Remember the days when the first assignment in school was an essay titled “What I did on my summer vacation”? When that time came, I always struggled. My family didn’t take big trips, we had a pool in our yard, and even though we spent time at our grandparents’ homes, it wasn’t essay worthy material.
My husband had a very similar upbringing, though instead of visiting grandparents, his family had a summer home on Cape Cod. In short, we spent a lot of time during the summer doing a whole heap of creative nothing. As we raised our family, we continued the tradition of stay at home, leisurely summers. Which means, in short, I never had any huge adventures to write about. But now, after 40+ years, I have had a summer chock full of stuff to write about!
For those who follow the happenings at All Are Welcome pretty regularly, you’ll know that after 3 years of diligent fundraising, we have finally been able to install a full range hood with fire suppression system. While it hasn’t been a simple process, it certainly has been a learning experience. But with the last of the loose ends scheduled to be completed soon, with the new system, we’ll be able to feature a few more regular items on our menu.
While the safety equipment was being installed at the restaurant, there were some very needed home improvement projects going on in my “other life”. For anyone who’s ever taken on a renovation project of any kind (even just painting a room can be chaotic) you’ll understand the commotion going on at home – making me twice as glad we did take the whole month of August off to finish these things!
But the best part of my summer was a long awaited trip to Ireland! This was my first trip out of the country (well, I did go to Canada once when I was a kid) and our first real “go away” vacation in about 16 years!
I have always thought of myself as a very simple person, with very basic needs. I don’t want to go skydiving, I don’t need to hike the full length of the Appalachian trail, and I’m not sure my life would be all that incomplete even if I never go to Disney (though that new Millennium Falcon thing sounds pretty cool!). So, no, I don’t have a bucket list of wild and not so wild things I wish to accomplish – but after taking this trip, my advice to others is if you find something you really want to do or try, do it before the time slips away!
As I mentioned above, the new range system will allow us to add a few items to the menu on a more regular basis. So the last big project this summer has been to taste, test and explore new options for All Are Welcome that we hope will encourage more folks to try us, and by doing so, help us increase the number of folks we help each week and expand our mission.
Please join us on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 from 11A-2P for an end-of vacation/summer cookout! We’ll be setting up a real charcoal grill, cooking outside for the first time, and serving up some fresh salads, corn on the cob, watermelon, burgers, dogs and ice cream sandwiches for dessert!
Over the next few weeks as summer comes to an end and the school / fall routines get back in full swing, we hope more folks will follow our messages, share the word about our mission and join us in building our mission!
Stay tuned for the full September menu, our next blog posting “All Are Welcome: Fact or Myth” and more details on our changes in service!