September has always been more of a "new year's" then January, because of the school year. I've been a student, the mother of a student and/or a teacher nearly every year of my life (minus the first few years of my life and the first couple years of Erika's life). Everything starts over again in September and this year feels particularly new. I've mentioned several times to friends, I'm not just starting the school year with an empty nest, it's an extensively empty one. While I am thrilled to have Erika home and on the job market, I know she won't be around much. This year I begin the school year completely on my own, I think maybe for the first time in my life-- just Balt and lots of friends near by to help. It's exciting, it's scary, it's new and in a lot ways not all that different from any other year. I was reminded last night, that I'm never really alone, even though it feels like it occasionally. I am surrounded by so many who love me and that makes me so blessed.
I started the morning with a cup of coffee and enjoying the cool morning. It was cloudy and I needed a sweatshirt for my morning walk with Balt. It drizzled on our walk but nothing too heavy. I weeded dandelions from my front lawn for an hour and ended up drenched in sweat and got blisters on my hands from the weeder tool I used! I got a call from Monika and we chatted for over an hour about her life as a college student. I fixed a missing tile in my bathroom, put all the clean laundry away, cleaned the garage, sent a load of junk to St. Vincent's, worked on power points for school this week, made veggie fajita tacos for lunch and watched a movie while eating a late lunch. I had a second senior photo shoot this afternoon in the photo lab. I came home and took Balt to the dog park for a while and then worked on photos as well as created a t-shirt design for the junior class. I decided to forgo the pool today, even though it was the very last day. With a high in the mid-seventies, lots of clouds and occasional showers, it just wasn't worth it. I wanted my last day to be a hot, sunny day-- so yesterday it was. I got a lot done today and feel pretty good about starting back to school tomorrow with all new freshman. I will be in bed early tonight, for tomorrow we are off for a new adventure.