• Kaylie Abela

This year's must-do's...

With Memorial Day Weekend and the first day of June under our belts, it’s time to buckle down and get serious about what must get done this summer. Every year, I feel as though summer slowly slips away from me and before I know it, it’s Labor Day and getting dark on my evening ride home. That’s why this summer I’ve decided to make a bucket list of all the things I want to get complete before the end of summer.

1. Take a Picture Everyday

There was a time when you could not find me without my big polaroid camera snapping pictures of any inspiration I laid my eyes on or experiences I wanted to put in my pocket for later. As life sped up and we went from polaroids to iPhone cameras, I’ve stopped taking as many pictures of my girls as they move through these next phases of life. It also doesn’t help that my daughters’ responses to a picture request is typically “stop mom not right now!” or “oh my god no you are WAY too close.” Not only has the picture taking stopped, but the printing of the pictures has also stopped. Gone are the days when I would drop off a box of film rolls to CVS and later make massive photo albums. I know what some of you are probably thinking...you can still print digital pictures pretty darn easily. But what people don’t understand is that I just cannot get myself to take the time to sit down and click and print every shot, as I find the exercise so painfully slow. This summer I am committing myself to documenting everything...and I am promising myself that there will be a Summer 2015 photo album sitting on my coffee table come September. Shoe fly here I come!

2. Successfully Completing a 3 Day Juice Cleanse

A few weeks ago my daughter announced that she was buying a juicer and starting a juice cleanse. My first thought was the whopping $150 price tag on the thing. Once I got over that, I realized this might not be such a bad thing. Now I’m building up the willpower to try it on my own, but the thought of drinking kale is disgusting!

3. Sunset beach barbeque in Nantucket

It feels like just yesterday we were loading up the mini van with supplies to drive to Jetties beach on Nantucket to watch the sunset while grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. The girls would run around in oversized Nantucket sweatshirts while Ken and I would kick back with a glass of wine. We would even have this competition with my brother Scott, when he joined us, of who would design and make the coolest picnic barbecue. Though it’s been nearly 15 years since and my girls are entering their sophomore and senior years of college, I am making it a goal to get the competition going again, this time with their participation, and I am in it to WIN IT! (Outdoor accessories are fair game to include!)

4. Plant a Garden

Last summer after selling a chunk of our backyard, we had to completely redesign the layout of the yard. I took the loss very hard, and fell into a deep depression as I watched bulldozers rip my rose garden out of the ground, wack the swing set into piles of wood and observe the what was left of my antique garden angel’s wing. I was hysterical that February morning. It was a huge part of my life and my family’s history in our house where so many memories were made, gone over night the first day that bulldozer arrived. I loved that garden with my whole heart. This summer, I’m grabbing the bull by the horns and taking charge of my back yard again...the garden is coming back. It will be a new garden, but its time to get going! While some women’s zen time is yoga or running, mine is gardening and flowers. I painfully still miss looking out the back window and seeing that amazing color pop used to wrap around the entire yard. So I am going to take it a plot of land at a time...maybe start with a tiny rose garden, get some climbing hydrangeas going up the brick wall, and somehow, find a way to make peace with the God awful fence that now separates my past from my present. This will be hard work. I hate that fence...but the good news is, I absolutely adore our new wonderful neighbors. There is a silver lining!!!

5. Stitch and Bitch

Recently, my mother-in-law moved out of our house after living with us for 10 months into an assisted living home. Even though the building is about a mile from our house, we can’t be there all the time so we are brainstorming ways she can keep busy on her own. It’s been tough brainstorming, considering she doesn’t like any form of games...but I did come up with one good idea. I’ve decided that the place needs a Stitch and Bitch club--a knitting group also meant for socializing. If I teach her how to knit or get her to go back to embroidery, she can use this group as a place to connect with the people living around her. It’s the perfect solution. However, we have one problem: I only know two stitches...but we will cross that bridge when we get to it! (knit one, pearl two!)

6. Rodan + Fields

Stay tuned for the blog post coming in September of all the things that didn’t get done---Kidding...maybe! We can call it..How to be honest and accept your failures this Fall!




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