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Election time and one of ‘those’ weeks

I was just whining to boss Mike about how tired I am of writing articles about the election. Seems like that is all that I have done for the past two weeks, leaving very little time for any fun at all.

Maybe if I could get better organized it wouldn’t be such a chore.

Don’t get me wrong, I find it interesting and actually like writing about politics – at least most of the time.

This sure has been a complicated election year so far, with all of the townships and most of the county offices up for grabs and two judges to pick in November as well as all of the State and U.S. choices right up to who to vote for in the White House for another four years.

Naturally when I have this much on my schedule, I tend to make mistakes, and even though I make a practice of reading through every single article, I still manage to goof up.

I did a couple of doozies in this last issue. Wrote too fast at Candidate’s Night and in deciphering my notes managed to misquote a candidate. Wrote a correction for that one.

Completely left out one candidate’s statement when I was writing the township article. Naturally her position was going to be decided in the Primary. Freeman Township Clerk Pat Humphrey couldn’t have been nicer about it and I see she got re-elected in spite of me.

Then somehow I managed to list that three Republicans and one Democrat were running for two trustee seats in Lincoln Township. It should have been three Democrats and one Republican were running for the two trustee seats… I did manage to designate their party correctly next to their names. I sure hope that didn’t confuse too many people…

I also managed to misspell one candidate’s name, although even with a magnifying glass I couldn’t tell whether the letter was an “l” or an “i” when I printed those sample ballots.

Well I am just glad that it is over for a couple of months. November is far enough away so that I may even get enthused about the upcoming election again.

Meantime I still have loads to do.

A couple of weeks ago I was talking about how making lists helps me stay organized. That got me thinking about it.

And since I just love to make lists, although I don’t always use them afterwards, I am once again making one for fun to last for the rest of the (hopefully a bit cooler) summer season. Before the snow flies once again, I would like to:

*spend some time at the camper without a single thing to do.

*ride the lawn mower. I can’t mow because of the allergies, but I can buzz around the yard anyway.

*walk in the morning. I haven’t been doing this and it is one of the things I love best about this time of year.

*sit in the shade and inhale the aroma of roses in bloom. Nothing smells quite as sweet this time of year.

*relax on the steps at the river’s edge and dangle my feet in the water.

*have my morning coffee on the deck and listen to the birds wake up.

*spend an afternoon on the porch watching the birds fight for their share of the seed and the hummingbirds fight over a drink at their feeder.

*lie on a blanket outside on a clear night and watch the stars until you can feel the earth turning beneath you.

*go berry picking and eat it all before you come home.

*watch the sun set over a lake with a storm coming.

*watch a thunderstorm from start to finish – from the relative safety of the porch of course.

*watch heat lightning dance across the night sky.

*take a canoe trip down the river on a warm sunny morning with a picnic lunch.

*take an afternoon nap in the hammock.

*roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire and sit around that fire talking with friends until the wee hours.

*cook at least three meals a week on the grill outside.

*go fishing.

The more I think about it the longer this particular list gets. I don’t have to worry about losing it either – I have it memorized.