I know summer is officially a few weeks away, but in our house summer begins in earnest with the opening of the neighborhood pool. Add to our daily pool routing lots of cooking out doors (the husband has a new smoker/cooker that he is passionately involved with these days) and house guests visiting, it feels 100% like summertime. I love the pace of summer when the days seems to climax with dinner on the patio with goods from the farmer's market and reading novels seems the height of ambition. But I am also aware of this shift in our daily routine that I have so carefully crafted and there is a level of anxiety about losing track of those activities I need to keep me balanced: art journaling, crafting, writing, playing with my photographs. Ironically, I can think of lots of things I want to explore here when I have very little time available for blogging. In fact, I am working within a window of 10 minutes before I have to get dinner started and while Cowgirl is away at a swimming lesson and our guests are napping after a day spent at the zoo.
The challenge for me will be to strike a balance with my need for routine and summer's spontaneous character. Vacations are planned, interrupts will be occurring on a regular basis and I want to be open to enjoying the carefree quality of summer without losing the momentum of my art-filled life. This blog feels like my touchstone: coming here connects me to what I want to play attention to in my life. And while I am busy living my life, I find myself anxious about losing touch with this life. I find myself wondering what others are up to; I want to check in on Flying Lessons; I want you to know I appreciate each and every comment and I feel so guilty when I fail to immediately get over to your home space and chat.
an outing to a favorite ice cream shop
Here is how the craziness looks around here:
So tell me: how do you find balance in the crazy days of summertime? Any secrets besides having a gin and tonic on hand? For more on this subject, check out today's Best Shot by Tracy Clark.
Is this how all mommies feel?