Tuesday, May 25, 2010


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)
Bush Beans
Brussels Sprouts
Tomatoes (Big Boy and Roma)
Swiss Chard
Peppers (Bell and Banana)
Sun Flowers

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.

Happy Knitting/Gardening/Reading!