Monday, June 18, 2012


On the eve of a month-long hiatus, I decided it was high time I visited this sadly neglected space.  How've you been, friends?  Was Spring kind to you?  Is everyone happy and healthy?

Things around Casa de Dear have been... well.  Probably just as busy/hectic/crazy/stressful as they've been in all of your homes.  Sure, we have some special issues that most families thankfully don't have to face.  Even so, it's not like our family has the exclusive on stress/worry/exhaustion. 


Sometimes I wonder about the pace we - as a society - live our lives by these days.  Seems like we fill up a great deal of our time with "busy work" that, ultimately, don't really mean anything.  But I digress...

My reaction to prolonged stress is to s-l-o-w down.  I focus on the tasks at hand, but beyond that, things get very quiet in my head.  Which translates to a total lack of blogging (but I'm guessing you're already figured that out, heh).  Not much sewing.  Not much of anything, truth be told.  Lots of reading.  Lots of gardening.  Lots of wine tea drinking.

Sure, I've been knitting.  A stitch here, a row there.  The projects I worked on were irrelevant though.  I mostly just knit because knitting is what I do, you know?  And asking me to not knit would be like asking me to not breathe. But I can't say I've been stoked by the knitting lately.

Some things DO have me pretty excited though, and even though they're not knitting-related, I thought I'd share them with you.  A list, in no particular order:
  •  Summer:  I am so, SO happy summer has arrived.  Flip Flops, kids spending entire days in the pool, trips to the convenience store for Freezies, pre-bedtime fishing on the river... Yes please.

  • My garden: despite the setback of - ahem - inadvertently killing all my seedlings, all my plants are in the ground.  This year we're growing: corn, pumpkin, tomatoes (cherry and roma), cucumber, basil, thyme, sugar snap peas, broccoli, green beans, carrots, garlic, lettuce and spinach.  Yum!
  • Eating from the garden: it's still too early for the garden to really be producing anything (it will though!  Boy, will it ever.), but so far we've enjoyed lots (and lots!) of fresh spinach in our salads and sandwiches (or straight from the ground, if you're Émilie), and this past weekend I fixed roasted potatoes with our garlic scapes.  Nom.
  • Garment sewing: more specifically, I want to make a skirt for myself.  I've got the fabric, the pattern, and the notions.  All I need now is the time!

And there you have it, friends.  No knitting news (yet), but I'm here, sharing things I'm excited about with you.  And it's a start.

Happy Knitting, Everyone!


Maryse said...

Summer and gardening are two great hobbies and I too think that although it may mean a little less knitting, it's a lot of pleasure as well! Love your little garden!

Alrischa said...

The sheep broke into our vege patch a few months back, and ate everything. We planted some winter peas a few weeks ago, after my hubby fixed the fence, but my helpful 5yo decided to wedge the gate open so that the sheep could eat the weeds. I'm sure he told those naughty lambs to leave the peas alone, but...

Mrhide said...

you'll need those St-Tropez sandals to go with the dress! I'm almost done! you'll be able to have the spot soon!

sapphireblue said...

I've been reading a lot of blogs about minimalist parenting, and it has been making a lot of sense. We do fill up that time that we just realize how much time is passing us by.

Cynthia F said...

Happy summer-relaxing-reading-knitting-sewing-time!

Ali P said...

I'd like to place an order for skirts pleeze.

Sinéad said...

*sigh* summer. If only. It's been solidly raining here forever now. The odd glimpse of the orange ball in the sky and that's about it. All my veggies are looking a bit waterlogged, not sure I'll get much out of them. BUT I did get some peas! Yum. Your veggie patch is far better organised than mine :)