It’s been a while…and many things have changed for the better. I’m off work all summer, which is kinda unbelievable. I am doing a bit of work to prepare, but I don’t have to drive 45 minutes anymore – which is fabulous!
I do have a new ride…I ride 2 miles down to the library where they have not only internet – but air conditioning! Anne-Marie and Kevin gave it to me…and it’s great! It is a little tough to swing my leg up and over the bar, especially in long skirts, but I manage. I’m sure it’s very entertaining for all the folks at the library!
So, I had lots of time for fun projects. The first week was really spend relaxing and occasionally looking over my shoulder wondering- do I really NOT have to go to work today? Needless to say, I read a ton of books, took long walks with Lucy, and spent lots of great time with Jon.
I did plant some cactus – actually, most all of the cactus I had in little pots on the back patio – in the front yard. It’s looking better, but I think we need more shrubs and a bigger tree out there to anchor the area. These will have to wait until it’s not to warm and dry outside – perhaps in August or September. The amazing gate has not been installed yet. It’s going to be extraordinary – I’ll post pictures once it’s in. Once the gate is in – all the cats can go out into the front…when we are home of course! It will be completely enclosed and I will just pretend that 2 out of the 3 will not climb the wall and go off gallivanting around. We shall see…
The above-ground pond is doing great – the mosquito fish are multiplying. We haven’t finished the other pond – I need to drive up to Phoenix and get the liner…which weighs 250 lbs. Since it’s a long drive, I plan to do that later in the month when I visit the grandparents. So for now, it’s just a big hole in the ground, but I can see the koi and the waterfall already. It’s lovely. Here’s a shot of the front porch:
My parents and grandma came to visit and we had a very nice time…they made me sew for 5 hours straight to finish those damn curtains! The room does look better and we did have a good time, but oy, my back was killing me afterwards! Grandma has had some health problems since she came to visit, but hopefully things will be straightened out soon.
I finally finished the scarf I began last summer when visiting Antje and Jess. Lucy is modeling it below…it’s a little short. Actually, quite short…I just don’t know why all my scarves are ending up too short! I had three skeins of yarn…well, maybe I need to learn a bit more about gauge and whatnot! Antje – help!
I am very proud of finishing it anyways…it’s a tricolor block scarf. I learned how to add and drop colors…go me! Maybe I will make it into a stuffed animal…like a whale…for either Sedona or …someone else who is having a baby….in January! I cannot say who yet…but once this person posts about it…I can spill the beans! I am so excited! I have many projects for this little baby lined up…check back to see progress.
On another note, Anne-Marie and Kevin will be moving to LA at the end of next month. While I am very happy for them, I’m really quite sad. I know it’s not a long flight, but it’s going to be that much harder to see they and it’s not going to be a drop on by kind of thing. They have become really great friends – pretty much like family – and Jon and I both are going to miss them. Not to mention Lucy missing her brother Jimi! Or the cats or the chickens missing Jimi….well, maybe they will miss him a bit less…
Well, I better sign off. I will commit to doing a better job at this blogging gig…now I don’t have the excuse of too much work and not enough time! Though, I sure the summer will fly by and I won’t have half of my projects done.
We’re heading to Colorado for some backpacking this afternoon. Should be much cooler than it is here! (It’s going to be 110)…