Since the first week of June signals the official start of summer for a lot of people--except our Down Under blogger friends Karisma, Peter and Wendy--our Fun Monday assignment is all about summer plans. Our host is Sayre over at Sayre Smiles and she would like us to share how we'll be spending our summer.
For me there's two things that need mentioning on this topic. One, there's not much that I like about the lazy, hazy days of summer. I don't enjoy water sports or other outdoor activities, nor do I care that much about yardwork, or being sealed up in an air conditioned house. Two, I'm retired so the summer months are not that different from any other time of the year.
One thing that remains constant though is that there's a master plan for the season. When I was working, I used one of those torturous planners like a Franklin Covey which would indeed have a supplement for "Summer Plans" like the one you see above. On a quarterly, monthly and weekly basis I mapped out my life under categories like strategic planning, conference development, training, organizational priorities, personal time, homekeeping. Now things are a lot simpler. My summer plans fit handily on one page of a steno pad. And I just need four categories: Inside, Outside, Creative, Organize. Here's my actual plan for June-August:
As you can see, things are going to be pretty low key on Summit Court. There will be some maintenance work to keep the house from falling down around my ears, a bit of decorating to make the place more welcoming, and sprucing up the outside so the neighborhood association--if we had one--won't complain. There's some business and financial issues that I need to sort out over the next few months, including planning for some travel in 2011--my passport is getting itchy. Mostly though, I'll be hunkered under the air conditioning working on my creative to do list--reading, writing, e-chatting with all of you, learning to use the right side of my brain to draw and paint. Oh, and I'll watch all seasons of "Lost" along with many, many other movies.
So, if summer is your season, I hope it's a great one. Will be around in the next day or so to see what you have planned.
- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.