Tuesday Things

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.

42.

I have no idea what the next year is going to hold, but I work better from a list. Some of these things may not be possible, but they’re written down just in case.

  1. Stay cigarette free.
  2. Write a short story.
  3. Make a knit list. (Finish the list.)
  4. Become a morning person.
  5. Complete a 100 day project.
  6. Update the home master list.
  7. Purge the back basement.
  8. Take a trip to Maine with Violet.
  9. Go hiking.
  10. Start and finish the Chicago embroidery project.
  11. Make a picture book for each of the kids.
  12. Use an alarm clock instead of my phone.
  13. Practice unapologetic self-confidence.
  14. Camp. (Even if it’s just in the backyard.)
  15. Have a treading water contest with Violet.
  16. Deep clean/purge bathroom cabinets.
  17. Hang pictures in the upstairs hallway.
  18. Learn to make a really good homemade spaghetti sauce.
  19. Take a class.
  20. Floss.
  21. Go social media free for at least one month.
  22. Get a mole screen.
  23. Get a mammogram.
  24. Mail one handwritten letter a month.
  25. Have a get together at my house with friends.
  26. Tend the garden.
  27. Take a long weekend in the U.P.
  28. Go skiing.
  29. Find a sunscreen that I will actually wear on my face. Wear it.
  30. Reach my goal for the 2020 goodreads reading challenge.
  31. Annual fall trip to Michigan.
  32. Have family pictures taken.
  33. Unsubscribe from unwanted email lists.
  34. Continue writing down weekly intentions list.
  35. Make a list of fun “social distancing” activities for the family. Do them.
  36. Learn to give myself a manicure.
  37. Wear out a pair of running shoes.
  38. Practice using procreate.
  39. Make a batch of homemade vapor rub.
  40. Do some blog housekeeping.
  41. Embrace mistakes.
  42. Develop a new healthy habit.

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?

Friday Finds

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I love this date. Two of my favorite people in the whole wide world are born on today. I think that means today is good day to have a good day.

  1. I’m making a list of books to read. Inspiration from here, here, and I’m so unabashedly excited for this.
  2. Morning routine hacks for a calmer day. The second one is literally life changing for me and I hate when I get out of the habit.
  3. I’m a builder.
  4. Murder hornets, UFOs, and coronavirus conspiracy theories (the lack of a link is on purpose). 2020 can suck it.
  5. So some random things that make me laugh/smile.
  6. What are you proud of?
  7. 68 pieces of unsolicited advice.
  8. I’ve probably shared this before, but I still like it.
  9. Just wow. You know I love a pretty picture.
  10. This is my new alarm song.
  11. Adele’s weight loss is none of your business.
  12. Ordered this for Violet, but may do it myself.

Happy weekend!!