A true empty nest summer

Matt and I on one of our summer walks
Matt and I on one of our summer walks

The summer is over and a different summer it was for my husband and I. This was the first time in twenty-seven years where not one of our children spent the hot summer days at home. The eldest has lived in her own place for a couple of years now, middle child is off on the other side of the world (home in less than ninety days now), and the youngest was able to get summer employment with the university he attends, thus it only made sense he would continue living away from home. The youngest did come home for a week in August, and really milked the “I am on vacation” attitude.

Our summer was spent with me working in my vegetable garden, drying herbs for the winter, canning, and swimming pretty much every day. When my husband wasn’t working, he spent his time re-building his shed from the ground up, and erecting a deck around the new pool. There was no camping this year, or canoeing, which I missed horribly. We did spend a few days in Quebec visiting our son, and after his vacation at home, I drove him back to university. This meant, it would be just me and our two dogs on the return trip. It took me two days to get home. The first day I drove for about five hours with loads of rest stops, laying in the back of the van with the dogs. I then stopped at my friend’s house for the night, knowing I would not be able to make the entire drive in one day. The next day, what is normally about a four-hour drive, if I was with my husband, took me ten hours. My legs kept going numb making driving difficult, so again I stopped at every OnRoute, for a nap. Thank goodness both our dogs are great travellers, as long as you give them walks at the rest stops, otherwise they both happily lay beside me while I rest.

Another reason we weren’t able to go anywhere this summer was due to my migraines. Ever since I started menopause, my migraines have become unmanageable. After keeping track of them for four months, it seems I was/am getting about fifteen plus a month. Due to the magnitude of them, the specialist believes I am a good candidate for Botox treatment, so in a couple of weeks, I will be stuck with approximately thirty needles in my head and neck area. One bonus of the treatment, is she promises to remove the wrinkle, well actually indentation between my eyebrows. Of course my husband doesn’t notice the wrinkle, he says he sees me like the day he met me when I was twenty-two. Such a nice guy or a good liar? I think I will believe “nice guy”.

How was your summer?

No a/c by choice

I live in a 2-story house and have never had air conditioning. When we added the second floor, we made sure they were windows installed on each wall, so there would be a cross breeze for every room. Ceiling fans are in & on in every room and on hot days such as today (July 21st 2011), windows and curtains are closed to keep the heat out. It does help that we have one of those four-foot deep rubber pools, so a dip before bed cools you right off. If the upstairs does get too hot, we sleep in the basement on air mattress’ or I pitch the tent in the backyard.

I will never install a/c in my house because I find the heat hits me twice as hard when I go outside. Now I realize people with breathing problems need something especially if they are living on the i.e. 11th floor of a high-rise. However, there is no need to run an air conditioning unit when you are not home, likewise running it at such a low temperature that a sweater is needed is ridiculous. I love the heat, even on a day like today. It is summer and I will enjoy every minute before that horrible white stuff lands on my front lawn.