Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
I finally got back in my yard this week as well; apparently, the month of May was the rainiest one on record, which meant that the weeds got out of control, and I was out of the routine of doing yard work. I decided to cut the grass after work on Thursday, as the temperature was in the low sixties, and I did some of the trimming with the weed whacker last night. I spent a couple of hours weeding the flower beds today, but although I have quite a bit more to do, it's going to have to wait. I'm going to sit on the beach with a friend tomorrow as a reward for all my hard work, and to make sure I'm not exhausted on Monday.I put the cages around the tomatoes; still don't know how to tell when this variety is ripe.
I went to the Chrysler Museum for a little while this morning to celebrate Knit in Public day, along with quite a few people from my local yarn shop, Baa Baa Sheep, and the Tidewater Knitting Guild. It's a great space, with lots of natural light.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
I drove to Richmond yesterday to meet up with Stephanie for the first time since her return from her teaching stint in France. It was wonderful visiting with her and catching up face-to-face. We ate at Kuba, Kuba, one of my favorite Richmond restaurants, then walked around the Fan District for a bit. The traffic on I64 was terrible but that's pretty normal for a summer Saturday.
I have been walking on the weekends, although not on the beach for some reason. Instead, I've been driving to nearby neighborhoods and parking the car, so I can explore new places. I spotted this heron on my walk last Sunday, in the neighborhood near the Hermitage Museum. Norfolk has a lot of wetland areas, which makes the scenery more interesting, I think.
I need to stay home and catch up on the yard work as I've been "running the roads" too much, as my mother-in-law used to say, but I guess the weeds will wait for me.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
But. Today is a new day, and I'll be back on track in no time. I know that I'm grieving for what it used to be, and for what I wanted it to be, rather than what it really was. In other words, I'm grieving for an illusion, and I have to let that go. And most of the time I do. But once in awhile, grief catches me by surprise.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
There was a faculty happy hour function Friday that I attended, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to stay very long, as a cool weather front coming in gave me a rather severe headache. I came home and had some coffee, medication, and spent most of the evening knitting quietly in my lovely yarn room, with Gracie nearby. Luckily, it eased quite a bit. Maybe I need to spend more time knitting quietly? I know Gracie enjoyed it. Here she is after climbing into an empty basket.
I'm working on a Playground Shawl, using two skeins of stash yarn, Frolicking Feet, and Fiber Company Canopy. It's an easy pattern, but I have had to start over a few times for one reason or another. No matter, I'm quite happy with it anyway.
I bought more mulch this week, in the hopes of doing some more yard work, but the weather might not cooperate this weekend. I want to extend the flower bed by my front porch to include some bulbs my parents gave me from their yard, an azalea my sister gave me, and a butterfly bush that I need to move, before I kill it by dragging the garden hose over it.
I spent today doing everything but gardening however. I took my mom to the Hermitage Museum, consignment store shopping, and lunch, to celebrate Mother's Day, since last weekend was my dad's birthday. Then I met a friend at the Norfolk Greek Fest for dinner, so all in all it was a lovely Saturday.
Now Gracie is ready to curl up and snooze.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
When the weather is good, I'm in the yard as much as possible, and as a result, I think it's really shaping up. I had a small setback last weekend when I ran over my electric cord with the lawn mower but thankfully my dad repaired it for me, so I didn't have to replace it. The 100 ft cords are not cheap. I'll have to be more cautious from now on, especially since it seems it did blow out the circuit. But those are only around $10-$15 to replace as opposed to $50-$60. I stopped by Home Depot on the way home today and bought ten bags of mulch and put them down tonight. I can't remember how many bags I bought over spring break, but it was at least that many. I could easily use another ten, but as it's supposed to rain on Friday, I think I'll wait.
I feel as if I'm at a different doctor every time I turn around these days and I'm healthy! I saw the dermatologist on Monday, and had something taken off my knee, I go to a hand surgeon tomorrow to have something removed from my finger (yard injury), and next week I'm having some outpatient surgery on my eyelids, which of course requires a pre-op visit. Not the best time to be missing time from work but I don't have a lot of choice. I'm also having bunion surgery on one foot this summer, as well as some oral surgery! Being over 55 years old definitely requires serious upkeep!
I thought about going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend, but decided I have too much to do around here. My plans are to clear out some more clutter and take care of some paperwork I've been procrastinating. But hopefully there will also be time for a little of this:
Monday, April 24, 2017
Hope you all have a lovely week.