I am here – posting cozy, happy pictures – because it’s Tuesday and that’s what I like to do. I am not blind to what is going on in the world, but my discussion of it here will be summed up in one sentence. White people need to listen to and learn from black people.
Watching: All of Mrs. American on Hulu. (This definitely had a point of view and was a bit heavy handed at times, but I also really enjoyed it.) Finished all of the second season of Dead to Me (I love it) and started watching Riverdale on Netflix. I’m in the second season and like it, but it gets dark and weird at times. Watched a first couple of episodes of Space Force on Netflix but am feeling decidedly eh about it.
Reading: Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl (★★★☆☆) – I wasn’t the right audience for this one but the writing was beautiful. Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer (★★★★☆) – I bought this for Violet and after she finished she told me I had to read it. I’m glad I did. Perfect 8th grader romance. The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (★★★★☆) – I actually read Unscripted in the middle of this because it was slow moving and very character driven, but as someone who grew up “in faith”, I appreciated it. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (★★☆☆☆) – plot holes and predictable but it was the dark mystery beach read I expected it to be.
Knitting: Still working on socks. Almost done with Violet’s pair.
Listening: to records!! I’ve been begging and pleading for a record player for years and Jesse and my sister got me one for my birthday. Lots of Carole King, John Denver, Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, John Prine. Abram likes his dad’s old Led Zeppelin. I can’t wait to get a table and get it all set up. (This also completes my hipster bingo – house plants in macrame hangers, library card catalog, grandma crafts, a grown-up mobile, vinyl).
Making: Visits to the garden. I love watching everything come up. We have tomatoes (those first little babies make my heart so happy), melon, peas, beans, radish, lettuce, broccoli, onions, sweet peppers, pumpkin, zucchini, and a second attempt at carrots (the first attempt was most likely lost to overzealous weeding). When the radish are done and things are a bit cooler we’ll put in spinach. Sourdough. Myrtle is a happy and bubbly starter but my first loaf was not a success. Underproofed, underbaked. I’m going to try again later this week when it’s a smidge cooler. Tie-dye t-shirts. I didn’t take pictures because I was too busy playing. I’ve never done it before but Violet and Abram have done it lots at camps and birthday parties. Having a craft where they were the ones helping me figure it out was fun.
I hope this finds you well and safe and healthy. I’d love to hear about what is going on in your world.