Hey, it's August!

I've been gallivanting around all summer and now it's almost over, and I am in no way prepared.  It's time to pull myself together, along with my house and my life.  But first, a few snippets:

How do people do these pictures?  Mine just looks funny.

I really had fun with the Comment Challenge in July!  My partner was the Literary Feline at Musings of a Bookish Kitty, and we had a grand time.  She is also a California person, but we live at opposite ends of the state.  Thanks to the Literary Feline for being a wonderful comment buddy! 

Now, I've joined up for August too, and my new partner is Esther at Chapter Adventures!  She has a lovely blog, so head over and check it out.  I'm looking forward to getting to know her, too.

The Classics Club Spin was due yesterday, and I did read my book, but I haven't written it up yet.  Look for that tomorrow, or maybe even today if I get really productive around the house.

I've been gone for a few days.  I took my kids out for one last summer hurrah, down to the Central Coast to visit my dear friend.  We went to the beach and ate lots of tri-tip and celebrated some birthdays, and stayed up really really late talking.  It was great!

Boogie-boarding at Avila Beach

Tide was out when we started, but soon it was coming in nicely

Beach bonfire!


  1. I am glad we met, Jean! You make a great comment partner. :-)

    Sounds like you and your family's send off to summer was a pleasant one. The girls look so happy.

  2. I'm very excited to get to know you too! :D Those pictures are lovely, it shows you and your family had a great time. I've never been to a bonfire, but it's definitely on my bucket list - it looks very cozy. Oh, and by the way, your picture doesn't look awkward at all, I just think that people go into crazy poses to get them to look a certain way hahah

  3. Esther, I think they must! Because I'm pretty sure I would have had to be flat on my back for it to work. A beach bonfire is wonderful! Ours had added excitement because the tide came up extra high and threatened to get us a little wet, after it flooded the neighboring pit out. So my daughter and I took the shovel (that you bring to turn over the ashes) and dug a bit of a channel, in the dark, to direct the water over a bit.

  4. That's so cool! Pretty smart that channel she dug out, I would have run away haha

  5. I would have loved to go to the beach this summer. I did go to a beach in the Puget Sound but it was rocky and the tide was out so it smelled awful. It wasn't the same as a refreshing, salty breeze with your toes in the sand. ;)


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