Last day of summer and it was a beautiful one

Monday, 21 September 2020

Steam rises at sunrise.
Photo of the day, 21 Sep 2020 © WQuinn

A heavier frost coated the earth this morning and more is on the way tonight.

Summer is officially over and, despite the pandemic, it was an incredible one. Lots of hot, sunny, fun days. Fond memories, like wading through clay and weeds to swim in the river, floating on my back watching the clouds float by, a duck landing nearby, a dragonfly landing on my nose. Made the clay and weeds worth it… almost!

My sister’s 50th birthday weekend at the cottage. My nieces were there too. We laughed, played games, I read and took pictures and removed a million bugs and moths from the bunk house.

Then there was the time my brother took mom and I in the boat. We visited Oiseau rock, I got to drive the boat (insert giggles here), went all the way up past Chalk river. The first time I went that far. First time I saw a Cormorant. And the first time I was in a boat at the gas pumps! A day of firsts. Oh, and don’t forget being buzzed by a helicopter! It was such a great day, great weather, great company, and great tunes!

The next day I found myself lounging on the deck, listening to music with my nephews, just chilling. I commented on how perfect the music was and learned that it was Connor’s playlist, aptly titled Sitting on a rocking chair on the deck at the cottage. I kid you not! That night I saw Jupiter’s bands and Saturn’s rings, and had a s’more. The next day I swam across the river with the boys and my sister-in-law. Then we swam up river a bit and floated home in the current. The entire weekend was the best I’ve had in a long time!

There was an afternoon and evening at my sister’s place… swimming in their pool then lounging in the hot tub! But the best was the night they came back for a visit, brought supper with them and we stayed outside until dark, soaking up as much summer as we could!

And the night my nieces and sister came back to make tea candles! What fun we had that night!

Summer always seems too short and this year, maybe because of the pandemic, I wanted to make the most of it, make it last longer, even if only in my memories. And that’s just what I did. I made a conscious effort to be outside enjoying every second of every minute of every day. Watching sunrises and sunsets, comets and shooting stars, rainy days and stormy nights. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the veranda.

It was an awesome summer! See you next year my old friend!

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