Tuesday Things

I’m sharing two weeks of pictures because I wrote a Tuesday Things post last week and then deleted it but I still like the pictures.

I feel everything these days. Fear, joy, sadness, frustration, contentment, hope, seething rage. Yesterday, Violet said that we’ve had some really good memories that we wouldn’t have had otherwise and my heart filled to bursting.

I decided I wanted to grow a garden – in the same place we took out the garden and added landscaping two years ago. Jesse may have rolled his eyes but he obliged. He and Abram made the beautiful raised beds for Mother’s Day and last Saturday (the day before we were to get a great big rain and warm up) we planted seeds and plants and crossed our fingers.

Reading: I read a compilation of essays called Pretty Bitches edited by Lizzie Skurnick. Some were amazing. I enjoyed some a lot less. I also read The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. It took me a bit to get into it but I stayed up until 1AM to finish it. I have a huge stack that I ordered from our local bookstore of which Save the Plums is at the top of the list.

Watching: We had a gray and rainy Sunday which lent for a television binge. I got all caught up on Mrs. America. As shows go, it definitely has a point of view, but I’m finding it compelling. A friend gifted me a Disney+ subscription as an early birthday present so the kids and I watched National Treasure and have been binging episodes of Phineas and Ferb.

Knitting: I finished my Zauberball socks and while I said my next pair would be this Fern pattern by Knitterella, Violet picked out yarn for some Hermione’s Everyday socks and asked to be bumped up the list. Also yarn for this Veronika cardigan has been stashed for months so I’m hoping to get that wound and caston this month.

So that’s us. What’s new with you? Anything you’re -ing that you want to share?

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  • Hi Kate,
    Beautiful photos, as always! Your planter boxes are lovely (I can relate to having a husband who eye-rolls gardening indecision—and I think it’s sweet that Jesse and Abram made the boxes together). In my experience, it’s both mentally and physically easier to garden in a raised bed than it is on a plot of dirt.

    I, too, am feeling all the things, although I have to admit the positive moments are few and far between, especially these last few days. We’ve been under grey skies and rain the last while, and I’ve felt on the verge of tears for days now.

    Reading: Just finished The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Loved it. Started Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
    Knitting: Socks for either my daughter or me. (She may have reached Peak Sock, so these are likely mine.)
    Watching: Star Trek TNG and the Clone Wars (when watching with my 15-year-old son) and After Life and Atypical (when watching alone).
    Making: More face masks. If my older son’s co-op goes ahead in July, he’ll be on public transit in Toronto twice daily, so I want to make sure he has a week’s supply of masks so he’s not having to do laundry every day.

    I hope you have a good week, Kate 🙂

    • Hello Marian!!

      So good to hear from you! I really enjoyed Atypical. What do you think of it?

      Your reading list always impresses me as does your sewing…I should make more face masks. As things open up I want to make sure that we always have clean ones available for when we are out and about. Sewing is my least favorite thing of all the housewife-y/craft things I do. Do you have a least favorite?

      Lastly, the gray skies really can just make a difficult time terrible. We’ve had sun the last couple of days which has helped so I hope you’ve had some peak out where you are and that it helps. I’m sorry. If it gives you any comfort, you aren’t alone. I cry at least once every day even with the sunshine. I’ve begun scheduling my daily cry during walks. It’s a bit ridiculous to be honest, but I feel better getting the tears out and getting the movement in and that way my kids don’t have to see me crying every single day.

      Sending hugs and hopes for health. It was so good hearing from you!

      • It does help knowing I’m not alone with the crying. (I think many of us are feeling the same at this stage.) I nearly always walk wearing sunglasses, and have often been grateful for them because they do hide crying fairly well! (As does the required physical distancing 😉 .) Today is sunny, thank goodness, and my mood has shifted a bit, which is a relief.

        I’m only a few episodes into Atypical. I wasn’t sure about it at first, for reasons that are more to do with me than with the show itself, but it’s definitely growing on me.

        Sadly, I think my least favourite housewifey thing is cooking. The day-in and day-out nature of it wears on me, tbh, and because I’m not really a foodie (I mostly don’t care what I eat as long as it’s healthy food), I can’t quite get on board with the creativity that other people find in cooking. To me, cooking is a job. (Sewing is also a job, but for some reason I’m able to see the creativity and craftsmanship in it. Maybe because sewn objects aren’t as ephemeral as a meal?)

        Sending you a hug as well, Kate.

        • I can see how cooking could be a least favorite. There’s so much work involved from start to finish…and it’s CONSTANT.

          I hope Atypical continues to grow on you!! I struggled with a few of the episodes for my own reasons too, but over all found it to be very sweet.

          Glad you’re getting some sunshine!!

  • I like your photos. I especially like your kitchen island, both because you’re making food and because it is pretty. No deer where you are? Ours would munch anything you planted in your boxes. Kind of jealous about that.

    You like Disney+? I hesitate to add another service to our lives, but I’ll admit that it looks interesting. Although I’ll admit that after I read everyone’s blog posts and write one or two of my own each week, I’m not interested in looking at screens.

    • Oh, we very much have “city deer”!! We’ve put in gravel walkways AND a fence since I’ve taken that picture. Our goal for next year is to have a nice wood post with a hinged door fence, but for now metal poles and wire mesh will do.

      The kitchen island is the hub of our home and I’m grateful for how it’s turned out.

      We have REALLY liked Disney+. It’s nice to have lots of kid friendly television available now that they are home ALL the TIME. I try to keep them off screens at least part of the day, but it also allows me to watch and knit while they are around!!