My retrospective of 2017 resumes in July. July was a mishmash of events: picture taking around Chicago, a trip to the Michigan Dunes, a road trip to Iowa for a writing workshop, a trip to New York for a choral festival and a health care protest.
August was largely a domestic adventure. We began work on our house which was built in the 1880’s. This round was largely external–remove the siding, foam insulate the entire house and replace the siding with new materials. Repaint. Suffice to say, the work is not done yet although the house is warmer this winter than previously. This is a good thing since temperatures have been in the single digits this week. The enterprise involved men on scaffolding outside nearly every window of the house which did little for privacy. This noise was equally hard on my nerves and those of my poor cats. The house waits for warmer weather and a final coat of paint but it does look good.
August 21st was one of the year’s highlights. We took a family trip to Oregon to intersect the total eclipse. Despite threats of massive crowds we viewed the totality just the three of us off a road in rural Oregon. The sudden darkness and chill, the silence and eerie shadows made it well worth the trip. After the event, which passed far too quickly (only around 2 minutes of total eclipse, after all), we hit the road and found the traffic. We missed our rendezvous with family in Washington, spent a night in a hotel and then joined up in Chelan, Washington.
Not a bad sunset, eh? So it seems I won’t finish my 2017 retrospective tonight either. The fun continues tomorrow.