I'd like to say I am, but in reality I feel like I have very little time left to me to accomplish as much as I want to before I have surgery on my right hand.
November 15th looms ever closer with each passing day and I can feel that little niggle of panic in the pit of my stomach as each day closes and another one creeps up.
I'm not making excuses folks.
The 'summer' for us Albertans was probably the worst on record. It was miserable and cold and any days that showed sunshine barely made it over 20C.
However!! This weekend we do have a forecast of 27C in our area. We just might get one day of summer now that it is officially over. I won't hold my breath - blue is not my colour.
As for my long absence......
I spent the summer mostly at my brother's, herding folks around as they prepared for the adventure of their life and then sharing laughs and smiles with them upon their return to our rafting center.
This year was much different for me than all the others. My health kept me from participating in most things and I loosened 'my' reins and let others take over my jobs for me. I basically looked after the building and tourists that came in once everyone was out on the river. I enjoyed myself - selling my jewelry and my brother's pottery is always so much fun. Then there's just hanging around with my brother on days when he came back early with the lunch dishes and we swapped tales with sudsy hands and munching on leftovers.
I still love it. I still love making people smile and hearing them scream with fear and delight. At the end of the day, knowing you've given that to a large group of people makes it all worthwhile.
Surprisingly, with the 'summer' we had, we were busier than other years. I put it down to people wanting to go and have fun no matter what the weather. They are more determined to have something to show for their summer than the regular whine us Albertans give.
Now home for a couple of weeks and trying desperately to get in as much myself before I lose the use of my hands, I can certainly relate.
Ahhhhh - Alberta summers!