And now, the end is near…

… and the summer will really start winding down here. We’ve been having a few nice, sunny and not too hot days here this past week. My favourite weather, really, which is 20-25 degrees Celsius (in the 70s Fahrenheit) with sunshine. On Sunday mini-me and I picked up my brother (who has just returned from a stint in Malta) and my mother and we headed to the beach. My mother isn’t that great of a walker anymore, so my brother and I took turns sitting with her in a cafe and walking with mini-me on the beach. It was lovely out there. Quite a lot of people there, but luckily it was easy to socially distance…

In the meantime, Mr. Esther went for a bike ride and Mr. Esther junior played handball outdoors in an away game and badly injured the middle finger of his left hand. The top of his finger is just hanging there loosely, looking very odd. I took him to the hospital yesterday for x-rays.

Luckily he has very little pain and it turns out that nothing was broken but he does have a torn tendon. Tomorrow his finger will be put into a splint for 6-8 weeks so that it can heal properly and doesn’t have to be taped to his ring finger anymore.

This afternoon, after some work meetings online, I took a few hours to work outside. Our old cat is curled up right near me, which is always lovely…

… and I am fully aware that this may be the last time this year that working outside like this will be possible. Chillier weather is predicted from tomorrow, so I guess that is when autumn will really start for us.

Corona cases are on the rise here in The Netherlands. Measures were tightened slightly last week but I suspect stricter restrictions may be coming. Add that to the weather getting cooler and we may be stuck inside for the foreseeable future more than ever these coming weeks/months. Mr. Esther and I will really have to make more of an effort to actually stick our noses outside our front door every day (mini-me and Mr Esther junior have school/internships and their sports activities to drag them out of the house… for now, in any case). Such strange times we live in and I’m not only talking disease; I almost fear reading the news, especially US news, every day. I so hope for some light at the end of the tunnel soon…

18 thoughts on “And now, the end is near…

    1. Danke! Luckily it doesn’t hurt unless there’s pressure on it and it’s his left hand, not his right. He still wants to continue playing handball, though, so we’ll see if that is at all possible.


  1. I’m in a similar mood right now… We went for an extended bike ride after our home office day at work earlier tonight enjoying the sun and the late summer vibes which won’t last here either. Plus those increasing covid numbers looming everywhere, especially with the outdoor season coming to an end. Strange and surreal indeed!
    I hope your son’s fingers will heal as quick as possible without pain!
    It will be essential to encourage ourselves and each other during the next months to stay healthy, safe and strong and go out for walks amidst the autumn weather. I hope it’ll work out somehow…

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    1. I hope so too on my son’s finger, thank you.
      It really will be essential to try and get out and move enough! It’s great that you’re getting out and about as well.


  2. Servetus

    Poor kid!

    I’m on the lookout for places I can sit and work outside, too, that are not home. My employer sold the abandoned office building they were letting me squat in during the days, and the drive to campus is long, and it’s not really attractive to breathe air with university students these days. Eventually I may be forced to go that route, but I’m trying to stick with masking myself in outdoor situations for now. We probably have a month of decent weather left (where it’s not too ridiculous to sit outside during the day), knock on wood. I hope you don’t give up hope on the outside world!

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    1. Kid is being very grown up about his finger situation.

      It is very tempting sometimes to burrow away in my own home and shut out the outside world, but yeah, not that healthy. I hope you find a good outside spot for you to work at (and give you a little respite from caring for your dad). For us, working at home is fine, it’s what we do after work that we need to consider more.


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  3. Esther good that you all got to the beach!! Looks divine and your toes looked comfy in the sand! 🤗🌺😀
    Hope your son is ok
    I’m sure your mom liked being outdoors with you and her granddaughter
    Cherish these times with her 😃
    I second Rachel beautiful pics

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    1. Thanks and yes, my son will be fine. 🙂
      I really do cherish these times with my mother. Lost my dad 5.5 years ago and I know how awful that felt and feels. Physically she has gotten weaker but mentally she’s fine and still easy to talk to, which is really such a blessing.
      Let me end this comment by again sending supportive thoughts your way in your current difficult situation, Michele.

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