Summer Doldrums

I’ve got the end of summer doldrums big time.  I don’t feel like doing anything.  I want to sit outside, read, pet the dogs, and just daydream.  Not on the rainy days – those need a nap – but on days like today, when the sky was a beautiful mid-blue with big white fluffy clouds.

It’s always like this with me at the end of summer.  I don’t want to exercise.  I can’t hardly stand to be inside.  I want no responsibilities, no rules, and nothing to do for days on end.

Of course, that’s not life.  Work is in full swing now that the federal tax return is nearly done.  My team has already started working on the state income tax returns.  But the rest of my life?  Slowed down.

I love this quote:

Rest is not idleness,
and to lie sometimes on the grass
under trees on a summer’s day,
listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time. 

John Lubbock

I know this won’t last very long – by next week I’ll feel more like being productive.  But for now, I’m relaxing and enjoying the last few days before the holiday weekend.

I’ve also been playing with my pictures from Colonial Williamsburg.  Here’s one of the private residences, straight out of the camera:

Straight out of the camera

And here it is, done up as an oil painting:

And here is. . . a beagle who just got yelled at for trampling the lantana.  What, you thought I did the building a different way?

Enjoy the last few days of August.  Here’s a final thought for you:

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon;
to me those have always been
the two most beautiful words in the English language. 
Henry James

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    • Are you ever a sweetie! That award looks lovely. Thanks so much – I’m going to put it out there and pass it along later (thanks for taking off the pressure).

      Actually, the state tax returns (which I do) are just starting, but it’s been a pretty calm start. I hope it stays that way. I think we’ll get them done without being in there all hours of the day and night.

  1. My end of summer is more a rush of ‘oh my gosh I need to get this stuff done!!!’ Too many projects at the finishing stage and trying to get a Christmas stocking finished for a nieces new husband. We are heading to FL next week for the wedding and to spend some time with my brother. Here is my husbands favorite quote to follow yours – its from Willie Nelson “Still is still moving to me” So enjoy being still for a while! K

    • I totally understand where you’re coming from. I’d like to do some photo books for Christmas and time is running out if I’m going to start scanning pictures and putting together more family stories.

      I will enjoy the stillness of these last few days of summer! Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I know what you mean. I always want to hang on to those last few days of summer too. Enjoy while you can. Love your pictures and quotes. At least I have a European holiday in September to look forward to this year. (a much needed break)

    • Thanks for the compliments! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures and quotes. Now that the heat is not as bad here, summer has been much more enjoyable. Your vacation sounds wonderful – I can’t wait to here about it. Enjoy! Can you believe September’s nearly here?

    • Doors are so very intriguing – it’s always the mystery of waht’s on the other side.

      Beagles have such expressive faces. You always know what they’re thinking and what they want.

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