It seems unreal to me that today is Labour Day and tomorrow is the first day of school for most of my nieces and nephew. My eldest niece moved to her university dorm last week and has been enjoying lots of fun activities during orientation. What happened to the summer?! In so many ways I feel like I’ve been sucked into a whirlwind tornado since June and today I just got spit out and landed in my much cooler apartment, where tonight I will have to close the windows or it will be too cold to sleep.
But it’s also a good thing. I am liking this shift in energy and how my vibe is moving more toward nesting, cleaning, cooking, decluttering, organization, productivity, new projects and more — it’s all good stuff! Today for a moment I even contemplated where I will put my Christmas tree this year. Last year, I had no energy or motivation to decorate for the holidays. I went to my parents for about a week but did nothing to mark the occasion for myself. This year will be different. And yes, I know it’s too early to be thinking about these things, there will still be some really nice summer like days and a full crisp autumn to enjoy before the snow flies.
But today I am thinking about back to school and how in elementary school we would always start the new year with essays about our summer vacation. The time may have went by very quickly and it might have seemed like I didn’t do very much, or as much as I normally do, but it was actually a pretty busy summer for me. June was my niece’s graduation from high school with prom and gatherings. It was also my birthday and we took a little overnight road trip stopping at my favourite restaurant, Calactus in Moncton, overnighting in Alma and then returning by way of Saint John and stopping into the City market. That trip was over entirely too quickly but it was an awesome little get-away. I made a video about it but then never shared it with anyone … until now!
In July I spent a week house and pet sitting at my sister’s place while her whole family went to Florida for a dance competition. Having satellite television was nice and cuddling with fur buddies is always good, but it was also right around then that I started having health issues with my gallbladder, which would have me in the ER before the end of the month.
It was the August long weekend before I hardly took a breath and I was off to the family reunion which I hadn’t attended in about 10 years. It has changed a lot but it was nice to hang out and play trivia and bingo games with the kids now that they are all so grown up. Unlike any other year I ever attended I did not get wasted drunk and stay up half the night. Instead I was home before midnight, quite sober, and absolutely starving. I may be the only family member in history to ever leave a reunion (or any gathering) hungry.
Early in August, I decided I was going to investigate camper trailers, tiny homes and mini homes as possible purchases for me to live in which had me on an impromptu road trip to Bouctouche to view tiny homes. Because we were travelling and I was hungry I slipped up and ate at a fast food restaurant, which sent me back to the ER with another gallbladder attack. This time they called in a surgeon and wanted to take it out right then, but since they told me I wasn’t in danger, and since I had read that getting it out doesn’t always fix the issue, and because I really wanted to do my due diligence and meet with my family doctor and further investigate, I refused surgery and left with an antibiotic prescription in case I had infection. They couldn’t say whether I did for sure or not, but I did take all the antibiotics just in case. Since I rarely take any kind of drugs I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything. The surgeon was arrogant and angry and I really didn’t get a good vibe off him at all, so I haven’t regretted leaving at all. Sometimes you gotta listen to your little voice.
Another reason why I didn’t really want to have surgery that day was because I had won two free weekend passes to the Larlee Creek Hullabaloo music festival in Perth Andover and we intended to go. There was no guarantee that I would be recovered in time to go, if at all, so I didn’t want to take any chances. We gathered up some camping equipment and took off for three nights of awesomeness!
The Hullabaloo was definitely the highlight of my summer! We had the best time ever! Who knew that I would love camping so much? Who knew that I would enjoy tenting so much? … NOT ME! But oh my God! I can’t remember the last time I was so relaxed and chill. It has been years! We ate the best food and heard some of the best bands and performers. We met some really cool people. And we even danced! It was a very inexpensive weekend (even if we had to purchase the passes it would only have been an additional $130 for both of them). The campsite for three nights cost less than any hotel we’ve stayed in for one night. We couldn’t eat any of the concession food and because we were so close to our tent we could go out and cook and still hear the music. It was just the most perfect weekend! I can’t say enough good about it. I took a lot of photos and video and created a playlist on my YouTube channel if you want to check it out.
The final event of my summer was a family BBQ at my sister’s house as a send off to my niece before she left for university. This too was a great day and night. We had tons of fun running around with the kids playing hide ‘n seek in the dark. It does the soul good to play like a child every once in awhile.
I spent a lot of time with my family this summer, which was nice. A few times I went up to my parents and stayed for many days, including when I was recovering from my second big gallbladder attack. I also had one of my nieces come stay with me a few nights, which is always nice and will continue throughout the rest of the year when she works late in town.
All in all, it was a pretty good summer filled with lots of new memories that I will cherish forever. How was yours? How did you fill the days of your summer vacation?