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It has been a weird summer.
Spring rolled in cold and rainy. As we moved to summer, things got hot, humid, and damp.
The particular day I am writing this we are having both an Excessive Heat Warning (Heat Index of 110) and Flood Warning. Jesse and I also woke up to a couple of feet of water in our basement.
Climate Change is Real, my friends.
Keeping track of the things that are saving my life throughout the year was something that I picked up as an exercise of self-reflection as an avid reader of Anne’s blog. It is easy to remember what is driving you crazy but to pick out the little things that are saving you take a bit more thought.
Here a few of the simple, everyday things from my list.
There are certain spots in my yard (and the surrounding area) where when we get a big rainstorm the water collects. These spots have been holding water most of the summer. And that means bugs. Biting gnats in particular.
Buggins sprays started showing up in my area a couple of years ago, and it is the only thing that keeps that gnats away. On top of that, it uses natural ingredients and smells good. It has been my perfume all summer.
We are just at the tail end of the three-month-long season where my husky, Dru, sheds uncontrollably. We spend those months pulling out his hair in chunks when we are on walks and vacuuming the house. Since Derek, my robot vacuum, has joined the family, he has been able to take over the vacuuming duty. Using the app, I set up a daily timer, and Derek is finishing up when I get home from work.
Extra days off work
I work four 10 hours days right now and my days off shift. So every other weekend is a four day weekend, without having to use any PTO. These long weekends have been an excellent summertime perk. I have been able to get projects done around the house, spend time with family, and still spend time binging Stranger Things.
I did a digital detox a while ago. When my head cleared, I made some social media choices, and one of the big ones is to not following people that make me angry or feel bad about myself and support people that make me feel good.
I can’t express or explain why I love Pattie so much. I think it is best to let Pattie explain themselves:
“she’s your backcountry queen bringing inclusivity, positivity, and drag into the outdoors. proud lgbtq+ & outdoors advocate.”