Just Another Manic Monday?

Just Another Manic Monday?

Except, I am not at all wishing it was Sunday again! Yes, it’s that time of the year when it seems the weekend is almost all work! Take this weekend for example:

After picking 5 lbs. of cherry tomatoes over 2 days, I knew Tomato Jam time had arrived. And, yes, that meant a good chunk of Sunday was spent in the kitchen cooking… but I do have some jam to show for it!

I also made another plum crostata – this time with more tart plums. It was delicious, but we thought the earlier plums were better. But, alas… they are done for the year.

Sunday afternoon we had these crazy pop-up storms complete with several large cracks of thunder that sounded ominously close! And, close it was! Our neighbor’s tree was struck by lightning and we had a bit of a fire show until the fire department arrived to take control of the situation. Nothing says neighborhood bonding like something on fire, amirite? Yes, we all stood in the rain watching the firemen do what they do best – spray water on things. I wonder if they do gardens?

There was lots of laundry because why not right?

We watched Ready Player One, which caused me to change my review of the book. All in all, even though the effects were incredible, I was very disappointed in the movie. Special effects do not trump reading…ever. Pro-tip: read the book and skip the movie!

I also finished the mystery shawl! OH.MY.GOSH!! It still needs a good soak and the tiniest bit of blocking but stay tuned for the big reveal later this week!

I have a bad case of “I want to cast on all the things” but I am trying hard to ignore it. I pulled out this and knit sleeve two while watching Ready Player One and I made good progress (read, I have said sleeve done!) It is going to stay out until I have it finished. This should tell you that I am losing steam with my Vodka Lemonade, but I only have about 14 rows to the sleeve divide when I know things go faster. My focus word for the week is persevere! Ha!

And, with that… let’s get this Monday started! How was your weekend?

Racing Summer

Racing Summer

Today is the last Monday of July. Yes, that’s right…the very last one.

A very big part of me is wondering how July flew by so very quickly and the sadness that there is more summer behind me than there is before me is encroaching on my soul.

Perhaps it is because I just finished reading The Long Winter for the umpteenth time that I am feeling today very much as Pa did at the opening of the book – I need to “make hay while the sun shines.” I feel like there is so much to get done and the time to complete it is quickly waning.

So, today there is no rest for me as my list is long and I have so much to get done before the day is over.

I hope your weekend was full of summery goodness. Happy last Monday of July, everyone!

Tiny Moments Tuesday | 7.24.18

Tiny Moments Tuesday | 7.24.18

The determination to get caught up is strong and I am so close!

Close on a cover all for Book Bingo and close to being caught up with KK’s MKAL clues! AND… as you can see, I am still not close to the end of skein number one!

Happy Tuesday all!

Tiny moments | 7.10.18

Tiny moments | 7.10.18

The harvest of the first cherry tomatoes truly ushers in summer.

And, it looks like summer is going to go on for a good long time, if I measure it by the bumper crop of tomatoes waiting to be ripened by the sun.

Even the little bees are excited!

But, as for me… enough dreaming about tomatoes! It is another day of knitting for me, and I better get to it!

Have a great Tuesday!

Sometimes Monday… | 7.9.18

Sometimes Monday… | 7.9.18

…looks ambitious!

The weekend reprieve from the crazy heat was most welcome, and while the heat is returning later today, this morning is cool and lovely outside. Perfect to sit outside under the pergola and knit and that is just what I am going to do! That’s right…my Day Two of the Beekeeper KAL is today!

My goal is to get past the sleeve divide and a good bit of the body done… ambitious, I know!

How does your Monday look?

Tuesday Things | 7.3.18

Tuesday Things | 7.3.18

The heat is almost unbearable, which means early morning watering and weeding (and walking!) How is it that despite the heat, the weeds flourish?

My thoughts have turned to Michigan this week, we booked our vacation and I really can’t wait to go. And, it’s days (weeks?) like this when I long to be back in Michigan and even Derek Walcott’s To Norline reminds me of this picture from a misty morning at Oval Beach.

This beach will remain empty
for more slate-colored dawns
of lines the surf continually
erases with its sponge,
and someone else will come
from the still-sleeping house,
a coffee mug warming his palm
as my body once cupped yours,

to memorize this passage
of a salt-sipping tern,
like when some line on a page
is loved, and it’s hard to turn.

I love those misty, “slate-colored” dawns and the sound of the water and the birds and the winds. Good things to think of on a quiet, but hot Tuesday morning.

Happy Tuesday everyone! Stay cool!

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