How’s your summer going? In fact, this whole year? I’ve seen some pretty funny memes lately about 2020—and I can’t disagree. It’s a strange time, all right.
In the past five months, I’ve gained a new respect for blithely making plans that can actually be carried out. Last year I would have booked flights long before August to see my family back East. I would have escaped the worst of the Arizona heat at just the right time, maybe even taken a few smaller side trips until the weather finally cooled down a bit here. This summer? I’m not going anywhere. A staycation, I suppose.
Still, go figure. This year time has ceased to have much meaning, yet the summer seems to have flown by in a hurry and I’m actually having fun—catching up on my reading, finishing a proposal, toying with another new project, watching a favorite pair of quail and their five adorable babies on my office patio. They are the cutest things! And very well fed. Here's Daddy.
I’ve also watched quite a few movies on Netflix (writerly matinees) or with my husband in the evenings (more guy stuff then). I became absolutely “hooked” on the Sweet Magnolias series, which thank goodness—after a shocking finale!—has just been renewed for a second season. I can’t wait to see how the many plot threads and romances get tied up.
I should have planted flowers this season as I usually do, grown some tomatoes and peppers, and used my neighborhood swimming pool more, but I haven’t. Along with the odd time thing this year, quite a bit of inertia set in. Never mind all those chores that never got done. And I know I’m not alone.
Here’s another thing: I find it strange these days to read or write about people doing normal things, shopping, eating out, taking trips, gathering with friends and family. It can be disorienting but also comforting. In the latter case, take, for example, my July book (the latest in my Kansas Cowboys series) in which Dallas Maguire and Lizzie Barnes join forces to put on a local rodeo, including fun events for the kids.
How are you spending your pandemic summer? What are your favorite activities?
As always, happy reading!