So far so good! I have not bought any addition craft supplies, well that is not any purchases that are not totally justifiable. And yes, Kathy, it is a pledge we make and remake to ourselves on a regular basis.
I was in OCMD for the Air Show. We were on the boardwalk just above the VIP tents so we had the best view!
A trip to OCMD always includes a stop at Salty Yarns. I saw some things I liked and wanted but I resisted. I did however buy a pair of cheaters which fall into the category of "needed to finish a current project".
That justification is not even a stretch! It is totally legit. And I have to say, the real cheaters and not the 4 for $12 Amazon cheaters are nicer. I'd been using 4.0's for some time and had started to struggle with focusing. These are 3.0's and everything is crystal clear! LOL 20 days and counting on the pledge to make no purchases. I wonder how long I can keep this going……
March/April/lMay as well as September/October/November seem to be my busiest months. At the beginning of the June I had a day at home, with no where to go and nothing pressing on my list. Usual days when I have no where to go, I get up, put on garden clothes and head out side to dig and weed and transplant and then, quite frankly, collapse mid-afternoon sweaty and dirty from the lifting, lugging and heat. This particular Monday, I decided the yard and gardens would wait and I sat down to write out some cards, send out from checks (yes, I still write checks occasionally) balanced my checkbook (and yes, yet another archaic thing I do) did my report for my EGA meeting 4 days in advance rather than 30 minutes before the meeting and just generally sorted paper work on my desk. By 10 a.m., I was done and felt great. Those nagging tasks that niggle at the back corner of your brain, the ones I
tend to put off because I’d rather have my hands in the dirt or holding a needle, were gone. I don’t know why I make some tasks seem so tedious when if I actually just do them they are no big deal. I think it is that retirement thing....I'll do it tomorrow. Just like I used to tell me kids…"you have have the time if you take the time". Pass the salt while I eat my words!
We have had some beautiful weather the beginning of June. Sunny but not hot. It carried over through much of one week. One such day I looked at my infamous to-do list and decided to start cutting the hundreds of 2 1/2 inch squares of holiday fabric I needed for an EGA class in July…and another marvel, not waiting until the week of to start the cutting. Not wanting to miss the beautiful weather, I took everything outside to work. It was a great thing to do. Although more than once the wind did take a square or two and sailed them into the strawberry patch.
I resolved by the end of the day that once day a week I would do no yard work, go no where, but rather work on something totally different, not necessarily on my to-do list and just maybe I wanted to do rather than something I felt like I had to do. Mr. Wonderful suggested I take more than one day a week off. Well let’s not get crazy here, I do have my lists. He doesn’t understand how I never run out of things to do. Ahhhh, but life is so good. Two and a half years retired and not bored yet.....just living the good life.
I watched the Queen’s Jubilee as I am sure many of your did. Just love the Pomp and Circumstance. And oh that Prince Louis! Many of us have had a child like him! He is going to be a scamp for sure.
I caught up on my Garden of Stitches SAL. I am enjoying this piece but I have hit a wall for the time being.
I saw Top Gun Maverick - Awesome. It was the perfect thing to do before going to the air show with the Thunderbirds in OCMD. One of my favorite things was the use of the music from the original movie. The music is so synonymous to Top Gun I would have been disappointed if it was not in the second movie.
I am working on catching up on both guilds blog posts as well as the website of one. One guild done/one almost done. Talk about a niggling task that I put off. I dread doing the website updates. They are not needed frequently. It always seems once I learn to navigate the site, there is an upgrade to the platform and therefore the steps change! But once I get into it, it is usually not as difficult as I imagined it to be before I started. Just do it Robin!
On the same lines….just when I thought I would dedicate one morning each week to catch up on other blogs and make comments, there is a snafu, more commonly know as some kind of darned update. Some blogs have a new comment form where I must ‘identify’ myself as "Not Anonymous" but when I do it, it only takes me in a loop. Ugh! After a few go ‘rounds, I donned my garden gloves and go sit in the dirt! So Bloggers, don't despair, you are being read. Receiving my comments is a whole other issue.
My son gifted me with something. He has been pulling out the garden edging and the stones in his flower beds and wanted to know if I could use them….thought about half a minute and I had a plan. I replaced the bricks lining the my garden path in my Back 40 project and dug in the edging and then laid the stone and various pavers and bricks to create a better path through the area. See, one person’s trash is truly another person’s treasure. Now I don't need to get out the weed wacker for the path, just a spritz here and there for any grass that comes up through the stones. One of the things I like most about this area is that I have spent next to nothing on it. I’ve bought a couple of wine bark bushes and a couple of cone flowers but for the most part the flowers are transplants or seed packs just tossed in to grow. It is about 98% sweat equity!
Looking ahead to Christmas (what!) it's only June! There are five of us that are doing an Advent Exchange at Christmas and I have 19 or 20 of the necessary 24 already. I need to start the ‘assembling process’, make the gift tags and even start to wrap them. I think I have this on my August to do list to start August 1st. Five times 24 is 120 packages to wrap!!
Here’s to smooth sailing the rest of June, July and August. These are not the Dog Days of Summer, but the Robin Days of Summer. Much relaxing will be done, the pool water will warm up; this is the latest it has been before a first swim! Last weekend it was in the upper 60's. Beautiful weather, albeit not swimming weather. And much stitching will be done and much enjoyment will be taken from looking about the yard at the results of my hard work in the spring time. Oh, and yes, William has asked if he could come spend a week as Damma's now that school is out…watch out Damma!
I'll leave you with some early morning photos of my yard walk. This is one of my favorite times of the day to be in the garden, when the shadows are long, and the fragrances are strong. Heck, who am I kidding, I'd prefer to be out here most of the time as is evidenced by breakfast, lunch and dinner on the deck.
Thanks for stopping by. Keep safe and keep in stitching.