Loving: All the flowers! April's paltry amount of precipitation was enough to bring on May blooms. I spent most of my time behind a camera taking pictures of blossoms. You probably know what most of the pictures in my May mosaic represent (I think I've covered most of them in the last post), but the black square denotes the day my b-i-l, Roger, passed away. My sister, Leeann, is doing well. She has a strong support system in her life. She has given always and her goodness is coming back to care for her in her time of need. She lives 40 miles away, which can often feel like another world, but we are close and I may just be traveling that part of road to see her more often.
Puppy Love: Mylo and Smith! I had to share this picture of my two boys. The plan is for Mylo to come to our home on June 18th when he is 8 1/2 weeks old. I.can't.wait! We have been visiting vets, dog trainers, pet stores and have purchased a dog bed, a few soft toys, a kennel, and a pet gate. Still I think of all we need to do and to buy. Dog bowls, food, treats, treats, treats. I'm sure there will be a few more items we haven't even thought about.
Drinking: After Vicki blogged about the Loveblock wine Maddy brought back from New Zealand (my favorite place for white wines), I had to see if it was carried at our state liquor store and they had a Sauvignon Blanc--Score! Plus, Mary blogged about her Frozen Negroni and I had to give it a try. It was refreshing and delicious, just my style of cocktail, as it wasn't sweet and had that touch of citrus I love. I may not be with my friends in person, but I am drinking with them in spirit!
Reading: My book group picked Pachinko by Min Jin Lee for the July and August selection, so I only need to read half of the book each month. I've no doubt it's doable, although I've only just begun. I read quite a bit of hype about Children of Blood and Bone, a debut YA fantasy novel by Tomi Adeyemi. The library had a copy and I thought I'd stretch myself by reading a book outside my usual fare. I'm enjoying the well constructed epic of a young woman who is trying to save magic in a kingdom that has worked to destroy it and the people who practiced it. The story is very complicated with several characters telling the tale from different points of view.
Growing: This year we've had success with almost everything we've planted (knock wood). The weather has been hot for a few days, then cooled off to comfortable temperatures, which has been marvelously nice for the plants and for us. This is a picture of tomatoes and garlic, with a row of carrots and onions on the left.
All the gardens in our community have been doing well. One person is growing artichokes and she has 50 or so on her plants! How cool is that?
The view of Mount Olympus from the garden isn't half bad, either. I love summer so much!
Knitting: I am--sporadically. Both sleeves of Sunday Morning have been completed and the back has a good started. I've just turned the second heel on a pair of socks I thought would take me two months to knit. My new goal is the end of June, which should put me in the running for two pairs of socks this year. There is just so much to do during the wonderful summer months.
Watching: Not so much. It's summer and I'd rather be outdoors in the evening.
Listening: SO many books, so little time. I always have a book in my ear (or a podcast) and Children of Blood and Bone is the most recent. I'm enjoying the narration and the story is written almost like a thriller. Something is always happening, which keeps it moving along quickly. I am so grateful I can be on the go and still have the company of a good book. Although, I listen to music now and again because there are so many great artists producing new music. What you may not know is that an album of new tunes by John Coltrane was recently found and will be released later this month. SO exciting!
I've run out of steam, and time. So friends, how have you been the last couple of weeks?