I think my love of gardening last year was a pandemic novelty. While 3/4 of my tomatoes and 3/5 of my peppers are doing well and my radishes were deliciously peppery, the frustration has far outweighed the joy this year. Almost all my herbs have bolted because of the heat. Beans, carrots, and broccoli were replanted but whatever was eating them continued to – raised beds and fence be damned. A deer found my strawberry basket. Violet’s pumpkin is under attack by vine borer moths (despite being advertised as resistant) and while I’ve been busy squashing moths, removing eggs, and applying diatomaceous earth, I’m not optimistic. I’m unapologetically reserving the right to return it to landscaping next year.
In a blink it will be July. My counters are a disaster. My office is worse. The piles of books, shoes, laundry and summer detritus grow exponentially but are ignored because summer is fleeting. Speaking of fleeting, I find myself with moments of quiet in a way that I haven’t in 14 years. I have a lot of feelings about that, but very few words.
Watching: I had some friends over to watch In The Heights (HBO). I love LMM. I think the stage show would be amazing to see. I think the movie be better in the theater. I binged all three seasons of Selling Sunset (Netflix) and the episodes released from this season of RHOBH while finishing a pair of socks.
Knitting: I finished the socks for Jesse’s friend and started a pair in the Fern pattern only to realize I need more concentration than I have during the summer months. Set them aside and started a standard pair but with a 1-1 twisted rib cuff which might be my new favorite.
Reading: Finished Pretty Things by Janelle Brown and am looking for davenport read recommendations. Still listening to Obama’s book with a little over 17 hours to go. The slowness with which I’m getting through should not be mistaken as a review. I just think podcasts/audio books aren’t sticky for me.
And that’s me. How are things in your corner of the world? What are your -ings?