Summer Time

The livin’ may not be easy, but it’s livin’.

On this first day of summer, we’re hoping to take a trip to the cooler air of Flagstaff. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll be spending the day installing a door (well, half door—I’m cutting it) in my laundry room to keep J’s dog out (she jumps over the “baby” gate) and building a new display shelf for my bookmarks. Since hubby left the choice up to me, I’m thinking the trip is a go.

Yeah, I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to do the installation/building. It’s not that I don’t want to do the work eventually—just not today. Hubby even let me pick out new tools and everything. They’re lighter than the hulking beast tools hubby has so I should be able to handle them better. And the combo kit I picked out has a circular saw which hubby doesn’t have (and is the main reason hubby let me get new tools). I’m looking forward to not having to use a hacksaw to cut the door. And then I’ll have the circular saw for all my big projects—the tiny Dremel saw and hacksaw just weren’t cutting it (hee hee)—well, not easily at least.

new tools

But, as you can see, the package is still unopened so I can’t really do the work until I open the box and charge the battery (cordless tools are awesome—just sayin’). Hey, it’s as good an excuse as any to get out of work. I can charge the battery while we’re gone so it will be ready to go when we get back—though I’ll probably not do the work until tomorrow. And travelling doesn’t really get me out of doing any work, cause I have to clean out the van before we go.

In reality, I’m looking forward to doing the installing/building (just not today). I’m a girl who loves me some power tools—I’m weird like that. Building things (and taking them apart) has always been fascinating to me. I wouldn’t say I’m an accomplished designer/builder/carpenter or anything, but I manage to figure things out enough to get by.

Speaking of building things and taking them apart, I did manage to finish the chapter I promised to revise/rewrite last post. Yay! I doubt I’ll get any writing done today, but I’m hoping tomorrow brings another finished chapter or two.

How are you doing this first day of summer? Any plans?

Summer on!

About Joan Stradling, Author

Joan Stradling is a middle grade and YA author of stories with magical elements. She loves painting, baking, crafting, pet wrangling, and anything else she can fit into her schedule. A passionate believer in the power of books, she still hopes to one day ride a dragon, meet a Hobbit, or discover new worlds by walking through a wardrobe. In the meantime, she imagines and writes about her own incredible worlds and characters–and continues to live vicariously through the adventures in other’s books. You can find her on Instagram (@JoanStradlingAuthor) or Twitter (@justJoanS) or FB (Joan Stradling aka Joan Stewart) Join me on Patreon:
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