I have not been knitting, not even a little bit. I haven't even as much as looked at a ball of yarn or a pattern in a few weeks now.
This is the time of year where I usually put up the knitting and start spending as much time as I can outside in the sun reading or working in the garden. Plus its just too hot to knit even in Maine.
There have also been a two major things and a few minor things that have been keeping me from my "normal" routine.
1. My little brother is scheduled for heart surgery this week. Tomorrow he will be enduring a 4 1/2 to 5 hour proceedure to replace a valve in his heart. I have volunteered to stay at home during this time to care for my parents 2 parrots and 2 dogs, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well.
2. Providing that my brothers surgery goes as planned and there are no complications, I will be flying to Tennessee this Thursday to visit some dear friends whom I have not seen in a long time. I CAN'T EVEN WAIT! I have been planning this trip for a couple of months now and then all of a sudden the date has crept right up on me. I have barely started packing but I think I can manage to throw everything in my suitcase before Thursday morning. This is a solo trip so the upside is I don't have to worry about trying to make sure that my significant other and dog have thier stuff together.
Dad and I have been putting a lot of time into our garden over the past couple of weekends. It looks AMAZING. I think it is probably the best garden we have had yet. We managed to get all the planting done last weekend and I think we are both pretty proud of it. I love telling people about the process that we have gone through to get it to where it is now, and I have been offering "tours" to friends so that I can brag about all the things we have done.
Here is what we have growing in our garden:
Potatoes (blue fingerling, red, and white)
Tomatoes (Big Boy and Roma)
Peppers (Bell and Banana)
I have been reading up a storm!
Currently I am working on reading the Into the Wilderness Series by Sara Donati. If you like historical fiction, you will love these books. To date I have finished Into The Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, next up Lake in the Clouds.
I also just finished up The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, which was a book that was chosen for my book club.
Today I have planned to start reading the current book club selection Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese.
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