take a spin around the museum while we were there. What a fun place! I decided designing a museum would be a great job!
Of course the bike in Easy Rider was a Harley Davidson.
The day for my mother’s garden party was beautiful, perfect temperature, no rain in sight! There was a strolling violinist, tea sandwiches, trifle for dessert, and a garden hat competition. I made carrot cupcakes with marzipan garden hats for decoration.