Well, here we are, already mid-August! The summer is just flying by. I know in many areas around the country, school is already back in session. We’re slowly easing back into that too, but still taking the time to soak up and enjoy these last weeks of summer.
The crazy thing is how comfortable and cool this August has been. Really, the whole summer has been pleasant, with lots of days in the 70s and 80s, and mornings and evenings down in the 60s. It’s been very enjoyable. Back in Alabama, from about June to September it was just sweltering hot and miserable all summer long. And August always seemed to be the absolute worst month because I was so sick of the weeks and weeks and weeks of heat and there was still no relief or end in sight.
This morning it was a very cool 59 degrees outside here! As usual, first thing after I got up, I made my coffee and got my Bible and headed outside to sit for awhile. But today, as soon as I opened the door, the cool, crisp air hit me and I had to come back inside for a sweatshirt and a blanket. It felt like Fall.
And it stayed nice all day long. The windows stayed open. It was absolutely beautiful. And it looks like we’re in for more of the same cool weather all week long.
Since moving up here back in December, we haven’t even wanted to think about packing up the kids and dogs and taking the long drive back to Florida to see our families. So we’ve been grateful that everyone has been willing to come visit us instead. Earlier this month, my mom and Rudie flew up for a visit. While they were here, we took them into D.C. to see some of the monuments and war memorials.
It started to drizzle as we walked around that morning, but thankfully it didn’t last long. And the overcast skies kept it from getting too hot.
While they were here, they gave Tim and I an evening off. Date nights are so rare for us in this season of life, so we’re always grateful when we get the chance. We went to one of our new favorite restaurants in a nearby town and then perused around through some stores afterwards. It was nothing super fancy, but it was nice. Just the two of us.
As cute and cuddly as Max can be, he is also a giant handful. And I am completely out of hands right now just trying to keep up with the kids. I don’t know what made me think I could handle a puppy on top of everything else.
It must have been this face. It gets me every time.
But he’s a runner and when a door opens or he sees an exit strategy, he is off and running through the neighborhood. And he is by far faster than any of us! This morning, he squeezed underneath our back gate and chased a deer through the woods behind our house. Of course, the kids were frantic and Tim was at work, so it was up to me to go after him. Following the sounds of his barks, I ran through brambles and briers and mud puddles, calling after him, but to no avail. Chasing a terrified deer was obviously much more fun than obeying me. He was off and gone and there was no way I was gonna be able to catch him. So I called Tim at work and he agreed to come home and hunt down the dog. Max doesn’t have an i.d. tag on him yet (one has been ordered and is on it’s way) and we were concerned that someone might just find him and decide to keep him and then we would never see him again. While we waited for Tim to get home, the kids and I walked around to the part of the neighborhood that lies on the other side of the woods behind our house. After looking for him there and calling for him and not seeing him anywhere, we turned to head back home. Then out of nowhere, to our great relief, Max came running up to us, wet and dirty and full of little stickers, but otherwise just fine. He deserved a good scolding, but we were just too thankful and happy to see the little booger to be mad at him.
Hope you’re enjoying your last bit of summer!