The ABC’s of Summer: A is for Adventure

Grandad and Angel at The Sign

Hello, All! It’s been a while…

Summer is rushing past in a blur! It’s nearly Angel’s birthday, then Back to School. Where did it go?

Before the season turns from tomatoes and watermelon to apples and pumpkins, let’s do a Summer Catch-Up. Best way I can think of is to do what we’ve been practicing at home all summer – the alphabet.

Angel, what letter does Adventure start with?first plane ride

Let’s start at the beginning…back at the beginning of the summer. In late June, Grandad, Angel and I (accompanied by Clifford the Big Red Dog!) took a trip to see my mother. Angel’s first airplane ride went off without a hitch – the flight attendants were surprised to learn she’d never flown before! We left Boston at some unholy hour, and arrived in Ft. Worth, Texas by 10:30 am. Into a rental car, then North.

Angel and Granny

Our eventual destination would be Granny’s house in Oklahoma, but we had a bit of business in North Texas, first…starting with lunch. Lunch with friends. Specifically, Blogging Friends – Artist and Blogess Extraordinaire Kathryn and her husband the Maestro met us for a delightful meal in their adopted home town in North Texas. You won’t believe this, but neither of us got out a camera…A couple of Old Pro’s, and we didn’t Document the Moment!

But, not to worry…there will be other opportunities. Many of them. You see, the BIG adventure is still to come…

The Texas House

We bought a house.

Sometime in the late Winter or early Spring, we’ll be moving to Texas. All of us. Auntie Sarah and Niko, included.

I know. I can’t believe it myself….but there it is.

It took a while to get used to the idea…I’ve lived here in New England for 20 years. Hubby’s never lived anywhere else. But my mother has had some health issues in the last year, and we felt it would be better if we were closer…and the kids will get to know their great-grandmother. My dad is a 5-hour drive away, in Arkansas, so they’ll get to spend time with him as well.

And that famous Texas Heat? That’s why the Good Lord invented swimming pools!

Goodbye, for now

So I’ll be spending the next few months getting the house here ready to sell, and cleaning out the stuff that has accumulated over the years – Hubby’s lived here for 30, and that’s a bunch of Stuff. Hubby will be back and forth to the Texas House (as the kids have taken to calling it) to oversee the work that has to be done before we can start bringing our things down. Blogging (and cleaning!) will be easier in a couple of weeks when the kids are in school…I’ve got most of the Summer Alphabet ready to go, but might be late in answering comments…

Mt. Scott

I hope everyone’s summer has been full of awesome Adventures!




35 thoughts on “The ABC’s of Summer: A is for Adventure

  1. Oh my goodness! A new house?! How amazing. Love the swimming pool. Wow, have you gotton a little closer to me? maybe not, but it feels like it.. good for you.. c

  2. Well, that IS an adventure! You’ll have to rename your blog… But hey, a swimming pool? Go for it. Good luck to all!

  3. Goodness you are a dark horse …. looking forward to the rest of the alphabet πŸ™‚ Good luck with the pre-move preparations, but the best way to get rid accumulated things before packing. Laura

  4. *WOW* I didn’t see that coming!
    Good luck on your next adventure and may the home sale be a pleasure and go off without a hitch. So much to do, I think you used the letter A way too early πŸ™‚

  5. Sounds like A is for an awfully big adventure! Good luck with the house move – having just moved 3 miles along the road, I can only imagine the upheaval involved in uping sticks and travelling right across the country. You know though, that we’ll all be following your progress and wishing only good things for you in your adventure.

  6. Firstly, lovely to hear from you. And secondly, WOW, Texas!!! What a change! Good luck with all the planning and packing ahead. Such a great adventure for you all!

      • If you are new to Texas, you really have no idea. When I learned that Florida was closer than El Paso… (and I’ve driven El Paso Austin twice) it really sinks in. It takes a full day to drive out of Texas from the center of it. It’s huge! Show him a map of Texas overlaid over Europe? It’s a powerful image to convey the size.

  7. For some odd inexplicable reason I thought of you last night and reckoned I better see whether my name had for some odd reason been erased off the mailing list . . . this morning the humongous news lay in the box! Congratulations and won’t you have a busy time ahead and won’t your parents be happy and won’t the kids be exited!! Much to do . . . . heaps of best wishes it will all run smoothly! And some six months or so ahead you will have to change the blog name and we shall be travelling with you to learn about a new environment . . . .

    • Funny how those things happen? Like humming an old song you haven’t thought of in years, only to have it come on the radio hours later…
      Still tossing around new blog names…one of those things I do to delay tackling the mess in the basement πŸ˜‰

  8. Holy moly!! That IS a big adventure!! Such a big switch in climates, too. Congratulations on your new big adventure! Wishing you a smooth and easy transition, as well as lots of fun along the way. You’re gonna love that long growing season. πŸ™‚

  9. I don’t know quite what I can say that hasn’t been said already by all of those who visited here while I was out gallivanting and girding (girdling) my loins for the Fall, but how about:

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ !!!!!

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