So here I am, forcing myself to sit down and show you what's going on.
There's been some travel - I went to Chicago on very short notice (like 24 hours notice) at the beginning of the month. I really liked the city and would quite happily go back.
I stayed down on the river and was able to find time for the architectural river tour. If you ever find yourself in Chicago with a few hours to spare, this is something worth doing.
I have part of the vegetable garden planted. Most things are growing well including the weeds. Curiously, squash isn't growing well at all. I made a decision earlier in the spring that I wasn't going to plant the entire space that I have available. It's too much and I can't keep it weeded and I end up losing produce and patience. Last year, when I was dealing with depression I tried to get it all done and more than once I was in tears while planting something because I was just so frustrated with the space and how quickly the grass and weeds would take over if I so much as turned my back. Couple that with the grasshoppers who moved in with the grass and I was ready to just plow the entire thing under. This year, I decided to be a little kinder to myself and reduced the size of the planting space. I have less, but the space is easier for me to maintain. So far, I'm enjoying it a lot more as well. The other thing I learned is that if you're going to plant purple fingerling potatoes, that you need to take them ALL out of the ground in the fall - even the little tiny blips of tubers the size of your finger tip, the half eaten ones the mice dined on and the ones you cut in half with the shovel while digging up the others. You know why? Because these damn things can survive a winter - even a really hard, cold one like what we just had (remember this is a Canadian saying it was a long, cold winter) and they'll grow the next year. Currently I have "wild" potatoes growing among the onions and the lettuces....
I also spent some time working on the ornamental bed at the front of the house. It's not all done, but I've gone from this:
I've been knitting as well, although at a much slower pace due to the gardens. I've finished a(nother) pair of socks. These were knit using Lorna's Laces yarn. The colour is Lucky Stripe. I think I'm in love.
I've also started a new sweater. I've decided I really like working sweaters in a rather fine gauge so I've cast on another one. The sweater will have a folded hem and be very plain but is a shocking fuchsia - a colour I can wear quite well.
There are a few other things that have been happening too, but I need to save something for next time!