Catching up

This little guy got stuck in the pool. I took this photo because I liked how it exhibits the surface tension of the water. Only when I looked at it on my computer did I notice all the concentric circles!

My last post was over a month ago! I have missed having the opportunity to sit down with my laptop and share my latest ideas and projects.  I would love to hear from you about what you’ve been up to as well.  It’s a recurrent theme with me but truly, I need to balance my obligations with my hobbies and try to fit it all in.

There was all the usual end-of-school flurry of activity: dance photos, dance recital, teacher gifts, class parties, last Brownie meeting, and various celebrations.  We had our Sisterhood installation luncheon and I planned a staff appreciation lunch.  Relative to the past few years, we have entertained A LOT, mainly because our new pool makes it super convenient and fun.  We’ve gone to baseball games, a U2 concert, and started our summer reading clubs.  I finally got my hair highlighted because I actually have some gray hairs growing in (gasp!!) (I really dislike giving up 2 hours of time to get it done, so it has to be so bad that it’s a necessity.) And I turned 42.

Now Sweet Girl is in the first of her weekly camps and I have been enjoying quiet time to do my own thing: read, do puzzles, swim, read some more, and think about getting back into the art room and to this blog.  Can you believe I’ve been writing Poetic Aperture for 6.5 years now? I would like to catch up on my book-making too. I’ve only done the first 3 years.

I have been trying to slim down and since January, I’ve lost 17 pounds.  About a month ago, I noticed that I’d lost my motivation to walk in the mornings and to count calories.  One day of slacking became two, etc.  Some of my family have been successful on Naturally Slim, which is much more of a lifestyle change than a diet, and so Mr. B and I have been doing it for 3.5 weeks now and we’re both excited to be losing weight.  I have at least 10 more pounds to lose, so I will keep you posted.

Just had to show you our end-of-year cake for our Brownie troop. Such cuteness!

The outside home projects continue. We are actually still tweaking the pool setup.  Today it’s our vacuum that is not behaving.  We did some landscaping that I’ll show you as well.  I’ll be catching up here over the next couple of weeks, telling you about our backyard, the books I’ve been reading, a few art canvases I’ve done, and my new camera. Stay tuned! xoxo

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4 Responses to Catching up

  1. cheryl says:

    Welcome back Naomi. Your summer sounds lovely, especially the reading part. Enjoy.

  2. I was beginning to wonder if I wasn’t getting your notifications! I HAVE missed you! I had no idea you were following in my footsteps. I finally challenged myself to blog for 21 straight days (the number of repetitious necessary to form a habit) and was successful. And for a week or so after that, I kept going. But then I fell back off the wagon again, and have beed struggling to get back into it, largely because I’m not doing much interesting enough to share (which didn’t USE to be a problem!) Even my musings don’t seem too interesting to me these days! Sounds like you have lots to write about and just need to make it a priority!
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  3. Naomi says:

    I have missed you too, Janet! I am happy to be back and keeping up with all your projects. 🙂

  4. Naomi says:

    Thanks, Cheryl. I have loved seeing your gorgeous photographs on Facebook. It’s inspiring me to pick up my camera again.

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