Sunday, June 2, 2013


Back in September, when I was putting all THREE of our school calendars into one FAMILY calendar, June seemed SO FAR away....While it seemed like a really long year, time has also flown.  (Does that make sense???)

So here it is June (YAY!) and I'm linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her June CURRENTLY.

Before I get started, let me apologize for my pictures.  I went outside to take pics this AM, but it had rained last night...almost 2 they look very dreary.  :(  I'm thankful for the rain (especially since I just planted my garden) but 2 inches is A LOT!!!

LISTENING:  We live on 5 acres out in the "country" (I call it this because there are no stoplights within a 10 mile radius) and are surrounded by trees and a natural wetland behind our house. Every morning from about May on, I am woken up by the sound of the birdies chirping.  Today, they were very chatty.  Maybe it had something to do with the rain...
LOVING:  Thursday is our last day of school.  I love summer because it gives me a chance to relax and recharge for next year.  We aren't going on any vacations this year, but we have created many spaces outdoors that were just made for summer!
Our deck
(Please look past the chipping paint -- restaining the deck is on our mile-long to-do list!) 

 Front porch swing -- a Mother's Day gift made by my husband when we moved here.  Love it!
Outdoor dining on the patio.  Can you see the chandelier?  It holds tea light candles.  Beautiful!
Found this fountain at Lowe's last weekend. 
 Makes it seem like we are sitting next to a babbling brook.

Our chairs

We bought these at Menards (although they are everywhere now) and they are the perfect chair for napping.  I knew summer was coming when we could take these babies out of the shed!)
THINKING:  This week will be C.R.A.Z.Y!  In addition to our last day on Thursday, we have something going on EVERY night this week.  My daughter graduates 8th grade on Friday and my son's Eagle Scout Court of Honor is Saturday.  When Sunday arrives, I will probably be a puddle of mush.
WANTING:  Our summer to-do list is a mile long.  Winter was not kind to our house and property.  That's one of the "benefits" of owning so much land -- there's always something to fix, clean up, cut down, pull out, get rid of, paint, move, clean, etc., etc., etc.
NEEDING:  To get off this computer (it has been a long post -- thanks for reading!) so I can start breakfast.  With two teenagers, the only thing that can get them out of bed in the morning is the smell of bacon cooking.  And I need them to get up so they can go outside and start raking grass (See "wanting" above.)
VACAY ESSENTIALS:  I L.O.V.E. to read and my reading list is growing by the day.  My goal is to read more YA lit so I can make more book recommendations next year.  I also enjoy reading on my iPad.  The grill is essential because who wants to heat up the house by turning on the oven?  Summer is the only time when my family gets to eat real, home cooked meals because who has time once September arrives?
Thanks for reading this VERY LONG post.  Head on over to Oh' Boy 4th Grade and link up!  I'm off to make blueberry muffins!  Yum!!
Have a wonderful week!


  1. I love your place! We, too, eventually want to live in the "country." The housing market here, as with most places, is not conducive to selling your home, so we will wait until we can sell for a reasonable price. It looks so relaxing. Enjoy your last week of school. I am a new follower and look forward to reading more of your posts.


  2. I love your house! I have been wanting to move to a place just like that in the country. So many places to relax and read!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  3. OMG! Your home is gorgeous! I am so jealous! I would love to live out in nature! I have wetlands behind my house with trees too, but I mostly hear frogs. Do you get a lot of deer?
    I found you at the Currently linky!
    3 Teacher Chicks

  4. I, too, am jealous of all of your amazing outdoor spaces! While I don't have nearly as much property, I've been working on making my own outdoor oasis over the last year. Unfortunately, living in Georgia, it gets way too hot outside most summer days, so I have a limited morning and evening window of opportunity to use it.
    Good luck with your outdoor projects, and thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Eberopolis: Teaching Reading & Writing with Technology

  5. What a beautiful place to sit back, relax and recharge!! Enjoy your summer :)
    Fun in Room 4B

  6. Good luck with your crazy week! Then you can get busy relaxing.

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  7. Oh my goodness! I'm coming over to hang out in your backyard. It looks so beautiful and peaceful. I love to read too - check out the books by Sarah Jio if you haven't already. It's not YA, but something for you!


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