Summer Disappearing

Robin finished his first year at the Carlson School of Veterinary Medicine in June. We had a small staycation over at the Talking Stick Resort and the Arizona Boardwalk. We had a lovely time seeing the butterflies and the aquarium.

At the beginning of July, I reconnected with an old friend. She is selling color street dry nail polish and had a few patriotic sets. I asked if she could be my manicurist if I bought a set. It’s a little difficult for me to do my own nails. Of course she agreed, we had a nice time catching up while I got my nails done. Then I actually took a photo of my left hand to show it off.

4th of July nails with engagement wedding rings next to my new 25th wedding anniversary band.

After I had my nails done, Gretchen asked to see my wedding rings. Well the engagement ring came off without a problem, but the wedding band was a different story had to enlist Shawn to help me get it off. I thought since our 25th wedding anniversary is coming up a new ring would be nice. I saw the infinity knot on glityjewels.com not that long after writing a haiku for the haiku challenge.

Recall our first date
Young man in search of prom date
Finds forever ♾ love 

I think Shawn likes my new band. He did acknowledge it fits better. There is no mystery there; when I saw how tight my wedding band was I ordered a bigger ring size. This past April, Shawn and I had our first date anniversary. We have been an official couple for thirty years now. Then we got engaged in April 1992 since I was still a senior in high school, we had a long engagement while I finished high school and college. Of course I wrote about it during #NaPoWriMo.

After our staycation and while Robin was on vacation up in Yellowstone with a friend, Shawn and I were planning our 25th wedding anniversary trip in October. And so my haiku challenge tweets have been focused on us.

Before our first date
Watch him run around the track
Surreptitiously

Young couple in love
Settle into married life
Twenty five years pass

Summertime

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Rachael at Glacier National Park

Escape oven temps
Hike Glacier National Park
Sweet summertime snow

Last Tuesday the girls and I were eating dinner and Gretchen complained about her day spent cleaning. I said, Well I was busy doing laundry all day so your sister can pack. It’s good to clean for when you leave someday. You don’t want to live in a pigpen.

I’m leaving Sunday!?

Rachael laughs and I said, Oh yeah we’re sending Rachael off on Saturday and giving you the boot Sunday. Then Rachael said, She said someday.

Meanwhile Phoenix has been hot this summer. We’ve been 110 or higher more than average. On Father’s Day we hit 118! AND lost our electricity for a couple hours.

Sweet summertime sweat
Electricity cuts out
Hottest day of year

What’s in a Name?

Gretchen

Great job
Reaching the end of
Eighth grade
Time passes quickly
Culminating years prove
How much you’ve grown
Eager to commence
Next chapter in life

gretchen 8th grade promotion

Back in April I wrote about the Peace Bridge. It was a piece I was working on that happened to fit the napowrimo prompt that day. No, I did not submit to the bridge submission call? Did anyone reading this submit one? My youngest graduated from 8th grade on May 21st and I did write her a praise poem instead of a letter. The day before, May 20th was Rachael’s 17th birthday. We were scrambling to replace her summer class as the photography one she was enrolled in was cancelled.

Now Rachael is busy with her new summer class – psych 101; dad just returned from a business trip to Cali; and Gretchen and I are sitting on our hands waiting for July. Gretchen Hosking, you’re an eighth grade graduate, now what? I’m going to Disneyland 😀

Summer vacation
travel plans to Disneyland
diamond jubilee

If you enjoy name acrostics, keep on eye on Silver Birch Press. You could learn how I came across my name.