“When school ends, I’ll have plenty of time to blog.” That’s what I thought. So far, there are still only 24 hours in a day and too many things to carry out in that time. My children are both in summer school, and not because they want to get ahead. The youngest failed history and has to complete a credit for it to go on to high school. I was never a big history fan when I was in school, so I understand the disinterest. I don’t understand letting that spiral into failing. My oldest is a complete mystery. He managed to fail three classes and won’t graduate on time if he doesn’t complete them this summer. Biggest sigh ever in the entire universe.
Thankfully drugs and other crippling influences don’t seem to be a cause. I am watching for them, but no hint. Thank goodness. Neither child is interested in academics, and don’t take much pride in these accomplishments. The oldest is talking military, and though I hate the risk, I don’t see many other choices for him. In fact, if we weren’t at war, I would say without hesitation this would be the best plan for his future–experience, discipline, and money toward his future.
Other than the kids, some things are changing in a more positive direction. We now have wi-fi, and though there have been some problems with the signal, it is amazing how much better than dial-up it is. Of course, I thought that this improvement would give me more time to blog, write, etc. Not reality, once again. Now my entire family competes with me for time online. We only have one computer hooked up to the system and competition for its use is intense. The number of computers using wi-fi should change, but I’m not sure how soon. Other summer projects have a higher priority.
One such project is the installation of a geothermal system. My husband and I are interested in more economic and environmentally friendly energy and appliances. We’ve talked about geothermal for years. Over a month ago a series of storms took out our microwave (again) and our air conditioner. We had to decide whether to replace the unit or invest in a new system. With the tax credit for energy-efficient home upgrades still in effect, we decided to go with the geothermal. To save money, we are putting it in ourselves. My husband is a meticulous and hardworking mechanical engineer, and I have complete faith in his ability to get the job done right. He does take a bit longer than most, being so careful of every little thing. The biggest drawback (and irony) is that we’ve had the hottest temperatures of the summer since we started working on the installation. As long as the nights are cool, we can open up the house at night to cool it down. Since the house is slow to change temperature when closed up, it is comfortable throughout the day. However, with days of highs in the 90’s and nights only in the 70s, the house can’t cool down enough. The short version is, I hate being hot and can’t sleep when I am. As my husband says, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
I apologize for the extended silence on my blog. I have thought of all of you often and have tried to at least keep up with the incoming comments. I even manage to visit a few of you, though not all. As things stabilize, I see more windows of time opening–both kids will be in summer school and my husband will be back at work (he has been off to work on the geothermal). No promises on how much writing I’ll do. No promises on how many visits I’ll make. I’m looking forward to the peace, quiet and time to read and write.