Lazy days beckoning

We don’t have a television at the cabin. The radio, which is tuned to CBC, seldom is on.
Yes, we do have the Internet. iPads and cellphones are logged in, but the search of news seldom is happening. Instead, in our quiet way, time often is spent reading hardcover and paperback books, as well as electronic ones on our gadgets.
This year, our weekends have been filled with serious construction work building walkways from the dock to the cabins. By the end of each day of work, I was feeling exhausted.
For more than a month, I’ve been struggling to finish the book “After America.” Larry Fontana thought I would enjoy the ideas put forward by its author, Mark Steyn.
It also was a great way to slip off into dreamland and if it had been a 900-page Tom Clancy book, it would have been completed in a weekend. Instead, it has taken me almost six weekends to complete.
Written in 2011, Steyn believes that America will fall into self-destruction, and its leadership will be powerless to do anything and chaos will follow. It was a depressing book.
In the meantime, both my sister and my wife have rushed through two novels a weekend. Reading in the warmth of the sunshine, with your bare skin glistening with sunscreen, is the great Canadian summer pastime.
To be able to do it on an island in a granite shield lake is heavenly.
A little breeze helps keep away those pesky mosquitoes and flies. When you get overheated from all the exertion of page turning, a refreshing jump in the lake cools you down.
Iced refreshments are welcomed, along with a bag of your favourite snack foods.
So come Monday morning, it was time to turn the computer back on at work and begin browsing the 300 international Canadian Press stories and see how the selection had been compressed on the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, and CBC.
Nothing appeared to have changed over the two-day weekend.
The major issue in Canada was the huge forest fires in British Columbia that necessitated a province-wide state of emergency designation. The offer of a $10.5-million settlement and apology to Omar Khadr continues to be hotly-debated.
Meanwhile, the Trump family continues to be the top story on the television news channels and all five papers that I looked at. But nothing really had changed since Friday. I hadn’t missed anything.
But my tablet now has new books by Michael Connelly, John Grisham, and Brad Thor. I expect all will be riveting and great summer reading.
With all the construction work now behind us, lazy summer days of morning fishing, followed by light reading between unexpected naps and an occasional jump in the lake will follow.
I am looking forward to the lazy days of summer.


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