July & August Recap

Kudos to everyone who has continued to blog regularly through the last two or three years. I haven’t had it in me. And I’ve been feeling a little more private in recent years. This isn’t a blog revival, but this space isn’t finished yet either. Right now we’re just kind of coasting.

But I thought I’d rehash the talking point of my summer. (Yep, summer is official over. September is the start of Fall here in these parts.)

Had a Garage Sale
If you’re new here, you might not know that I love garage sales. Also, as far as small town two-day sales go, I’m pretty good at them. This year I made over $500.

Another relatively big event of the summer was cleaning out and selling my grandparents’ house. When I was a kid they moved here from Chicago and bought a beautiful home overlooking the city. I have fond memories of exploring the woods and playing games with my brother on the living room floor. My grandparents moved into assisted living this year and my mom busted her butt to clean out their house. She and my uncle were finally able to check everything off their list and hand over the keys in June.

COVID. Again.
In July M brought home COVID. Sigh. For about two and a half weeks it cycled through her, me, and then K. Fortunately we all recovered quickly and didn’t have any long-COVID symptoms, but those headaches are K I L L E R. This was my second time with it and it was exactly the same as the first bout.

New Brows, Who Dis?
After over a YEAR of thinking about it, I finally pulled the trigger on getting my eyebrows done. I love them and I had a great overall experience. K has even adjusted to my “new” look.

In late spring we decided to plan a summer family vacation. Thanks to the Imagination Library program, M loves Dolly Parton, so we chose Dollywood/Pigeon Forge. About halfway through our vaca we realized it was the very first one for just the three of us (plus dogs). We had a really, really great time. I’m so glad we took the week to just GO and relax. K didn’t open his laptop once ❤

Hit reading goal
I read 20 books and met my reading goal for the year! I obviously plan to read more, but I’m excited to check this little arbitrary goal off my list.

Mix in playdates and camping trips and girls’ days… and there was my summer.

What did you do this summer? Have you been to Dollywood? Nadine gave me awesome suggestions for the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area!


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh no!!! I didnt know you had the VID twice!!! Its the same thing – every story is different… Ricky’s 2nd time was worse with it – my daughter’s THIRD time with it was hardly anything… I’m terrified what the 2nd time would be like for me – even if it was the same… that go around was bad enough! 😦

    I wish I could do a yard sale – living on an old empty country road – I dont think we’d getanyone – Goodwill has to be 90% full of our stuff.


    1. Audrey says:

      Yeah.. A nice summer spell of the VID. Sigh. M bounced back after 36 hours. K and I each took 2 or 3 days to navigate the worst of it. UGH. It was his first time and I still got hit the worst with it, lol. The headache is my least favorite part. SIGH.

      When I lived in my old house I’d use my grandparents’ garage 🙂 My parents live in the county and I was afraid my house wouldn’t get enough traffic.


  2. Ugh, I’m sorry you had Covid again! We’ve somehow managed to escape it entirely so far (unless we’ve had it without symptoms). Back in March two people from Jan’s choir had it and he was standing near one of them in rehearsal so he slept in the spare room for a week and took a test every morning but all of them came back negative and he never developed any symptoms so we assume he didn’t catch it.
    What did I do in the summer? I can’t even think. Lots of taking the baby to play on swings.


    1. Audrey says:

      Lucky lucky! This was K’s first time with it. He and I both have the double-dose vaccine and a booster. M has nothing right now. But we all got it and she faired the best- LOL. Fingers crossed you guys never have it! The headache with it makes my head want to explode. UGH.

      Sounds like baby had a GREAT summer!


  3. Kristen says:

    Your eyebrows look incredible!! WOW!
    Sorry to hear about you guys getting Covid again. We’ve still be able to dodge it, but I have no idea how.
    Happy to hear from you and glad you had a great summer!


    1. Audrey says:

      I’m so so happy with them. I’m so glad I did it!
      I’m so impressed by people who avoid COVID, lol. Especially since we’re all getting back out into the world again. This was K and M’s first time with it. I got it way back in Oct. 2020 the first time.

      Thanks, friend!!


  4. Amanda says:

    I for sure feel you on blogging. I wonder what it is that has me feeling more private too. Not just for the blog but for social media in general. Is it getting older? Our kids getting older? Or maybe just seeing how crazy people can get online that makes me feel like I don’t want to put a lot out there…
    Your eyebrows look great!
    Sorry about getting Covid again. Glad it cycled through you all relatively quickly. Although I’m sure when it was happening it didn’t feel quick.


    1. Audrey says:

      I don’t know. When everything hits the fan, whether it’s personally or publically, I find myself closing off from everyone. Likely to protect me and my loved ones. But it’s for sure made me more private overall.
      Thank you! I love them!
      The headache I’ve had both times with COVID is the worst symptom for me. But I’m grateful that the sickness seems to pass quickly.


  5. Lauren Becker says:

    Boo to getting Covid twice over the summer. *knock on wood* I’ve only had it once, but I really don’t want to get it again as I’m already dealing with other sickness problems, so I worry what my symptoms would be.

    Yay for having a lovely vacation and just getting away with you three!

    Lauren @ http://www.shootingstarsmag.net


    1. Audrey says:

      Ugh. I’d be happy to never have COVID again. Even without a test, I recognized the headache the moment it set in. I haaaaate when my head hurts.
      Thank you! It was a nice little getaway!


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