Weekend Redundancy

Weekend Redundancy

The weather seems to be in a holding pattern – hot, humid, with intermittent and at times heavy rain showers. There was not much time outdoors this weekend. This remains the forecast for the week, and though I am not thrilled to admit it – I am really ready for a change in the weather. Cooler would be nice, less humid even better! And, it would make it enjoyable to sit outdoors…just sayin’.

A quiet Friday night to usher in the weekend seemed like the perfect plan. It was indoors – the air-conditioned indoors!

There was Olympics monitoring, coupled with some knitting and some spinning (also indoors).

There was some reading – I am about halfway through To Kill A Mockingbird. And I started a new audiobook – The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen, and it is so GOOD!

We have also arrived at the Season of Tomatoes. All things tomatoes. All the time tomatoes. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomatoes.

PicMonkey Collage

It is also that time of the year when the garden beds and the lawn are both looking a little tired and worn out. However, these photos from a couple of weeks ago are going to tide me over in January, February, and March when there is no color and it is bitterly cold out. The best thing ever was this little bag of seeds we planted this year. They have provided an almost non-stop, 4′ tall, wall of color and I am so happy to report that we have seen hundreds of bees this year. There is nothing better than watching them move from flower to flower to flower. I have only seen one monarch this year, which is horribly sad – however, there have been a variety of other butterflies on the Butterfly Bush as well as some very large bees!

There you have the Cliff Notes of my weekend, Gentle Reader. How was your weekend?

My Bucket is 40% Full

My Bucket is 40% Full

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means…Carole wants an update my Summer Bucket List to see how I am doing…

Oh boy…

Here is the link to the original post

Now, how am I doing?

Undone:

Done:

However, I need to have a frank discussion with myself about the chance of success for completing the undone. I might be able to get one or two more things completed, but 100% is highly unlikely.

I mean, it is August 2nd and there are only thirty-three days until Labor Day…There is your depressing thought for the day.

You’re welcome.

Did you have a Summer Bucket List? If yes, how are you doing?

The Living is Easy

The Living is Easy

We have some much-needed rain in the forecast today – the skies are cloudy and it smells like rain.

It’s the perfect day to make a batch of Salsa Verde and a jar of Sweet Pickles.

And…by week’s end I think I will have enough little tomatoes to make a batch of Roasted Cherry Tomatoes.

The only other thing on my agenda today is a wee bit of letter writing!

What’s on your agenda today?

The Heat is On

The Heat is On

It’s Tuesday and that can only mean one thing…Carole wants to know something very important!!

This week she is asking: 10 Ways to Beat the Heat

This question could not come at a more appropriate time, because we are in the midst of some of the warmest weather we have had all year here in Pittsburgh.

So let me share a few things I have been doing, or will be doing before this heat spell snaps…

  1. Cooking and heat are not the best of friends, and sometimes even grilling when it is 90+ degrees out is too much for any sane person…However, if you were smart on Amazon Prime Day and were able to snag an InstaPot, then you are in luck. Cooking with this thing is Ah-mazing! We used it once this week already, and I have to tell you – I am IN LOVE!!!
  2. If you don’t have this gizmo, then perhaps you should queue up my go to summer meal – a Classic Salad Niçoise, made even better by the fact that very little actually needs to be cooked.
  3. When the weather gets hot… the tough go shopping in an air-conditioned facility.
  4. Or perhaps take in a movie, at an air-conditioned theater
  5. Water – as in submerging your body in it… so head off to a local pool, lake, river, etc.
  6. Museums are also a great place that are air-conditioned!
  7. Your local library – you can sit and read or knit. You can even listen and knit if you have ear buds!
  8. Take an afternoon siesta – there is something so perfect about a nap on a hot summer afternoon.
  9. Embrace the heat and go see a ball game…bonus points in that cold beer is readily available!
  10. And, if all that fails – then plunk yourself in front of a fan with a glass of iced tea and do not move until absolutely necessary!

How about you? How do you beat the heat??

Photo courtesy of Terry Freedman

My Summer Camp Dreams

My Summer Camp Dreams

It’s Tuesday and you know that means that Carole is wondering about something. This week she wants to know:

10 Things You Loved About Summer Camp

Well….

This poses a serious problem for me, because I never attended summer camp as a child.

I know. Talk about deprived!

However, it did get me thinking…If I could go to summer camp now, what would it look like?

  1. Knitting Camp, I mean really – how could this NOT be fun.
  2. CIA Boot Camp seems like the perfect way to spend a week!
  3. Or perhaps Wine Camp could be the thing!
  4. And after Wine Camp, the only thing to do is to go to Cheesemaking Camp, of course!
  5. Spy Camp? Really, this could be so.much.fun. Sans stilettos, of course.
  6. Perhaps something to rekindle my inner child at Soul Camp
  7. There are options galore at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
  8. Perhaps Language Immersion at one of the Concordia Language Villages?
  9. Knitting in Provence, Tuscany, or Norway – I mean really. Can I leave now?
  10. Yoga and Nora Gaughan Camp…in Maine.

There you have it, Gentle Reader – a plethora of choices for the camp yearning adult. Where would you go?

Photo courtesy of bluebirdsandteapots

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