It's hard to believe but summer is starting to wind down. School starts soon, the garden is showing signs of exhaustion, and we have seen several nice cooler days. Isn't it great to have different seasons of the year?

It's hard to believe but summer is starting to wind down. School starts soon, the garden is showing signs of exhaustion, and we have seen several nice cooler days. Isn't it great to have different seasons of the year?
There seems to be a little change every day; sometimes not noticeable but other time dramatic.
If you have a garden or birdwatch or just sit on the back porch for a while each day, you can easily see these small changes. They are interesting to watch.
Most summer vacations have been taken I suppose. Retired people do tend to take vacations at times other than summer. The roads are less crowded, attractions have fewer people, and the weather is usually nicer.
One of the "Minnesota cousins" was recently in the area and we joined her and other kin for lunch in Nixa one day. She and her husband were enjoying a time-share apartment in Branson and had been joined by some of their children.
One of the "California cousins" is coming to Neosho in early September. She is coming to Branson with two couples but flying in early to spend two days with us. After she has spent time here, she will return to pick up her friends at the airport in Springfield, and then all will go on to Branson.
We are so happy to have her come since she has never been to Missouri. She lives in the desert so is eager to see all our trees.
I got an e-mail from Chelsey Henry while she was "on vacation" in Brazil playing basketball. She was having a great time. She sent an e-mail while en-route to see the Christ the Redeemer statue, easily one the most famous statues in the world.  
Since I know little about the statue, her e-mail promoted me to read up on it. Before, about all I knew about it was that it stood on a mountain overlooking the great city of Rio de Janeiro.
It is a really nice statue, built in the art deco style, during the Great Depression. It stands 98 feet tall and has a pedestal that is 26 feet tall. Made of soapstone and reinforced concrete, the statue depicts Christ standing with outstretched arms that span 92 feet.
Christ the Redeemer is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and I'm glad Chelsey had a chance to see it. What a vacation she had this summer.
It seems that all I have done this summer was go to a doctor. Hopefully, that will come to an end soon and I can return to normal and maybe have a short vacation. At least, one can always hope.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.