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July highlights

We had a busy but enjoyable July. We started with our traditional vowel state tour, leaving July 2 in our new Subaru Forester and staying in Batavia en route to Edon Ohio for a family reunion. It was great to see everyone, play lots of cards, go running, and cool off in the pond. A new generation of kids is playing Jailbreak and we heard that the law of the jungle applies to discipline, evidently. We also got to see Brian’s other Grandma and Aunt and Uncle and enjoy a few hours in the pool just relaxing. Then it was on to Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and St. Marys to see more family – including a whole crew from the west coast! – and a few friends, and help clean and clean out homes. We enjoyed many good visits during the week, but wished we had more time to spend with everyone. We returned with a full car of slides, a family heirloom dresser, and as much other “stuff” as we could fit! We tried a new route, I-86 through southern NY, which was a nice change of pace and pretty scenery, though the road surface wasn’t nearly as good as the Pike/Thruway.

We’ve been very fortunate to get to catch up with many friends this month: dinner with local ones we don’t see often enough, some visiting from far away, and some returning to the area. Yay!

Brian’s been ramping up his hours at the Crisis Center, doing some legal intakes as well as going to court. We have been enjoying our farm share, which has been as different from last summer as the weather has been! Instead of incessant greens and a dearth of tomatoes due to rain and blight in 2009, this year we’ve had a reasonable number of spring greens and are now into squash, broccoli and some beautiful heirloom, cherry and plum tomatoes that grow well in the hot humid weather. We tackled a fruitful clothes clean-out of Brian’s closet, which resulted in 3 big bags of give-aways, and clothes properly occupying the new dresser rather than the closet floor. I had a week-long business trip to wrap up the month, which was fun but made me very happy to be home. And, we’re back to running almost every day, as noted in the prior post.

Those are the highlights from July. I’m very excited for August: we start a 9/80 schedule at work, with so many possibilities for hiking, catching up around the house, taking weekend trips, or just enjoying summer in Newburyport!

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