Tuesday Things

I’m a little late to posting, but it’s spring. This time of year is not for the faint of heart. (In case you were wondering, these pictures ARE in chronological order and I did about cry when the day after it was over 70° it started snowing and proceeded to snow for 24 hours and yet another bad weather day was called.)

Reading: I’ve read a lot the last two weeks. Most of it drivel. I finished There There by Tommy Orange (★★★★☆). The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (★★☆☆☆). Calypso by David Sedaris (★★★★☆). Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (★★☆☆☆). I’ve picked up quite a bit of nonfiction from the library and Violet and I made a stop at the bookstore over last weekend so the TBR list is long.

Watching: I bet you can tell from my pile of books that I haven’t been watching much? We all watched the Sandlot the other day which is one of my favorite late 80’s-early 90’s feel good movies and I’m still watching and episode of Cheers every now and again. Of course, the final season of Game of Thrones premiered Sunday so my brother and I have a standing date until we see the final six episodes. I’m not ready for it to be done. I know it’s not for everyone, but the characters are just *so* well done.

Knitting: I managed to {finally} finish the first sock and get a pretty good start on the second sock of Jesse’s pair while watching The Sandlot. The downside is that my gauge is a bit wonky since changing the way I knit and so they actually don’t fit Jesse. The upside, they do fit me.

Making: This shrimp dish, eggroll in a bowl, beans and rice, and carnitas are on the dinner menu this week. I’ve done a little sewing (clothes just aren’t made well anymore so I had to repair a twice worn pair of jeans for Violet), and a little embroidery (Washington D.C. is coming along very slowly), and a lot of list creation.

So that’s me. What have you been up to lately?

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  • You have endless energy, don’t you? I can say that most of my past week has been fussing with WP trying to get my blog to work properly AND moving furniture around inside the house and outside. I feel like there needs to be a middle ground in my life wherein I’m not totally cerebral [blog probs] or totally manual labor [moving furniture]. Maybe a few episodes of Cheers are in order!

    • I *do* think some episodes of Cheers are in order for you!! Or a rest of some sort!! Sorry to hear you’ve been having WP/tech issues. Also, your comment about endless energy made me laugh. I really don’t; I’m in bed most nights by 9:30!!

  • Good morning, Kate!
    The order of the pictures did throw me for a moment! Spring—you just never know what it’ll bring!

    What a lot of reading! I’ve just started If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller, by Italo Calvino, a BD present from my 20-yr-old son’s English-major GF 🙂 .

    That’s too bad that Jesse’s sock is too small. I hope the new knitting technique is getting easier, though? (My son’s GF has recently taken up knitting, and she’s knitting continental-style, as per her mother’s teaching. I had to tell her I was envious—I can see how it’s a much faster technique than English-style!)

    I’ve been watching Big Dreams, Small Spaces (a British gardening show). I’m hoping it’ll get me in the mood for what I’ll shortly need to do in my own yard, but at the very least it’s allowing me to get out of my very troubled head every evening.

    • I love that title. I’m going to have to go look into that book!!

      I am getting much faster as I build up muscle memory. It’s so funny to me how hard it is to relearn something once you’ve learned it a certain way. I’m going to have to redo some gauge swatches though!! This is a yarn I’ve used before so I was sure I had the correct needle size and number of stitches to cast on, but change one variable and the whole thing changes. 🙂

      That sounds like a very lovely show! We’ve had warmer temperatures and a great deal of rain so most of the snow is gone now – just a few piles from where there were banks or where the sun doesn’t hit – and I need to get out a rake. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been troubled and I’m glad you’ve found something to give you some comfort!! ❤️

  • That photo of the snow almost made me cry for you! I have another online friend who lives in Minnesota, and her FB pics this week were kind of amazing to me. We’ve had a bit of the same phenomenon (though less dramatically) here. March was so lovely, but it’s been nothing much but gray rain in these parts for days and days (and days).

    I’ve been sort of listening to The Nightingale over the past few months. So many people raved about it, and I keep waiting to fall in love with it, but so far, not so much. Maybe I will abandon it. I started There, There but didn’t get very far–although lots of different kinds of people have raved about it to me. I might have been in the wrong place when I did and should try it again.

    I’ve never seen GoT, so I can’t join in that fun. Feeling a little culturally illiterate on that one. Haven’t been watching anything this week–though I did watch part of an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show last night, embedded in an article about the death of the actress who played Georgette. Nothing to make a person feel a little old than the parade of people who were big in your childhood passing on.

    And on that cheery note, happy Wednesday! Hope you have no more snow this week. It’s spring. The sun won’t be gone for long.

    • Oh, the gray and gray and gray and gray would be so hard for me. We’ve since had a couple of really warm days and then a rainstorm so most of the snow is gone and I can see that things are wanting to green up. I really love watching this transition. It seems so slow and as if it won’t ever really happen and then one day everything is just GREEN. I hope you’ll get some sunshine soon!

      As for the Nightingale, I like a book to make me feel something, but I don’t want to notice it TRYING to make me feel the thing. It tried so hard to be devastating that I just ended up feeling annoyed and frustrated with all the people who told me I would just sob my eyes out because it was SO good.

      As for There, There – I can see it being a DNF. I certainly wouldn’t push someone who has already picked it up and put it down to pick it back up again – there are too many other things out there to read.

      Hope you have sun soon!!!!