Admiring… peonies! This is one of Ann's.
Anticipating… a houseful of people in 2+ weeks!
Celebrating… my son-in-law Rod's birthday was yesterday, and can you believe that he & Ali will be celebrating their 9th wedding anniversary next week??
And Mack is going to be SEVENTEEN tomorrow! Time, time, time… why you gotta go so fast??
Drinking… the occasional ice-cold sparkling beverage (with or without spirits) using some recently made Rhubarb-Basil Shrub! It was especially refreshing last night after mowing TWO lawns, and nearly gone by the time I remembered to take a photo. I mixed the shrub with sparkling water and it was the palest pink… so pretty.
Enjoying… day-off naps. They've become a highlight! One recent day, I got out of bed in the morning and then crawled right back in… and got my nap in early that day!
Knitting… the next row on this/my panel is #405! I'm approaching "the end of May 1959," the "nighttime" stitch count is 19 now — almost exactly 1/3 of the daytime number — and there's only one more decrease before the nights start getting longer again!
Looking forward to… getting the upstairs (Airbnb) bathroom floor painted while Maddy & Viv are "here" but off on an adventure for a few days.
Needing… to get Organizing… my workroom… always and forever!
Planning… our trip to Scotland later this year. Kate & I will be putting our heads together in a few weeks to try and hash out what's reasonable. Our vacations — especially to places like Scotland — tend to be road trips and I'm using an app called Wanderlog to plot the course, which is extremely ambitious at this point and involves a few ferries. The ferry schedules alone are a trip, as both frequency and time can vary depending on the day of the week! One of my favorite things about the app is that it will "optimize the route," so it's easy to add whatever cairns, castles, standing stones and beaches we might be interested in without having to figure out the best way to get there myself. We'll see. So far, we have plane tickets, a rental car, and a hotel for one night in Inverness! So much more to do… Luckily, we'll be staying at Kate's for the few days in Edinburgh.
I've also purchased plane tickets for a trip to meet Kate in London around my birthday! It'll be a quick trip, the main impetus being an exhibition at the Fashion + Textile Museum — Kaffe Fassett: The Power of Pattern. The only other thing I really want to do in London is visit Harrod's. I'm sure that ideas will emerge.
Pondering… this bird nest situation at Ann's! Lordy, that is a high, narrow ledge on which to build a home & raise a family!
Reaching… Ullapool! I have just a little over 40% of the North Coast 500 virtual walk under my belt, and from "here" (heading north) it's all new to me!
Sewing (mending)… NOTHING! Maddy & Viv will be bringing home hole-y socks, plus I have one of Ali's, so maybe at least some darning will get done!
Watching… Shameless. Whoa. I'm sure this series isn't for everyone, but I'm enjoying it quite a bit. There are 11 seasons and I'm only a few episodes in with S2… so it'll be a while! William H. Macy has been nominated for 6 Emmys for his role as Frank Gallagher and it's not hard to see why. I'm also recording & watching (when time allows) MasterChef Back To Win, MasterChef Junior, and So You Think You Can Dance… I just can't help it.
But last night, y'all. I wasn't expecting to be so riveted by the first Jan. 6 House Committee hearing! I thought I'd wait & catch the highlights, but Ms. Cheney drew me right in and I could not turn away.
Wondering… What's up with you right now!? And wishing you a great weekend!