Tuesday Things

I met up with a friend and her two young children for breakfast today. We talked favorite colors and Rescue Bots and being nervous/excited for kindergarten. It was a gift. I’ve been crying (often) at the linear nature of time, and wishing that 33-year-old-Kate could have the wisdom of 43-year-old-Kate and that I had an afternoon (or year, or whole lifetime) with the little people who have become bigger people. I know everyone tells you…but like everything else you can’t know until you experience it, and by then it’s too late. I’m not above being a toddler at the unfairness of it all.

We’ve had sleepovers and birthday celebrations and (not enough) time with out of town family. V finished school last week, goes to camp next week, and starts high school swim the week following. A will be at camp a week after V. We started shopping for school. The summer bucket list is half complete, but I doubt we’ll finish much of the remainder. I feel like every year at this time I talk about how the days are lost to laundry and lunch making and this year is no different.

Let’s talk things.

Knitting: I’m in the process of switching over my office/craft space with V’s bedroom and that has involved some inventory taking. I need to knit faster. I’ve almost finished a pair of vanilla socks (I tried a twisted 1-1 rib on the cuff for the first time and really like it). I have my next pair picked out and I’m going to do a hat that I’ve stashed away.

Watching: Ted Lasso (Apple) is back and I’m THRILLED. I watched the final season of Atypical (Netflix) and have been watching Bloom (a florist British Bake Show on HBO) with Violet. It’s very sweet.

Reading: Our 7PM family reading time has gone by the wayside since summer started, and it shows in my list. I’ve read the first two stories in the Agatha Raisin series (Ally, I think you recommended these?). They’re a very sweet British murder mystery. Beach Read by Emily Henry (★★★★★). I think Midnight Library will be next.

Making: Summer = popsicles. These pineapple-orange-banana ones are a bit icy, but good. This week, I made some mango/coconut popsicles but realized I’m not a fan of mango. Abram (who likes mango) thinks they’re really delicious. Next, I’m going to make these blueberry coconut ones. We decided we’re going to try to eat at home for every meal this month. I’d love some simple, good, quick recipes if you have any. Banana bread. This shrimp dish (which never has any leftovers). Salmon salad. (Even my non-salmon lovers enjoy it in this salad. It’s a little bit of work, but worth it so I’m only making one dinner that everyone enjoys.) And I can’t eat nuts right now with the braces, but if you can, make this salad. I’ve been known to use precooked beets (love beets is the brand) from the supermarket in a pinch. It’s my favorite salad.

So that’s me. What have you been -ing since we talked last?

Tuesday Things

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.

Making: Sliced raw veggie boards with dip, broccoli slaw, and chicken salad – with or without pasta. Very much summer.

And that’s me. How are things in your corner of the world? What are your -ings?

Tuesday Things

It’s a lot of pictures, I know. It’s been a lot of days. I’ll sum up. I celebrated my birthday in Michigan. Violet celebrated being fully vaccinated with shopping and lunch at a restaurant. Abram celebrated turning twelve with his first dose of vaccine. Days are full of summer school and camps and swimming at the community pool. The garden is neglected. My flower baskets are dry and dying because we have baby birds (and because I forget about them but let’s blame the birds). I do not take one second of this normalcy for granted and have spent a good portion of the last month happy crying. In fact, just typing that sentence made me emotional. Let’s talk things.

Knitting: I should have the pair Jesse promised on blockers by the end of this week. I’ve already picked out the yarn and pattern for my next pair. I also purchased a pattern for a sock yarn sweater which may be wishful thinking. When not working on socks, I’ve been knitting dishcloths.

Reading: Davenport reads aplenty!! Majesty by Katharine McGee, What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins, Shipped by Angie Hockman, The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. I’m currently reading Pretty Things by Janelle Brown. I liked What Comes After and The Four Winds. I haven’t been doing a good job with my Audible reads. I’m going to try and listen while puttering or knitting.

Watching: The Handmaids Tale (Hulu) which is so dark and disturbing but fantastic. Violet and I watched Moxie (Netflix) which I thought was heavy handed but enjoyable (Violet loved). I’m looking forward to the new seasons of Ted Lasso (Apple) and Atypical (Netflix).

Making: I need to spend some time on the Chicago cross stitch if I’m ever going to get that finished. Violet and Abram both learned to water ski. They made it look easy so I tried. It wasn’t easy. I haven’t decided if I’m going to try again. I’m trying to get back into a morning person routine. I was doing so well (and noticed a big improvement in my mood) but rejoined social media and have been scrolling too late into the night. I need to break the bad habit snowball and just go to bed.

So that’s me. I hope you are enjoying your summer and staying safe and healthy. Tell me about your -ings?(especially book recommendations if you have them!)