I took a few days to take Lou Ann back to the Midwest to help her get her classroom ready for school (she could never have done it alone and on time with her broken arm). I always hate to see her leave in August (we have such a great time together), but at least the trip gave us a little more time to spend together.
I got back home yesterday afternoon, and immediately Lachlan and David asked me to accompany them to the sound for some swimming (the water is quite a bit warmer in NC than in IN!). In Indiana I had a chance to swim in one of the many lakes in Lou Ann's area. In both places I had a great time swimming and cooling off.
Today I'm confronted with wild, unruly grass and weeds in my front yard, laundry to wash, emails to answer, and bills to pay. But I was happy to see that Lou Ann's gardening has reaped some rewards. She planted, watered, and fertilized this summer. The sandy soil in my yard leaves a lot to be desired, but my roses, crepe myrtles, daisies, and snapdragons are beginning to bloom.
Oh yes, the sunflowers too!
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story about volunteering for turtle patrol with the National Park Service. You can read her story and see her pictures here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072809.htm.