Monday, June 18, 2012
DD is off at her annual week of church camp, so DH and I are home alone. This is what it will be like all the time in just another 15 months.
How do we live it up? We hang the laundry outside to dry.
We talk to the dogs and expect answers.
We thrill each other with new microwave cleaning techniques.
We go to the adult swim at the pool together like all the other AARP couples.
What's not to love?
Friday, June 15, 2012
My boss took some time for herself this week, so I was alone at the store Tuesday evening, all day Wednesday and much of Thursday. I had such a great time. Tuesday was dead, saleswise, but one of our regular customers ended up sitting with me for the last 2 hrs of the day, and we really talked for the first time. I feel like a real friendship has taken root.
Wednesday--beautiful weather, June, middle of the week--you'd think no one would be thinking about yarn or knitting projects. Wrong! We had a great day of sales, along with another customer who stayed all day so I could help her learn how to seam her project together and pick up stitches for the neckband. Since she is already a professional art quilter, these were not skills with which she struggled. We had a lovely day together.
Thursday is always my favorite day. We have a great group of regulars who gather to knit on Thursday evenings. This week I just sat down at the table with them, getting up to help the few non-regulars who came to the store. No AC, and while the outdoor weather was beautiful, it was getting hot in the store. I looked up, and one of the women, whom I've known for almost a year, had whipped off her wig (no idea) and was calmly knitting and chatting away, with her beautiful bald scarred head. No one batted an eye. These are the new people in my world, and I am grateful that our paths have crossed.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Not only is the pool open (3/3 so far), but our weekly CSA has started. This week we had a quart of strawberries, a whole chicken, a bunch each of radishes, kale, collards, a pound of shelled peas, a head of leaf lettuce, a kohlrabi, a pound of fresh pasta and a bag each of pea tendrils and garlic scapes.
Such bounty requires some inventive cooking. So far from SparkRecipes I've made Radish hash browns (yum) and shared Savory Breakfast Squares, a recipe shared by another member of the CSA. Just had the combo for lunch.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The biggest holiday of my summer is the opening of the outdoor pool, and with a predicted high near 90 degrees F today, I celebrated.
Adult swim was from noon to one. I got there a little early, with correct change, so that I could buy my family season pass--which is really a matter of updating a computer record. The line was already out the door, and when I noticed that others just entered their codes and proceeded to the water, I tried mine. It has been the same for 2 years now, and, as expected, it worked. It just happened to note that my membership was expired. I fully intended to complete my transaction when I left, but the line was still backed up. I really will not continue to steal access to the water, but they ought to have more help on hand opening day.
And they need to repair the outdoor showers. What's up with that?
Saturday, June 09, 2012
So much one could do here today in the Best Location in the Nation. Parade the Circle, Gordon Square Arts Celebration, Healthy People Healthy Park Hike, the outdoor pools open...it goes on and on.
What are we doing? DD is busy with her #2 pencils and the bubbles for the ACT, I'm solo at the store today and DH is in a hotel near O'Hare with 9 nerds doing a Quiz Bowl-ish national tournament.
I, at least, will head to a grad party after I close the store, and maybe end up at Peggy's pool.
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