I just returned from a visit to my family and as usually happens when I return from the Carolina heat — which is really just getting started — the North Shore looks to be cooling off in the next couple weeks.
When that happens my mind starts turning to what I want to do or accomplish in the last few weeks of summer.
At the top of my list is a trip to the state fair. My wife and I really have this down to a science. We have to get some cheese curds — the idea of deep-fried cheese curds blew my mind when I first learned those were a thing — and a pronto pup. There are also bleu cheese corn fritters and blueberry basil lemonade from the Blue Barn. I haven’t even looked at the new foods yet, but I’m sure there will be more than a couple deep-fried foods on a stick.
My wife and I park at one end of the fair, eat our way to the other side of the fair, and just when I feel like there’s no way I can ever walk all the way back to my car, we see the sky glider to carry us back home.
I’ve also started playing golf over the past year. I’m still 100% terrible, but I also have a goal of breaking 100 before we shut it down for the winter. I’m figuring if I can play at least 200 holes — just over 11 full rounds — over the next couple months, I can break 100. Maybe I won’t even have to cheat to do it.
I also need to get a few things done around the house before fall begins. We need to install a new gutter on one side of my house, get rid of all the buckthorn in our yard and organize my garage. My wife and I also want to build a library in the sunroom in our house. I want to turn it into a fun winter reading spot with a comfy chair and a coffeemaker for those cozy winter mornings that are coming a lot quicker than I want to admit.
Speaking of reading spots, I also want to find a fun spot to go outside and read. I’m hoping to find a secluded spot on Lake Superior or on a creek or river close by. I have this vision of my dog playing in the water while I’m reading a book, sunglasses on, shoes off and music playing in my headphones.
This is unlikely to happen because the Gonz — my trusty mutt — will distract me. I’ll see him splashing around and I’ll want to get involved. I won’t want to get my book (or headphones) wet and that’ll be that.
Even if it’s just in the swing on my porch or on my back deck, I want to get a few more books in before the winter sets in. I’m not sure what the difference between the two is, but winter reading feels like a slightly more intense activity.
I know I’ll get a few of these in, but if I don’t, there’s always next summer. Enjoy the rest of the summer and if you feel like it, let me know what you have on the docket for the next month or two.
Jamey Malcomb is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle and Pine Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-879-1950 .