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Editor's Note: Halfway through summer

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:28 a.m. CDT

Looking over Facebook this morning, I was struck by this unpleasant statement disguised in a chirpy post:

“Summer is half over!”

What? Already?

But sure enough, June is behind us and the smoke has cleared from the Fourth of July fireworks. Also telling: retailers have begun marking down the picnic and barbecue items and moving them to the front of the aisles, clearing space that, no doubt, will soon be stocked with back-to-school supplies.

“Do I have school tomorrow?” my son asked me warily on Sunday night.

No, buddy. It’s still summer vacation. But it won’t be for long. I realized I need to get a move on my summer plans. There are water parks to visit, family outings to take before the school year puts a crimp on our schedule. We just took our first family trip to the public pool last weekend.

So if you, like me, have been rolling along on the lazy wave of summer, let this be your warning that time is growing short. Take advantage of these long, hot, happy days while you can.

• • • • •

I narrowly escaped becoming a dog owner again this weekend.

Now, dog lovers, before you begin writing your angry emails, know that I am one of you. I love dogs. I had at least one most of my childhood years, and am still not entirely over the death of my last canine companion three years ago. I would love to have another dog and have been planning for the right time.

Unfortunately, the right time is not now. With two young children and two working parents, our schedule is a whirlwind that would not allow us to give a dog the kind of attention it deserves.

Still, the shy little rescue dog that stared sadly into my eyes last weekend did its best to play on my heartstrings and make me forget all those practical things.

Fortunately for him, I held firm. As someone who has owned both dogs and cats, I am well-versed in the time and effort it takes to be a good pet parent. If you can’t spare the time to train, exercise, socialize and otherwise care for a dog, now is not the time to adopt one. 

If you are considering adding a pet to your family, please think first of a shelter. We have two of them in our coverage area, TAILS in DeKalb and the DeKalb County Animal Welfare Shelter in rural Genoa.

• • • • •

Sometimes a hobby can become an occupation. And when your hobby is your greatest passion, well, what can be better?

That’s what happened to Debi Frankovich of Sycamore, who turned a 40-year hobby into a job as a crochet instructor. 

An exhibit of Frankovich’s work is on display at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center through July 26. You can learn more about the display here, and read Frankovich’s story in her own words in this week’s On the Record.

Enjoy your MidWeek.

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