It’s that time again…ticking down the days until school starts back for a new year. It’s been a long summer, time to get the boy back to the grind and myself back to some sort of routine again.
(somewhere around Niobrara, Nebraska)
We’ve actually had a rather nice summer around the homestead, The Old Boy and I actually toned it down this year, have diddled around the place and let the DNA take over and played Hobby Farmers. Old Boy has torn down fence, put up new fence, torn down old and put up more new. He’s seemed to really have enjoyed it. I’ve played barefoot in my flower garden many evenings with an audio book playing.
Bubba won’t admit it, but he seems to be getting bored with our slow pace this summer. He kept busy until the past month or so, bond fires with friends in the evenings, driving up and down the driveway with his pickup in the evenings while visiting with his friends on the phone. He’s on his third girlfriend of the summer, so spending time with her a little now. First football game of the season is tonight, so he’s going to watch her dance at half-time and then they are going to bond fire with friends until I go get him. Five months and he’ll have his drivers license, will be so nice!
We haven’t done out normal small trips this summer like we have for many summers. The kids and I started taking my mom on mini-vacations each summer about 12 or 13 years ago. No one could get into the groove this year. With The Girl gone and out in Western Nebraska, and with Bubba being 15, mom and I are the only ones really wanting to go, but going without the kids doesn’t sound fun though.
We did take an afternoon trip to West Bend, Iowa to The Grotto of The Redemption…my mom, Bubba and my niece Lu. Beautiful, peaceful place…one doesn’t need to be Catholic to feel the beauty of this place.
(The Grotto of The Redemption…West Bend, Iowa)
My guys humored me a few weeks ago and went with me to Winnebago, Nebraska to their 151st Pow Wow…AMAZING! Had been wanting to for years, this year I decided it was time, less than two hours from where we live, so the boys weren’t away from their work for too long. It wasn’t really their thing, but I absolutely LOVED it! The drums, the clothing…don’t know what to say other than it was amazing!
(Pow Wow at Niobrara, Nebraska)
This past weekend I stepped outside of my box and did something I’ve never done before…went on a mini-trip while leaving my boys at home in charge of the dogs. There was a Pow Wow in Niobrara, Nebraska that I wanted to go to and the boys did not, our daughter said she’d meet me and go, having never been to one. We met in O’Neill and spent the night, we swam and visited for about an hour at the end of the evening. Definitely something we’ll have to do again.