As I await the release of An Amish Christmas Kitchen, I realize we’re midway through summer. When did that happen?

I had big plans for the summer, including spending more time up at the beach reading. Carrying a bag stuffed full of books and beach towels to the water’s edge. But our place has been inundated with mice. Until that’s resolved, I don’t feel like going up there. Would you? I’d planned to get more writing done too, but have been distracted. Projects, such as replacing our beloved oak tree, have eaten into my time.

Shopping one season too late again!

Shopping one season too late again!

Besides not reading more, I intended to exercise my arms.  I keep weights in front of the TV set as an incentive yet ignore them. Sitting at my computer, doing the laundry, and going to the grocery store are not going to build my biceps. I’d also intended to brush up on my Italian, as well as keep my singing voice in shape. Like any other muscle, vocal cords need warming up. And what about those pots on the patio I’d wanted to plant? I’ve noticed leaves changing. And this morning I heard the rustling of drying leaves as a breeze kicked up.

The flowers I should have planted.

The flowers I should have planted.

Is summer really half over? In Seattle, the weather has been relatively cool compared to the rest of the country, but today is gorgeous. A fabulous day to watch the blue Angels as they pass by gearing up for our yearly Seafair Weekend

Seeing the Blue Angels is a high point of my summer.

Seeing the Blue Angels is a high point of my summer.

I notice back-to-school sales ads. Other signs that autumn is lurking around the corner: I tried to buy a summer 50 SPF wide-brim hat at my favorite mercantile store, but they are running out. Even online, summer clothes are passé, giving way to fall attire. Summer sales abound at Walmart, Target, and Macy’s, not to mention the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which previews their winter clothing.

Overly ripe apples already?

Overly ripe apples already?

I just saw a news-clip about football training camps. Huh? And I find myself watching Hallmark Channel Christmas shows and enjoying them.

What other things have I meant to do over the summer? Read more books! I wish I could read, walk, and write at the same time. I love to do all three.

Enter to win this tote bag and a copy of one of my books!

Enter to win this tote bag and a copy of one of my books!

Enter to win this darling 20” X 15” X 5” black tote bag, perfect all year round, plus one of my signed books! (An Amish Christmas Kitchen has not yet released so is not yet available.)

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