Lazy Summer Days? Not! by Jill James

This was supposed to be a lazy summer. No kids. No grandchild. Just lazy fun for Mr. and Mrs. James. A trip to Vegas. Some day trips to the Wine Country. Nope. Didn’t happen.

It started when we realized this was a milestone year. My husband would turn 50 in June. Our 25th anniversary was in June. He would retire after 29 years as a police officer in July. I would turn 50 in August. So the DH (dear husband) decided we needed to celebrate big. So we sent out postcards and invited 50 of our nearest and dearest to a luxury box at the Oakland Coliseum. Of course, it is now park but I refuse to call it that. LOL

ballgame 1So, we picked a game that was during the day, was against another of DH’s favorite teams (the Angels) and we set the date. July 28th. My brother even made it up from San Diego with his family for the game and to help celebrate.

It was an amazing day at the park. Not too hot. Not too cold. In a luxury box with tons of hot dogs, sliders, popcorn, peanuts, Caesar salad, and cookies. Yum!

ballgame 2Icing on the cake? The A’s won!shed for blog

Then we decided we needed a shed in the backyard for all the extra stuff with DIL (daughter-in-law) living with us. That has become a big project too. It is almost done. But it needed a cement pad first. Oh wait! First, the old swing set had to go. Then the pad. Then (finally!!!!) delivery of shed parts. (It is build it yourself) Then two days for DH and me to build floor and two days plus for DH and buddies to build the rest. It is still not done, but it is close. It is enormous in our yard. 10′ x 12′ and 8 feet tall.

So that has been my summer vacation so far. How about you? 🙂

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
Coming Soon! Love in the Time of Zombies. (what else I’ve been doing this summer)


About Jill James

Jill is a published author with The Wild Rose Press and self-published with The Lake Willowbee Series. She enjoys reading just as much as writing. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @jill_james
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18 Responses to Lazy Summer Days? Not! by Jill James

  1. Sounds like my celebration! With the summer you’re having, how are you still managing to release a book soon–Love in the Time of Zombies sounds like great fun!
    Thank you for sharing your joyous summer doings, Jill!


  2. Jill James says:

    Stephanie, thanks. I’ve been squeezing the book in between doings. A few hundred here and there.


  3. Kristy Tate says:

    Happy 50th! And happy retirement! Giant milestones. I turned 51 last January, so I’m ahead of you. I’ll let you know when I get to 52 if life slows down.


  4. Sounds like my summer a few years back: also with turning 50 and 25 year anniversary! Most summers are busy for me but in a different way than other seasons. I’m a teacher, so summer busy is not as stressful. 🙂


  5. Joan Leacott says:

    Not a lazy summer for by a long shot! But sounds like lots and lots of fun. What will you do for an encore in the fall?


  6. Carol says:

    Oh, do I know a little something about your summer! Sounds a bit like mine. Hope you can get back to writing soon. 🙂


  7. Sandy says:

    You’ve had one busy summer, Jill. I hope it slows down in the fall.


  8. E. Ayers says:

    I laughed as I read your post. Oh, those little projects. The last completely project in this house started with my saying, “Oh, honey, lift the toilet. It’s only a 79 cent wax ring.” It was the 4th of July and about 104 degrees outside in the shade. A couple thousand dollars later, I had a new bathroom and the problem wasn’t in the house, it was in the street and the city’s problem! But once we lifted the toilet, we had another problem. And then there was the time, DH wanted to build a brick barbeque. He got the plans from some DIY handyman’s magazine. Let’s just say, the concrete pad dimensions were inaccurate. OMG! We started laying brick and… LOL

    The best laid plans of mice and men…
    Happy Summer, Jill! And congrats on 25 wonderful years with a terrific guy who loves you dearly!


  9. leighmorgan1 says:

    Congratulations on the birthdays, anniversary and the retirement ~ what a summer! Summer here started 3/4 of the way through June…I blinked…and now it’s 3/4 of the way through August. Not sure how any of that happened :). I am planning on enjoying the rest of it though. Hope you get some “calm down time” too!


    • Jill James says:

      Hopefully it will calm down once the shed is done. Then we have to help the husband’s mom install blinds on her mobile home.


      • E. Ayers says:

        The joys of living in a big old house means any window treatment or washing requires a large step ladder. I think the top of my windows are about ten or eleven feet from the floor. My first floor is a little shorter than some of my neighbors. My ceilings are only about 14 feet – maybe the windows go to 12 feet. Anyway, it takes a big ladder. Just glad I don’t have the 22 foot ceilings. The house stays cooler in the summer but it’s a little rough in the winter.
        So anytime you want to come east and play with window treatments, you are more than welcome here. Otherwise what is hanging will stay hanging. The place really needs to be painted. Does hubby like painting? LOL


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