Summer is almost upon us, with hot weather, storms (at least for Texas), and all kinds of outdoor activities.
Growing up, summer meant lots of time outside, gardening and pulling weeds, playing in the water, and spending a lot of time reading books. Admittedly, most of my memories of summer time come from my high school/college years. I had a day job working fast food, McDonald's. I often had to work during the day, either in a hot kitchen or at the drive-thru window, wishing the open window didn't let in the dry heat.
When I wasn't working, I was hanging out in the basement bedroom, or equivalent, trying to stay cool. After my parents bought a pool for the backyard, there were days playing in the pool, making sure my younger siblings didn't drown. Not that I knew how to swim. (Still don't, to be honest.) Then, moving away from home, there was the pool at apartment complexes, the occasional journey to the college pool, and anything else I could think of to stay cool.
Since moving to Texas, I think I've come to like dry heat better. Humid heat is sticky and just out and out muggy. And when the A/C's not working, it's out and out miserable. But when it is working, life is great.
What I'd really like to do is take my summer off from everything but writing, radio drama, and just being. It's been a long time since I last had a real vacation. I am happy to at least announce that this coming week I will be taking small day trips. My goal is to find a diamond, but we'll see what happens.
In the meantime, I'm editing as the weather, and my mood, permit. And by editing I mean both radio drama and book, along with writing. Thankfully, I have a week off from my day job to work on those things, that and finally clean the house... because it needs a good declutter. The reality? I'll probably spend half of my time, maybe a quarter, on Facebook. Why? Because it's addicting. That, or maybe I'll finally catch up on the sleep that has eluded me so thoroughly.
What will you guys be doing this summer?