The push-and-pull of Spring continues here in April. Super warm days when everything in the landscape explodes with leaf and bloom . . . followed by several cold days putting everything in a holding pattern.
Such is the season.
I'm just happy with all the blooms!
Here's what's happening for me . . . Right Now:
Watching . . . Not the News. But I am keeping up with the new season of Call the Midwife, and I'm enjoying the third season of Grace & Frankie, too.
Reading . . . I've jumped on the Lincon in the Bardo bandwagon (George Saunders is the author), and I'm nearly finished. It is excellent -- unique and very different. I am reading it in print, although I know many people who have really loved the audio version. After seeing the way the book is laid out on the page (rather unusual), I really can't imagine it in audio. But people I know who have listened to the book can't really imagine simply reading it. So. I think this is a book you can enjoy any way you choose to partake! I'm also reading A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie (in the ears). While the writing is truly beautiful (like all of Shamsie's work), let's just say . . . it's taking me a long time to get through it.
Stitching . . . Why, looky-here! I knit a sock. It's mate, though? Nowhere to be found! I've been busy in the garden the last week or so, and haven't had much time to stitch. I've got a few things close to being finished, though -- and I'm determined to git-r-dun before starting on anything new. (Although I wouldn't hold my breath for that sock's mate. Just sayin.)
Gold Star . . . Last month, I explained that I was going to try to tackle some of my "big" projects. You know? Things I put off doing . . . because I feel like I don't have a big enough block of time to do them. I'm happy to report that a "slow drip" approach (working on projects a little at a time - maybe even just 15 minutes a day) is working for me. I'm making progress - slowly but surely - and it feels great. Gold Star for me!!!
Drinking . . . Adorable little cans of flavored Perrier! My favorite is L'Orange.
Celebrating . . . There is so much to be celebrating these days. My dad's birthday is Monday -- AND he just sold his condo! Erin got a great summer internship (and - best of all - a job offer after she finishes up her Masters work next December) from a big Silicon Valley tech and social media company! Life is good -- and it's so nice to be celebrating.
Blooming . . . Everything has just been popping in my garden this week! This photo is a bird's eye view of my Jack Frost brunnera. I love the haze of bright blue -- and I love that this shade-loving plant "volunteers" in my garden . . . but not in an invasive way. Just in a way that spreads the blue-hazy-goodness here and there.
Planning . . . I have some exciting plans for my garden this year. Nothing too ambitious. I just want to create a couple of mini-gardens within already established garden beds. I really need to do a lot of thinning and dividing this year -- and especially in front of the house . . . because we're having a retaining wall re-built. It's going to wreak some havoc, sure. But I'm trying to think of it as an opportunity to restructure a couple of garden beds. . .
Humming . . . Tom and I went to a concert earlier this week - Blues Traveler. Ever since . . . well . . . I can't get this song out of my head! (They put on a great concert, by the way.)
Looking forward to . . . I'm excited for May to roll around. I'll be heading up north now and again in May. There's always the excitement of planting season and the opening of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market. Lots of busy-ness with the Master Gardener Plant Sale. And a quick trip from Erin is in the works.
What's happening for YOU . . . right now?