|These didn't survive the Michigan-like winter, let|
alone the brutal summer. Goodbye, penstemon.
So of course I bought more flowers on Sunday. They remain unplanted, but now that the weather's turned a little nicer (high temps of only 90!) tomorrow morning I'mma be out in the garden finishing the weeding and planting my purdy new flowers. I won't let that $27 go in the bin, as God is my witness!!
Oh, vacation was nice too. As we do every year, we headed up to Smith Mountain Lake for a week of boatin' and floatin' and bloatin'. We had a nicely zippy tritoon (150 horsepower is great!), a waverunner that had enough power to cause blisters on the (admittedly fairly soft) hands of one of its riders, and a speedboat that mostly ran pretty well.
The goal of any good lake week is to not put shoes on the whole week and not travel anywhere by car. I can never achieve those goals, because someone needs to do the trash runs, and it's a nice drive with good views, so I slap on the sneakers and go. Also, this introvert needs some time alone on a regular basis, which doesn't really get to experience when living for a week in a house with 6 other people and other family dropping on by for funtimez on the water.
I love my family, but....you know.
On a related note, one of the long trips of lake week is to traverse the South-to-North path of the Roanoke River up to Hardy VA to eat hot dog bites and see what kind of crosses and hot sauce they have at Bay Roc Marina. This year I elected to not go. This is a trip that in years past has, for whatever reason, stressed me to the point of nausea (usually thunderstorm related), and I just wanted to avoid that this time around.
And you know what? I might have missed out on some fun, but I had a WONDERFUL time by myself. I relaxed like crazy, did some word searches, worked a puzzle, watched the water, and grabbed a tiny hunk of inner peace.
Fabulous, and very very tasty.
Anyhow, the laundry is washing, the dishes need doing, dinner needs fixing, and excuses for tomorrow's potential failures need to be created and catalogued.