Farmer mowing.

Farmer mowing.

Living and working in the Washington, DC, area for 23 years puts one in a relax and reboot mode in Augusts.

August is when Congress shuts down for a month, many federal workers go on vacation and traffic in the city and area is actually manageable.

Since leaving the National Capital Region in 2004, it has been hard to readjust to life in an area where August is a busy month, where school starts in the middle of the month and where farm activity is at its height.

The month started with the Galax Fiddler’s Convention and ends next weekend with end of summer events, including the Rebel Not Hate Ride that will start near Check and end in Carroll County at Kanawha Valley Arena.

Home football and volleyball games begin at Floyd County High School next week and, suddenly, it will be September and the annual Hillsville Gun Show and Flea Market.

Summer officially ends in about a month.  The August “recess,” if one ever actually existed, ends in less than two weeks.

Life goes on.