Oh, June. You've really lived up to expectations.
There have been trips up north, bike rides, ice cream, a successful Solstice party, gardening, and mini-celebrations along the way. And, from the looks of it, there are more good summer-y things yet to come.
Here's what's happening . . . Right Now.
Watching: Well. Let's just say nothing on the screen. I don't watch much television anyway, but during the summer I hardly ever turn it on. Oh. Except Grantchester; I am keeping up with that one. (Because James Norton. Who can resist?) Mostly, right now, I'm watching things grow in my garden -- blooms, weeds, nuisance plants from my neighbors' gardens, that kind of thing.
Stitching: Well. Not much on that front either. As I explained in Wednesday's post, I have cast on for the Through the Loops Mystery Shawl. And that's pretty much where I am still. By the time I sit down at the end of the day, I don't have the energy or attention span to manage even a simple lace pattern. I'm going to be way behind with this year's mystery knit. (And I'm fine with that.) I'm thinking about starting something more . . . basic . . . to knit in the evening when I can't focus on lace, but do want to knit. (Stay tuned.)
Reading: I AM reading. As you can see, my Summer Bingo reading is kind of all over the place. I'm not seeing any BINGOs coming up soon, but eventually I'll get one. Right now, I'm listening to Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (I'm not sure which square it will fit into quite yet, but I'm sure it will fit in somewhere. . . ), and I'm reading The Gifts of Imperfection, an older one from Brené Brown (which will fit nicely into the "backlist" square). (As I earn BINGOs, I'll tell which books I read to fit in each square.)
Humming: This one. I went to a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert last Sunday, and I've been singing this one ever since! (Can't stop, addicted to the shindig . . . ) Tom had to miss the concert because of a scheduling error (his, not mine). Don't feel too badly for him, though. Because he was in Key West catching this . . .
That's a trophy permit. (He was thrilled.)
Gardening: I'm really enjoying my time in the garden this year -- and I am spending a LOT of time out there. I have . . . well, kind of overdone . . .my garden; I think I've reached my limit. My dream was always to completely ring the perimeter of our fenced-in, L-shaped back yard with garden beds. And I have achieved this feat (I'll blog about it sometime later this summer). But. It's an awfully lot of garden to keep up with, y'know? So it's a constant game of whack-a-mole. Some parts look great, while others need a bit more attention. I am accepting that this is a constant, flowing Truth. I do have fun puttering around out there, and now that bulk of the work has been done for the season, I can spend a bit more time just enjoying things from time to time (if I can keep myself from popping up to weed something or trim back something else).
Playing: I finally caved and bought an Apple Watch last week. I was hoping it would help me track my workouts -- including my swim workouts. And it does. Kind of. I mean, it's waterproof and all -- and it does seem to accurately track my swimming. But it does not track kick-sets at all (that's kicking without any arm movement; kind of a staple of swim workouts) . . . which is unfortunate. (Especially because it doesn't allow for manual adjustments either.) So. It's cool. And I like it. And it does track most stuff. Just not all the stuff.
Dreading: Neighborhood fireworks. When I was younger, I used to love the Fourth of July. And I really do like watching fireworks. But . . . the joy has gone out of it for me now that fireworks have become legal in Michigan -- even in residential neighborhoods. Oh, yikes. It's misery! And especially for the dogs. We wrap JoJo in her ThunderShirt and administer the "relaxing drugs" from the vet . . . but we still have to hunker down in our basement "bunker" for several nights. (It's even worse up north at our cottage.) So. I'm dreading the next few nights -- and eager for that part of the weekend to be over.
Looking Forward: We've got a nice vacation coming up in July -- a week on Beaver Island up in the middle of the northern part of Lake Michigan. It probably won't be terribly warm -- but it's going to be gorgeous and relaxing and fun. The dogs are looking forward to it, too -- because they get to come with us for this trip! (Keep your fingers crossed that JoJo - of the carsickness - can manage the ferry ride.)
That's what's happening in my corner of the world right now. How about YOU?