A Few Quick and Rather Random Updates
A Little Side Trip

Right Now - July 2015

July . . . you've been a challenging month for me . . . pretty much every day.  (And I'm sorry to be so elusive about it all.  But the challenges here . . . are mostly not mine to talk about.)  But things are starting to resolve, which means we can begin to move on.


Here's what's happening for me . . . Right Now.

Watching . . . Birds and butterflies and moths and hummingbirds.  My garden is filled with them, and it is glorious!

Reading . . . I'm reading This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, a collection of short stories.  I've intended to read this one since it came out a couple of years ago, and it's been on my iPad for a long time -- but it was a Bingo square that inspired me to pick it up now.  Anyway, it's pretty fabulous -- although I imagine not to everyone's taste.  I'm also reading/listening to a really dreadful book, Beneath a Marble Sky (again, inspired by a Bingo square).  It sounded interesting, but it is tedious.  Really tedious.  (I'm wondering how much I have to read before I can count it as "read."  What do you think?  Half?)  (Because life is too short to read stupid books.)

Knitting . . . After knitting two shawls in rapid succession, I'm sort of floundering in the knitting department right now.  I cast on for this top in some linen yarn I've had laying around.  I love the look and feel of linen, but not so much the knitting with it.  (So not really feeling it . . . general lack of enthusiasm here.)  I have a strange urge to knit a pair of socks.  (Which is really weird.)  (Probably should act on it - because all my hand knit socks have holes now.)

Listening to . . . Florence + the Machine.


Dreading . . . Actually, well.  I've had it with dreading.  I'm finished with dreading.

Drinking . . . (Oh, yeah, baby.  I'm drinking.)

Planning . . . A master bathroom re-do.  This project began out of necessity (our shower is leaking into our kitchen), but is rapidly becoming one of those Projects That Ate New York.  Because where do you stop?  (I'm drawing the line at re-carpeting my bedroom.)  (Even though it needs it.)

Humming . . . This one. 


Wondering . . . About resilience and grief and letting go and moving on. 

Itching to . . . See my sister.  She arrived in Michigan yesterday, but I haven't seen her yet.  (Saturday.)

Organizing . . . I finally started on my yarn stash!  I dumped out every skein, hank, ball, and cake of yarn I own . . . onto the floor of my sewing room and into my family room.  I'm Kon-Mari-ing all of it, touching it and deciding if it brings me joy.  (This was much harder than my clothes, I gotta say.  But, like all Kon-Mari-ing, it gets easier once you start letting go.)  I've put much of it into bags that I'm donating to a high school art teacher friend.  (She's excited to add fiber art to her classes -- but doesn't have a budget for fiber.)


Delighted by . . . My new waterproof iPod Shuffle!  Because of a flare-up of a long-standing knee issue (just another of my July challenges), I've had to stop running and dancing -- maybe forever.  (See?  Fun month.)  I've started swimming laps again -- but find it painfully tedious.  Having music helps a lot -- in fact, it's a game-changer.  (And, yeah.  It works!)

Needing to . . . Pack myself for a mini-vacation (Chicago with my sister), do a little deadheading in the garden, submit a couple of grant applications, and vacuum.

Celebrating . . . We're getting some resolution on some issues that have been hanging around (or over us) for way too long.  Finally.  Although some of it doesn't feel "celebratory" quite yet, I think it will.  Eventually.


Enjoying . . . Summer.  Because it finally arrived!

How about YOU?  What's happening for you . . . right now?