While our spring was cooler than normal, the solstice ignited summer like a match to an open burner. My dashboard thermometer read 100°F on Wednesday afternoon and it wasn't much cooler at night. Although grateful for my air conditioning, I've found myself desperate to get out of the house and move, so I've taken a couple of brief slow walks in the neighborhood - late in the evening and early in the morning.
Most of the neighborhood flora is doing quite well in the heat, reveling in long day's sunshine and humid air. In fact, some vegetation seems to have taken over completely.
Meanwhile, I've had some work to do, but mainly have spent time reading to brush up on my professional skills, exploring some marketing options, and thinking about the shape of this return to freelancing. All of which feels like spinning my wheels because I always feel like I've not done anything unless I have something to show. Research and just thinking about things always feels like evaporated time to me, however necessary it is to writing and creating something with form and structure. And freelance life in general, I'm beginning to remember, has a lot of formlessness to it unless you make your own structures. It also requires getting out and seeing people, because working alone from home does lose that everyday contact with coworkers, even when they're mostly silently working away beside you all day. Anyway, I'm still transitioning, but overall happily.