More Summer Diversions

June 20, 2010

Here’s some of what’s been going on the last few weeks…  Lots of eating of quiescently frozen delights, for starters.  This is John enjoying chocolate gelato from Presti’s, which is my very favorite Italian bakery in Cleveland.  (This is saying something, because there are a LOT of them to choose from here.)  I also had the opportunity to try Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream recently (more on my trip to Columbus below), and I was blown away.  Goat Cheese with Tart Red Cherries, I love you so.

Gardening continues.  The radishes and carrots appear to be a bust, but I am incredibly hopeful about beans, tomatoes, and bell peppers.  The best I can say for the broccoli and Swiss chard is that I am cautiously optimistic.

I am still doing lots of library visits and reading.  One of the best things I have discovered of late is Goodreads, a kind of Ravelry for book lovers.  (Thank you so much, Becky!)  My to-read list is definitely more varied and interesting now.   In particular, I’ve been shamelessly stalking Lolly and Minty for their recent reads.  If you are on Goodreads, please send me a friend request!  I am Laura Brodbeck there.  If you’re not, and you love books, sign up!  It’s great fun.

Last Monday, I got to spend one incredibly hectic half a day at the yarn market at TNNA.  It was super super fun and inspiring, but I must admit, it and the drive from Cleveland left me a little dazed.  I did get to meet up very briefly with the awesome Elinor (who had B and Baby U in tow — both totally adorable), met and chatted briefly with Ysolda Teague and tried not to make a total ass of myself, had a lovely time visiting the Kelbourne Woolens booth (Kate and Courtney were both incredibly friendly), and helpfully pointed the Boss at the Yarn Shop in the direction of the Pagewood Farm booth (yay!).  I am really excited about Ysolda’s new book, Little Red in the City, and saw a beautiful mock-up of one of the patterns.  I am telling you, she has left no stone unturned.  These patterns look to me to have thought of everything that a knitter would need to know while working them.  Also, I love Kelbourne Woolens’ new fall cardigan collection, especially Winthrop.  That would make such a great sweater for a class.

As for my own knitting, it’s all about socks!  Maybe Elinor’s contest reignited my interest.  Maybe it’s just summer and I desperately need small projects.  But this is going to be my Summer of Socks, yes, it is.



June 3, 2010

I’m having a really hard time getting motivated today.  I can’t seem to get out of my chair.

It seems like a good day to stare at the roses …

… or watch a mourning dove plop down on the driveway for a spell …

… see if I can catch this gnome moving out of the corner of my eye …

… contemplate weighty questions …

… or just admire my new tablecloth.

Partial list of places I need to go today: grocery store, post office, website with information about forming a limited liability company.

Partial list of places I want to go today: back to sleep, a lawn chair with iced tea and a good book, possibly for a stroll at the local nature center.

Yep.  It’s summer.