I find myself at loose ends these days. This often happens to me on summer break; without a schedule, I tend to let the days slip by without a plan, in part, as a way to rest and relax. But after a bit, I usually start feeling a little blue. This summer is the first summer I have ever lived completely alone, and when I think about it in those terms, I am doing pretty well. And yet, there are times when I'm so apathetic and listless, that I worry that I'm not coping as well as it seems. I can't decide if I should put more structure in my days or if floating along is what I need. I have been reading quite a bit, and continue to do a little yard work most days, but I haven't committed to doing any major projects around the house like I had planned. I'm not closing myself off from my friends and family, but I'm definitely not as social as I was. As an example, this is the first summer since I moved in nine years ago, that I haven't actively invited friends and coworkers over for Beach Fridays, and I can't really say why. I have had a very few close friends come over for beach time, the ones who are close enough to invite themselves, and I've enjoyed it, but I just don't feel like doing the hostess thing. So much has been written about the curated on-line selves we present, that I thought it was important to be honest about some of the not so pretty stuff. Thanks for listening. Now on to the pictures.
This is a rose from one of the bushes I pruned last week; I have a couple of these antique bottles and was happy to have a reason to use one of them.
I'm not sure if I've ever posted a photo of this part of my front yard before, but I took this picture after pruning this tree. Again, I really wish I had a before photo, as this tree was a beast. I don't know what it is, but I call it a weeping holly because prior to my pruning it, its branches hung down to the ground like a weeping willow. This is the first time I've ever seen the ground around it!
Melissa went to Colorado and Wyoming last month, and brought back this tea towel from a vintage shop. I think it's adorable.
I finished the Playground Shawl for my friend; this is a picture of it before blocking.
And this is how it grew after blocking. I was amazed at the size, until I checked my yardage again and realized I had used 680 yards of yarn.
And in an effort to work from my stash, I cast on another shawl right away. This will be much smaller, as it's a single skein shawl.
Gracie continues to enjoy sitting near me as much as possible while she naps, often on the arm of the couch.