“Camping” in the Backyard

Photo by Goutham Krishna on Unsplash

We are spending some time “camping” at my parents this week. I am not sure how long we are staying for, maybe a few nights here then a few nights back home and just keep doing that for the rest of the summer. I want to maximize the rest of the summer and get as much time “camping” as possible. I say “camping” in brackets because honestly, we are in a clearing in their backyard. Not at a campground or even down at the beach as we were last year. It’s camping all the same and lots of fun.

Last year they had the popup camper set up down at the beach on the same property. This year they decided to have it a bit closer. It’s about a kilometre walk down a wooded path to the beach. It’s a little farther then my Dad can easily walk right now to go all the way down to the beach. Towards the end of last year, he was taking the lawn tractor down. After putting up the pool in the clearing about a third of the way down the path they figured there was lots of room so why not put a camper there. Then they decided to bring the second camper up from the beach and put it there as well.

So we are staying in the second camper, the pop up one for a few days. I am really enjoying it. We spend a lot of time with them and this just lets us spend time camping like we used to without actually having to go to a campground. It’s a good way to chill out and relax and get some pool time in. I am loving the pool. It’s so nice to be able to float around in the saltwater and relax. I have been in it a number of times already and we should be able to enjoy it possibly right into September, depending on the weather. It’s been super hot all summer so far.

We have had heatwave after heatwave all June and July. Hottest June on record and July is pretty hot too. I don’t usually do well in the heat but being outside in the pool, in the shade of the trees and sleeping at night outside in the tent has helped with this a lot. I am doing much better than I usually do. It’s also giving me a nice distraction from worrying about everything else.

It’s July!

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I can’t believe it’s July already! The 2nd to be exact. Not counting today, because today is almost over there are 3 days left until my 40th birthday. Can’t believe I am almost 40 either! This has been a year to remember, I won’t soon forget the last half of my 39th & the first half of my 40th years on earth, that’s for sure. It’s been one for the books.

Speaking of books. I finally got an email from the school admitting they did get my tuition and there was a delay in processing it. So I am good. That’s a huge relief. I got a lot done today in one course as well. Read a chapter and a half, did an assignment, quiz, and a project. I got 85% on the quiz. Not bad but I would have liked to have at least 90%. The assignment and project will not likely be marked for a few days. I think I did really well on the project and am sure I did well on the assignment as well.

I am a little behind in everything as I spent 3 days sick and a few days without access. I think I am overthinking things and even overdoing things actually. I have been doing all the practice problems and things for each chapter which they are not asking for. I just figured they would help me understand the topics, but honestly, they don’t. I find it much better to watch YouTube videos on the topics covered when I don’t understand something then going through the practice problems or re-reading the chapter. I think doing that is actually holding me back.

I am not the greatest when it comes to self-directed study, it’s a bit of a learning curve. I am not even sure half the time what they want but in seeing what others are saying on the forums for the classes it seems everyone feels the same that it’s not set out very good and that everyone is left misunderstanding or questioning what they are doing. I have started just emailing my academic advisor for the course, but it takes days sometimes for them to get back to you. Phone’s not an option due to Covid-19 which I don’t even get… you can use your home computer but not set up phone somehow like all the other academic institutions around here?

Whatever I guess… I am figuring it all out on my own and my grades are not bad so I must be doing something right.

Crafting

This past week was my last week before school officially starts. I am not sure if I’ve mentioned this or not but Edward and I made the decision that since my student loan is enough to cover most of our costs after the tuition is taken out and he is working pretty much full-time at the moment and we are ahead, that for a while at least I am not going to work at all. I am just going to concentrate 100% in the beginning and not work part-time or full-time at all.

I’ve been working on getting The Great Candian Housewife blog and also my mom and I are starting a crafting business, so between all of that I don’t have much spare time or time to take on a job on top of everything else and we want me to be concentrating and doing well in school. It still feels weird saying “school”, that I am in school and am almost 40 (a little over a month), but I am.

My mom and I have been mainly just crafting and starting on reading some of the course outlines and into materials and getting familiar with things. We’ve done a lot with the Cricut and mom’s done some other crafts as well. The image at the top is some of the things we’ve made. I have a domain name for it already and we have an Etsy site and now a Facebook page. We plan to sell both locally and within the province as well as ship anywhere.

I absolutely love doing the glass stuff like the mugs, candle holders, even candles, wine glasses, etc. I want to eventually make some of my own designs instead of just finding and downloading ones. We’ve bought some and found some that are free for commercial use. I also need to work a bit on my photography skills when it comes to taking pictures of the things that we are making. I have been working on a logo for the company but I’m not really happy with it yet.

Overall it’s been a great week. Lots of time spent with mom and dad and my brother while Eddie was at work and some when he wasn’t. Things are coming together nicely.