Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Dog Days of Summer and Other Thursday Thoughts

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It seems that I have now entered full "I'm on summer vacation mode", if I wasn't before. Now you might think that being retired, I would not have need of that mind set. Apparently just the opposite is true. Other than my trip to visit family, the past couple months have been full of, well, not much.  And that has made me very content.

For whatever reason, I've decided that this summer is my summer of just being.  Don't get me wrong now, I'm still sewing and crafting, and I have not become a hermit.  But a great deal of my time, the majority of my time, has been in my garden (or my house) doing completely relaxing, non energetic pursuits.  I'm sleeping late, reading a lot, sitting and day dreaming in the garden, doing a lot of creative and designing, taking in some movies and a day trip here or there, and just generally appreciating summer.

And the truth is, I'm probably going to need it. In a moment of what may be temporary insanity, I signed up for a chair yoga course, and two academic courses through the Osher lifelong learning center.  I'm also taking  six credits of college level classes, volunteering a day a week, going to a weekly bible study brunch, walking in the water at three days a week and filling up September with a day trip and along weekend to South Dakota.  What have I done???? Regular readers know that I am a generally low energy person, so I may have to cut at least one of these classes to give myself time have more of that "just being time", I talked about.  Just being, in my case, meaning sewing, reading, relaxing and doing all the at home stuff I love.

As far as the things I HAVE done in the midst of my summer relaxation and day dreaming, this scarf has come a long, long way.  Since at least eighty percent of my clothing is green, shades of blue or yellow, somehow I think this scarf well get much use, and my knitting is seeing improvement! 

I've cooked large batches twice this week, trying to be frugal AND lazy when it comes to meals. By experimenting with our grill, we were able to grill two full pork tenderloins, corn, potatoes and other vegetables, giving us more than two delicious meals.  Two large pork loins wrapped together were just six dollars at sprouts and I froze a bunch.  Unfortunately the picture is not the best, but I hope to share the recipe for this and some other summer cookin' next week or this weekend.  Last night I made a large slow cooker full of chicken thighs, green beans, carrots and potatoes using this recipe, again eliminating the need to cook on a hot day.  Let me just say that slow cookers are not just for winter!

Because I must forever quilt, I have cut up one of the fabric bunches I purchased and am over half way through a fall quilt, with pictures to come. I'm also making a list of every book I've read since the first of the year (even I don't know the number), listing every project I've made and doing the same with every film I've seen. This is all for one group I belong to and mainly so that we can compare and come up with ideas to steal and use-I'll probably share some of the results in a later post.

Finally, of course, I've been to the movies-the IMAX actually, to see Tom Cruise.  Who I don't even like, and yet whose action movies I cannot resist.  Supposedly there's another Mission Impossible on the way-it almost scares me.

Meanwhile, I'm still looking for long weekend opinions of what to do in South Dakota.  Can I do Mount Rushmore in the morning and Badlands in the afternoon, realizing that I'll be driving it and not hiking it?  Who knows.

And so it goes.........


  1. IMHO, sleeping late, reading a lot, sitting and day dreaming in the garden are much underrated activities ... but regardless, it sure looks like you're soon switching into a much higher gear!

  2. Very nice pattern and colour change on that scarf. I am sure you will get lots of use out of it.

    God bless.

  3. Not exactly the lazy days of summer! Love the scarf! I don't knit anymore - have some horrific stories of my attempts at that. Quilting should be in my blood as I come from a long line of quilters but missed that gene too. BUT, I love reading about yours! Enjoy.


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