July 1, 2015, Prescott- As is always the case when I return from a wandering, there were lots of base camp tasks in front of me. Not the least of these was tracking down my pile of mail, so as to get two pay checks deposited and thus stave off NSF. I have had a good track record, since recovering from the Great Recession, and aim to keep it that way.
Finance has neither been my strong suit, nor has it been an Achilles heel. The best way, for me, to go about life is with cash and check. Work will be quite constant this coming academic year, and that’s a great thing.
My yard project was pretty much done for me, by the landlord himself, while I was away. He is a trouper: That work was done during the period that Prescott, and much of the continent, endured 100+ ,for nearly three weeks. I will keep at the process of building raised beds, so that next year, seeds may be planted. At least the onion bulbs will go in shortly, and we’ll see how they do.
July will be prime time for volunteering, I can sense, so I will show up at things like the Fourth of July Parade, and the Red Cross float, the Hope Fest kickoff event on July 18, and whatever things Slow Food and Yavapai County Angels have going. Then, too, there would be any disasters that happen, but we will let sleeping dogs lie, for now.
The travels? Yes, I have gotten to be the Poster Child for wanderlust. As another friend recently remarked, this seems to be a Sagittarrian thing. This Sagittarian will be more inclined to short, focused bursts, for the next five years at least. There may be a faith-based trip down to Chile, late in 2016, but my primary focus is on family and friends: My son, and a couple of good friends, in southern California; my paternal uncle, in Colorado; my soon-to-be hexagenarian brother, in Atlanta; and the bulk of my biological family, at Christmas-time, in New England. I want to do more day trips from here, that could draw in a good friend. Finally, there are my long-neglected Native American friends in northeast Arizona, and at least one weekend in early August will see me up there.
This day finds me in a very relaxed frame of mind, ready for whatever life sends. It’s just too hot and languid to be otherwise.