summer celebrations.

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Fair season. Spent a whole magnificent weekend at the Fair, roving the grounds in search of bubble tea, good french fries, and goats to pet. I have always loved the Fair, especially the exhibit & animal barns. The commercial aspects of the Fair are okay- but I haven’t ever really played the games or rode the rides. The Fair, for me, is a celebration at the end of the summer to show off our hard work and relax. To lay around in the tent, a fan blowing over everyone, is the ultimate Fair experience and the perfect way to end the summer.

This morning was perfectly chilly enough for a soft jacket and hot tea. I’m becoming more and more ready for Fall by the minute. I promised myself that I wouldn’t bake, wear, burn, or decorate anything Fall-themed until September 1st. My reserve is beginning to wear thin. I want to savor a salted caramel bundt and burn all of my candles. The leaves are already yellowing and taking on a darker hue. I can’t wait to drive to Leonard Harrison State Park for the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon lookout, but I know the leaves aren’t ready yet- I can’t rush perfection or Mother Nature!

I finished reading a pile of books this week…
– The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
– The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
– Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
– How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
– An Unspoken Hunger by Terry Tempest Williams
– The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin

I’m far behind on my reading goal for the year (by about 4,000 pages) but I know I’m slowly catching up. I took a break from reading throughout June and July. Finishing a bunch of “little” books (less than 300 pages) is a good way to jump-start my Fall Reading. I don’t like to plan my reading, aside from working on a series or two. The University Library is difficult for me to browse, so I typically have them deliver books to my desk, while I browse the Local Library thoroughly on Saturdays. Library visits are a treat, regardless of the one I visit. The University Library has a cafe, but the Local Library is where my Mother works. Needless to say, I’m spoiled at both places.

This coming week involves one more visit to the Fair and plenty of things to do. I’m looking forward to the students returning to the University and picking up more reading time at home. The wheel of the year is turning, and Fall is fast approaching. By the time we meet next week, I can only hope I’ve managed to hold on to summer long enough to enjoy its final celebrations!

Until we meet again~

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