Here it is September, everyone in my family is either back at work or off to new adventures in new cities. So for today's blog post, a totally self-serving (and annual) look at the summer that was, 2016.
Some top memories from this summer (in no particular order, just hey, I have this compulsion for lists) ...
6. Sailing. My husband and I have sailed all our lives, but we've never owned a boat. A few years ago, we bought half interest in a C&C 27, which we sail out of Toronto's Outer Harbour Marina. It's been fun watching Toronto recede behind us (although, you can never really lose the Toronto skyline, unless it's foggy). We made it halfway across the lake one day. Our cottage in the city. (Pic: Sam the Bichpoo in the v-berth.)
2. An anniversary and a birthday. July is a busy time for us, we have a wedding anniversary and a birthday back to back. After graduating, my daughter got a job in Algonquin Park. Here she is serving us a special "Happy Anniversary" dessert from the pastry chef.
|2 (author chillin' because this place is CHILL)|
There have been other special moments too, like having my song, "Summer" (with Allister Thompson, my editor of 8 years and a wonderful musician), picked as a "Song of the Day" by the Free Music Archive, on May 18. Here's Summer, if you want to listen (it's free). People have used the song (and a few other songs of mine), in artistic videos from New England, to southern Georgia, to Cornwall and Slovenia. Check out all 7 interesting (and some quite lovely) videos on my Youtube channel, here.
|Me and Dorothy, a mad creator her whole life, on her 97th b-day|
Yes, we grow older, children grow up and head off to interesting new adventures, old carpets wear out, we need sunglasses 24/7 for a while, September arrives ... but when I look at this summer in this way (with my list compulsion shining bright!), I see that all is well. As Stuart Little so wisely said, "Remember your summertimes, sweethearts."
Happy September, everyone!
|Wasaga Beach, 2016|