Things I’m loving this week

Creek kayaking. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my favorite place to kayak is a big creek. They are typically very calm (can usually paddle down and back up), offer shade (hello tree-lined banks), and they are much more interesting than the lake (water, water, water, water, water, etc.). This week, we ‘yakked on French Creek (<3 this giant creek) from Cambridge Springs to Venango and saw: zero people, 1 spotted fawn, 4 turtles, 1 water snake, 2 bald eagles, 1 golden eagle, 1 turkey vulture, a zillion damsel and dragonflies, and a furry large thing that was either a beaver or a ground hog.

Lauren’s hidden talent. It turns out that Lauren is quite an artist, which makes me think I should’ve encouraged this hobby a loooong time ago, but at least she’s discovered it now. This weekend, she participated in the library’s teen club chalk walk and took 2nd place for her square which she drew freehand (no grid!). It says “Phone addiction is real!” (They were supposed to depict a teen issue).

A solo day at PISP. Here is my favorite thing to do one day each summer. I pack the truck with my bike, kayak, beach gear, running/walking shoes and spend the entire day at Presque Isle all by myself doing what I want when I want at the speed I want. I realize everyone might not enjoy a run followed by an 18 mile bike ride and a 2-hour paddle, but….that, followed by three hours on the beach alternating between swimming and reading …is my idea of nirvana.

Kelly’s summer school performance. Kelly started college early with two online classes this summer and she did well in both. Part of the summer program she was in included “Math Academy” to help her shore up her math skills. She recently retook her college math assessment test and seh doubled her score! Fall semester starts Monday and now she has way more classes to keep up with!

Things I’m not loving this week

Chin hairs. OH. MY. GOD….what is with the wiry chin hairs you sprout after 40is?

Watering every single night. It’s getting to be about that time of year when I tire of watering my potted plants and herbs and just let them die. I mean…if it would ever rain!

The sudden interest in child trafficking. If you’ve noticed a bunch of people posting suddenly about child trafficking and the need to save the kids, I looked into it and it has everything to do with the anti-maskers and nothing to do with children. If they cared about children being abused, trafficked, and exploited, they’d care about the kids who have been kept in cages on the Mexican border for the past year and a half.