They may be a little gnarly and not quite the prettiest of the bunch – but they are OUR strawberries! This is our magical third year, and our little backyard patch has produced a pretty steady stream of these juicy delights. When Kris and I get home from work, we spend a good hour piddling around in the garden – weeding, harvesting, watching the plants grow. It’s amazing to see the progress day to day. We pick our choice ingredients and then go in for dinner. The best part is when we can make the harvest part of the dinner! Our most abundant harvest right now is our salad greens - so we have delicious green each night. This heirloom variety provides yummy diversity (and some laughs at the names of the lettuce – “Amish Deer Tongue”!) Add some strawberries and a balsamic vinaigrette, and you have an instant meal. Perfect.
I have been reading like a speed demon – and if you keep up with me on GoodReads, than you know that I have been devouring graphic novels… still loving this genre. I read the newest Sookie Stackhouse guilty pleasure, Dead in the Family,which left me a little non-plussed, but entertained. I have plans for much more reading this summer – I am going to the library once a week trading in the ones that I read for the new ones I had on hold! Another book review post will be coming soon. I should be turning my eyes to the shelves full of books in my house…
The downtime would usually translate to more knitting time, but I haven’t been picking up the needles that much lately. I am continuing my stashbusting efforts, but it seems like a lot of other things are vying for my time… and winning right now. I did finish this scarf – a simple garter stitch number that was knit side-to-side. I used a wool/alpaca/silk blend (Elsbeth Lavold Silky Flamme). I am calling it my Tree Bark scarf because of the ripply texture [Ravelry Notebook page]. The yarn has some thick and thin places which adds to the effect. I threw in a couple of purl rows for some interest. I like it, and it will be nice this next fall/winter.
I joined a new gym and am enjoying their “theater” room where you can work out on the equipment (ellipticals, treadmills, stair climbers, bikes) while watching a movie on the big screen. What a novel idea! They play fun movies too… I just got back from the gym and they were playing Mrs. Doubtfire, which I hadn’t seen since it came out. So silly that I found myself laughing out loud more than once while on the treadmill! I have a great friend who goes with me, so it’s fun to have that little standing date together each weekend.
My youngest sister is in town this weekend, and we are all looking forward to the visit from Mimi, Daniel, and Baby V at the end of June. This coming Monday, my dad leaves for a 4-month assignment in Juneau, Alaska. …and you know me well enough to realize that the wheels started turning in my head planning a trip to visit! We don’t have a date pinned down quite, but we have every intention of going. Should be a great opportunity to see my dad, and for some amazing photography!
After a good deal of reluctance, I decided to join Twitter. now I am wondering why in the world I waited so long. I heard a lecture last week at a work-related conference that extolled this social networking tool and I realized that it could be a good thing… so, I gave it a try this past week. And yeah, it’s great. So, if you want to follow me… I am there. It’s like mini-blog posts!