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July 1st, 2014
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Jumping June
Wow, was June a fast month! Not much of an accomplishments list, that's for certain. My wonderful visit to see family, and then all the catch-up afterward made the first part of the month fly by. Then the fun of turning 39 (for real ;). I did get my first home craft project well underway, and my garden is overall doing quite well, especially considering the rainfalls for the month are at or near the all-time record (since 1871). Also, in the process of assembling my spreadsheet of issues to address with my first Geren book, I've decided that the project needs to be tackled more slowly to do it right, and might spread out over a year rather than just a few months, so I'll be working on it in concert with other projects.

June 11 - Back from California!
June 30 - Finished writing 'Fritillary'

As for July, I'll keep plugging away at the craft projects, hopefully start gearing up into art projects again, and get 'Fritillary' ready to post on my Triune community, as well as start wading into Geren book 1 revisions, once I've got a little more research completed. Work is probably going to keep being erratic, due to continuing delays with the huge P8 initiative causing lots of project delays for me. I'm glad for the reprieve as it won't last forever, and I am grateful every day for the wonders of central air, and my crazy array of light-blocks, that permit me to cope much better with my summer SAD. Thank you, God!

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From:ambsdrig
Date:July 2nd, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
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June? There was no June this year, March was a figment of your imagination too.

Which parts of California did you visit?

I am off to the the UK in a couple of weeks and will come back with my children so they can start school in August. pff just like that all my vacation for the year will be used up - sigh

Hope you had a great birthday
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From:shout_of_joy
Date:July 2nd, 2014 11:03 am (UTC)
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That's what I'm starting to think! Hopefully July won't do the same.

My parents and brother and all the nieces and nephews live in Sacramento, and while I was out there my mom and I did a trip along the northern coast between Point Reyes and Eureka. It was a lot of fun.

Wow! Have a fantastic time over there! I'm sure it will be worth it, but it does make the rest of the year harder without vacation.

Thanks!
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From:ambsdrig
Date:July 2nd, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Sacremento - I know it well - I went to UC Davis just 10 or so miles away and I and my wife used to go to night clubs in Sacremento - lot of fond memories

That coastline is beautiful cooler than how hot Sacremento can get - Dad has a house in Gold Beach OR just fifty miles across the California / Oregon border so I know that coastline well

Yes looking forward to UK trip its been 8 years since I last went so tons of relatives to see and I am missing my children - I think this end of May through mid July is the longest I've been alone in my life - what with eloping and marrying my wife in October of my Freshman year of University

Hope you enjoyed the time with your relatives
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From:shout_of_joy
Date:July 3rd, 2014 01:01 am (UTC)
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Wow, small world! I've passed through Davis on I80 a fair few times, but never stopped yet.

My mom and I took a trip to Crater Lake and the southern coast of Oregon in 2010--I loved Bandon, Florence, Gold Beach--my poor mom kept misnaming it as "Gold Rush." Ah, my journal reminds me that Gold Beach, aside from the fabulous bridge, had the neat shop with all sorts of myrtlewood carvings and carved lighthouses my mom really liked. Maybe in a few years we can get back up there.

That's why we took the trip--to escape the heat, as both my mom and I don't take it very well. So of course Sacramento welcomed our return by cranking it up to 103 and shattering a record from the 1880s. It promptly cooled off once I left for Minnesota!

So I'm guessing for your kids it's their first time, or first time they can remember? Or have they gone without you before? I remember quite clearly the trip to Puerto Rico my brother and I took alone to visit grandparents and relatives. I was 12 and he was 9.
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From:ambsdrig
Date:July 3rd, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
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Well your Mum is sort of right - the rivers around still bring traces of gold that deposit on the beaches around the area - Not enough to get rich but some people spend the whole day outside panning enough gold to provide them minimal sustenance - very hard life imo -

first time for all together to go somewhere at the same time - (though actually my two daughters left a month earlier with my Parents so Rebecca has never flown alone or just with siblings - Heather has once and to the UK too)

The three boys have been a half dozen times to Oregon alone and the middle three spent last Summer in UK as I spent from September 2012 through July 2013 shuttling between work, hospitals and home.

I took the oldest four to Oregon Summer before last for three weeks and the eldest two boys went with me to Germany and the Netherlands for three weeks about nine years ago.

Thus though it seems special still for the younger three, my eldest two are a bit jaded about the whole thing and I'll likely bow to their request and let them have next summer at home so they can get on the internet 24/7 with them being 16 and 14 they should be able to take care of themselves even if I leave them alone for twelve plus hours.

If you had stayed another week - the cool spell would have been delayed in arrival for a while
longer - weird how atypical weather shows up during the time of visiting a place.

check online before making a trek for a specific store - it seems each year I return a business I liked is no longer there. - The bridge is a very nice one. There are several along that highway that are spectacular.

(Puerto Rico) So your brother could play and enjoy himself the whole time while you had to keep track of baggage and him. Plus prior to leaving, your parents ran you ragged with all the things you had to worry about?
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From:shout_of_joy
Date:July 4th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Those kids are quite the globetrotters! Blessed, though likely they don't realize it. (But 16...I think I had to get a job over the summers at that age.)

Yes, 'atypical weather' explains why my mom and I get rained on every time we to go to San Diego.

I certainly wouldn't go back just for that store, but my mom and her friend Cindy have both expressed an interest in the three of us doing a return to Oregon togther, which I enjoy because then there's someone to share the driving with, instead of doing it all myself. One can only enjoy a small part of the scenery on highway 1 while driving without heading off a cliff at the same time. ;)

Puerto Rico: No, my parents got this neat sort of escort with TWA. I didn't have to do much of anything except deal with the urge to disown him since he threw up on every single landing heading out there (Saint Louis, Miami, and San Juan.) If they tried running me ragged it didn't work since I don't remember being particularly worried.
From:brezzydal
Date:July 2nd, 2014 04:42 am (UTC)
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So great to hear you are handling summer better.
Your move has been such a huge blessing.

I do not what to imagine what it would have been like in your old place with all the rain this year.
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From:shout_of_joy
Date:July 2nd, 2014 11:06 am (UTC)
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Indeed it has! Central air makes a huge difference, and no flooding is sure nice too! Unfortunately the California time zone effect finally wore off for me and I can't sleep past 4 am this week. Oh well.

I sure hope they put some real work into fixing it, or they won't be able to keep anyone there, between flooding and mold.
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