Whaddaya Mean, Summer’s Over?

This week’s question: Are there any summer projects you want/hope/need to finish up before the summer is over?

As a teacher, my year is shaped by the school schedule. In Michigan, school starts the day after Labor Day for kindergarten through high school, and the colleges start a week earlier. I spent twenty-eight years teaching elementary school (during which time my daughters went through the K-12 system) so summer vacation was when I rushed around trying to complete the things I didn’t have time to do during the school year. Looking back, I probably would have enjoyed summers more if I hadn’t felt pressured to do so much in so little time.

Now that I’m retired from full-time teaching and the children are on their own, there is less pressure to “get things done” during a three-month period. But since I still teach part-time, the school year is still busier than summer, and I had a list of things I wanted to finish before the fall semester begins.

Here’s my Summer 2015 to-do list from mid-May, when the last semester ended:

  1. Re-publish my Christmas book from 2012
  2. Write a Christmas sequel to the 2012 Christmas book
  3. Make a bunch of Christmas stuff for promo and gifts
  4. Remodel Daughter #2’s bedroom into a craft/sewing room (possibly writing room)

And here is how I fared on those goals:

  1. ThePartridgeandthePeartree 500x750The Partridge and the Peartree has been re-edited, historical errors have been addressed, and the book (with a shiny new cover) is due to release tomorrow!
  2. Two Tutor Doves, the sequel, is complete and has been submitted, thanks to an all-night editing session last Friday and the help of an amazing beta reader.
  3. I have a few Christmassy tote bags made, and I’ve brought a bunch more fabric upstairs, but I’m nowhere near ready for the holiday and since I just got done writing the Christmas books, I haven’t had a moment to think about making things to promote them.
  4. I’m about halfway there! The room has a new floor, and the walls have been painted. On Saturday, the new shelving units I ordered were delivered, and on Sunday my daughter and son-in-law came over to put them together. Now I need to arrange all my “stuff” in the cubbyholes. I may have to buy another unit.

I can’t wait to get all my scrapbooking, card-making, and sewing supplies out of the living room and into my new craft room!

Since the fall semester begins tomorrow, my “summer” ends today. Out of four goals, I have two and a half done. Next weekend I plan to finish putting things away in my new sewing room, so that only leaves goal #3. If I allot a few hours each week to sewing Christmas gifts I should be able to finish most of those projects, too. Of course, the bulk of sewing will probably be done the third week in December.

After all, I’ve always worked better under pressure.

Did you have a to-do list for the summer? If so, what kind of progress did you make?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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12 Responses to Whaddaya Mean, Summer’s Over?

  1. Diane Burton says:

    Patty, isn’t it amazing how much we can accomplish under deadline? You’ve gotten a lot done this summer. Congrats!


  2. Kristen says:

    Fantastic progress! I love the crafting room pics on Facebook. And am a little bit jealous. 🙂


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Kristen, I’ve wanted a room like this for years – and I actually have a set up in the basement, but I discovered I didn’t use it as much, since it was separate from the rest of the house. Thanks for stopping in!

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  3. Sherry Gloag says:

    You have done an amazing amount this summer Patty, well done. Oh —— A little Christmas Elf told me Christmas has been brought forward — to the end of September!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rofl!


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Oh my. You’ve got me wondering now. Thanks so much for all your help with the regency details! You saved me an awful lot of digging. And I appreciate the brainstorming sessions, too!


  4. jeff7salter says:

    wow, very ambitious summer plans — and look how much of them you accomplished!
    And such a variety — new writing, overhauled previous writing, craft-items, and re-purposing rooms. You could ve your own reality TV show.
    Re-released that novel? Was this one with C.R./Astraea?

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      A reality show would be horrifying! I can’t imagine having camera people and makeup artists underfoot all the time. Plus I tend to jump from project to project so it would be really hard to keep up with me!
      Yes, P&P was previously with CR.

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  5. You did REALLY well.Whose idea was this topic?! Friday will be a walk of shame…


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Tonette. I’m afraid it was my idea. In my defense, Jeff made me come up with “one more topic” back when I was setting them up at the BEGINNING of the summer. I guess I figured that it would be an incentive…

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  6. You got a lot done this summer.
    Also congratulations on the re-release of Partridge and the Peartree


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Angie! And thank you for reading it. I guess summertime will always be the time I feel like I need to get things done!


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