Okay ... And then there was all of the other stuff that sounds more like a laundry list than a story.
Let me set the scene. I finished my finals and rushed-rushed to check out of my room. They actually wanted us out by like 10 AM on the last day of finals. Totally, unreasonable in my opinion. I know why, and that's because they had people coming on Monday who needed those rooms. They needed to be made ready for them, and obviously, that couldn't be done if there were students still using them. However, I got a reprieve of one day, and I left on Saturday the 8th of May.
Within days of arriving at my mother's, I was house-sitting for a week with a golden-retriever who belongs to two retired people and is not used to being alone. She stuck pretty close to me to make sure that I wasn't going anywhere.
Shortly after my mother and step-dad returned, they were having Vacation Bible School at my mother's church, and she was in charge of the nightly meal. To say that the household was kinda wild and crazy that week would be an understatement. lol But all turned out very well.
The next week was the mission trip with a week's recovery after. Then, we got the pool up & running for the season in order to be ready for ... my mother's birthday party at the end of June. (Can you believe that I'm already through the third week of June in this story?)
This was the first time in like 12 years that I could celebrate my mother's birthday with her, and I wanted to make sure it was special. Her husband has invited people over before, but my mom was stuck with getting everything ready and preparing all the food and everything. Understandably, this stressed her out!
It was my mission to relieve her of that burden, so that she could enjoy her party.
By "B" Day, everything was ready. The pool was sparkling and the water was warm. The weather was perfect. My mother wasn't used to being able to socialize with her guests, and it took her a little while to get into it. But before long, she was having a marvelous time.
Then, came the 4th of July, and all the other stuff that I talked about in the other posts started kicking in.
And THAT's what I've been doing this summer instead of blogging. There's one thing for sure. I haven't been bored! :)