Lazy Days of Summer

Summer saps my focus.  It makes my mind wander and keeps me from being productive.  I waste time and then get mad at myself because I didn’t accomplish a darn thing I had intended to accomplish for the day.  I can’t even relax properly.  Take, for example, today during yoga.  I was supposed to be focused on my breathing and putting every effort into my movements.  Instead I found these, and similarly inane thoughts, wandering around in my head:

(As I saw my butt in the mirror):  Hey, those no-line panties really work, even with these tight little yoga pants.
(As I’m holding a pose with my head down to my knees):  Dang, I can hardly see because my cheeks are nearly covering my eyes.  Where did all this extra skin come from?
Then I looked up and noticed the rest of the class had moved on without me and were holding a different pose.

I finally deleted my Scrabble game on my iPad, so at least I can’t waste anymore time with that, but now I’m fascinated by this real estate app I downloaded.  I keep putting in cities I think I might like to live in to see what homes are selling for.  What the heck is that all about?  I have been reading a lot, and I guess that’s not bad.  A friend of mine sent me a box of books she was finished with, and it was like Christmas for me.  But I can get my mind buried in a good book to the exclusion of everything else.  Including making dinner.  Good night tonight for Schlotsky’s, I think, or a hot dog at Five Guys.

I’ve done very little blogging, and that includes reading as well as writing.  Please forgive me, loyal followers and those I follow.  I will try to do better.  But it may take awhile.  Usually I turn myself around after Labor Day.  I hope my focus improves before then, though.  I went grocery shopping today and bought a jar of Miracle Whip.  I put it in the cupboard beside the other jar of Miracle Whip I didn’t realize I had.  The one right next to the other jar of Miracle Whip I forgot about.  I don’t even like Miracle Whip.  I am a mayonnaise girl.

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I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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25 Responses to Lazy Days of Summer

  1. Today is my day to catch up on reading blogs… obviously… I don’t know how I do that, I am so good at reading and writing and soon I look and I have read or written in weeks… DAF

  2. Adela says:

    Just thought to myself: Where did July go? Perhaps that’s why they’re also referred to as “hazy days of summer.” Anyways, I’m holding on to summer for as long as I can.

    • Coming East says:

      I don’t have quite the panic attack when August hits anymore, Adela, since I retired. As an administrator, my school year didn’t end until the third week of June, and it started up again the first week of August. I enjoy my summers so much more now.

  3. Jiawei says:

    Susan, I hope I don’t make you feel bad. But my kids and I are totally focused with catching up with work, because Shanghai is insanely hot, any outdoor activities are ridiculous. So we are staying inside and very productive. Sorry if you feel more mad! 🙂

    • Coming East says:

      I would be disappointed if you weren’t focused, Jiawei! It is so different when you have kids. You have to be on top of everything, and I think I was when the kids were home in the summer. We had our routines of getting up early and packing lunch for the zoo or spending the day at the pool or library. I think it is the time of my life that makes me unfocused. I don’t have anyone I’m responsible for anymore. Except me.

  4. Summer does the same to me — and if it’s hot, I’m even worse! But I think that’s what summer is for; at least, I’m buying into the idea that laziness is for summer and vice versa. Please don’t correct me if I’m wrong. 😉 Oh, and yeah, I totally get the real estate site hopping. I do that too! Where might I like to live next? And can we afford it? I chalk my fascination with it up to hubby and I having moved a lot and realizing we’ve been stationary for several years in the same place now.

    • Coming East says:

      Tomorrow is the first day of August, Mama. Not too many days of summer left, so we need to get all our laziness in that we can and get it out of our system.

  5. dorannrule says:

    I have been “out of it” too, but mostly because of a visitor who stayed for 3 weeks…. hard to make a comeback in cyberspace. Let’s get into this together again! 🙂

  6. I completely understand that insanity. Oh, the real estate app. actually had me critiquing the decorating choices of the sellers. It was time for me to move on when I dismissing homes because the owners had hideous taste.

    • Coming East says:

      Haha! Good to know I’m not the only one! I’m even like you in that, if the house is decorated horribly, I move on to the next one. The thing I don’t understand are the home owners who leave all the clutter in the rooms when they take the pictures. And the hideous colors some people paint rooms! Don’t get me started. I’m trying to wean myself away.

  7. Dianna says:

    Definitely sounds like you’re enjoying the lazy days of summer!

  8. Shofar says:

    Aloha Susan, remember we’re retired; every day can be a summer day if we like. It’s okay to put off till another day what you didn’t do yesterday! I once had a beautiful Mercury with ‘cruise control’ that’s what I’m on now. Kids dropping by; some hot and humid days when I don a sports bra all day and shorts; it’s summer, ENJOY!

  9. pattisj says:

    Sure I do! You just have to send your hubby to work for days on end, stop sleeping at night, eat cereal for dinner, then you can get everything done. I’ve been without internet three times in the last two weeks. Thanks to Al, I now have “7 Little Words” to keep me occupied, so there’s still not much blog reading going on. And someone else mentioned the highest level of Spider Solitaire. That kept bugging me, so I had to give that a shot. Sadly, I don’t think Labor Day is going to help me at all. Maybe I’ll buy some Miracle Whip, too, in hopes of getting a miracle.

  10. Patti Ross says:

    Oh, I so understand this summer activity. Sadly, it sounds typical to me!

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