Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Growing Things

Despite the lack of sunshine, it is finally almost feeling like summer. The past school year is behind me, I can register for the last section of my classes for next year today, we've already had a mini-vacation to the beach, Boy Wonder is almost out of school, the garden is underway, the sandbox is built, we've been to our first garage sales, and the propane tank on the barbecue is full. (I know this because I had to fill it after some hot dogs ended up conspicuously under-cooked last week.)

I feel myself taking nice, deep breaths and contemplating more than just getting through the next task - work, school, home/sleep, work, school, home/sleep. It feels like I have a life to live for a bit. Not that I am unhappy or not living life while at school, but summer is different. It is full of possibilities. It consists of my family, of days that last longer as the sun (?) stays out until late, of weekends that last for 2 whole days - not study day and then one other day to cram in all the chores and fun we can.

It is during this time that I feel the need to feed the non-academic side of my life. I want to let the artist roam free - create art in some manner - through writing, through gardening, through whatever strikes me. Wife asked me last night, after I'd decided to give up on the book I was trying to get into, if I'd like to read the one she'd just finished "unless I didn't want to be in touch with what everyone is reading and expand my mind."

Hmmm....actually, no, I don't want to expand my mind. I want to be entertained. She assured me the book was an easy read, requires little brain-power to get through, but does make you think. OK, I could probably do that, but it might have to wait until I get through the Kinsey Millhone alphabet mystery I picked up. No, I am not a big mystery reader - I like Alex Delaware (Jonathan Kellerman's creation) and Kinsey Millhone(Sue Grafton). I mostly stumbled upon each of them by accident many, many years ago. Still enjoy them when the mood (and time) strikes.

So, my mind is wandering to fun projects today - what I can create, what I can read, what I can grow. Now where is that sun??


Casey said...

I so did not say it like that you silly goose. :) Maybe that's what you heard but it isn't what I said.

It is a good book, an easy read and was quite popular....a while back. Still - a good book. But not for one second did I suggest you "expand your mind". Sheesh. :)

Dakota said...

Silly - I didn't think you meant it seriously. You were just giving me a hard time. Well deserved since I've only managed to read about 18 pages in the time it took you to read a book and a half. I just can't seem to stay awakkkkkkkkkk


Monogram Queen said...

The sun is hiding in South Carolina burning my be-hind to a crisp. Almost 100 degrees already. UGH.

Dakota said...

Just no happy medium, is there? Maybe we'll all even out in the next few weeks. Keep that sunscreen on!

PT-LawMom said...

Is the latest Sue Grafton novel good? I stopped reading a few letters ago because they were getting a bit stale. And now I just don't have time! I'm on to Patricia Cornwell (but, again, her latest one is also weird). Still love Kellerman.

Dakota said...

PT-Lawmom - I have no idea of the latest is good. I grabbed a half-price going-out-of-business copy of "I" (I think). So, it is quite old. She is up to "T is for Trespass." I would think it would be very hard to stay fresh with some of the basic framework substantially similar, but on the other hand, what a great way to delve deeply into a character.