Ten on Tuesday: 5 Best of Summer / 5 for Fall
Well… what a summer.
At the beginning of it, I had no idea that I'd be bidding farewell to my sister and her family in addition to my daughter as they moved overseas! Ann & family had about 5-6 weeks to take care of things before moving to Spain for at least 2 years. Maddy planned, worked, and saved hard over the past year or so in order to spend the next year traveling and exploring in New Zealand.
It's been a super shitty summer in many respects, not the least of which was the death of Rusty's dad, and from the beginning I've made it a point to focus on the good stuff this summer — and on the things that I can control.
Five Best Things I Did This Summer
1 – I spent lots of time with the kiddos.
2 – I spent a few glorious days up north.
3 – I did lots of art stuff — viewing, participating, and even making.
4 – I read books — thanks to audiobooks, I've read more than I have in many a summer (winter, spring and fall).
5 – I made time for Auntie Camp II before my nephews left for Spain — abbreviated, but so much fun!
Five Things I'm Looking Forward to Doing This Fall
1 – Catching my breath. It was a very busy summer and I just need some time to collect my wits.
2 – Cooking. We've been planning our weekly menus and cooking at home for most of the summer, and I'm aiming to keep that going.
3 – Reading. That will certainly continue, and I'm still aiming for a BINGO by Thanksgiving.
4 – Knitting & Sewing… and getting a grip. I just sewed some adorable ladybug buttons on a sweater for Gin (an FO post to come!), but I've somehow misplaced a cone of Habu Tsumugi Silk for another project; there's a "quick" A-line top that stalled awaiting binding at neck and arms; one thumb-less mitten for Jun that's awaiting a thumb and a mate. So much to organize. (I have been making progress at washing the knits, though!)
5 – A Getaway! I'll be spending a few days in the Hudson Valley with some friends next month — knitting, laughing, cooking, eating, and going to a little thing called "Rhinebeck." It's been 9 years since I visited in the east and I cannot wait!!