Moving to this island with it's totally different climate and flora has really taught me to notice the little details of the plants and trees better. Everything is unfamiliar. I do have a lot to learn...
... happy that my ear infections seems to be over (well, almost)
... annoyed to have to admit that I now have a headache though. A real three-day one, I think. I woke up with it yesterday and it's still there.
... kind of pleased with myself that I haven't taken any painkillers yet. Even though I always stick to paracetamol and ibuprofen (we don't even have anything stronger), I feel I sometimes take too much. I would love to be able to do without (even paracetamol can cause rebound headaches - my mom suffered from this). So I'm trying to sit this headache out. So far, so good.
... looking forward to doing a bit of weeding in the overgrown part of the garden. I try to fill up the wheelbarrow at least once a day. That takes me about half an hour. Totally doable and it does make a difference.
... trying to remind myself to make that phone call to my father (we have set times for our talks) an hour earlier. Summertime started in The Netherlands last weekend and on Monday I totally forgot about that.
... still trying to find my blogging routine. I've had my moments, but that's a long time ago. Thinking about picking up the daily picture thing this month.
... thinking about a lot of things that I don't want to post here. Maybe I need to start journaling to get some things off my chest.
... not too happy with where this blog post is going (too much complaining) and not sure what else to say. I'll end it here and give you some beautiful skies instead.
I'm already through the (not so) tricky part, working on the body now. It may even be ready before the weather here gets so hot that I can't even think about wearing a sweater...
That other project? Yeah... well... it's coming along slowly. But please remind me never, ever to buy pink yarn again. I'm so not into that color...
So, my knitting To Do is simple for the next week:
- work on sweater (finish it?)
- work on bag (or toss it aside?)
I also have some sewing projects on my mind:
- make some skirts or dresses (I need more cloths and shops are closed right now - we're in a lockdown again. I do have enough fabric to make some simple skirts, I just need to get myself to do it)
- make some aprons to wear in the garden, with pockets that are sturdy enough for pruning shears and other smaller tools, but I also need a pocket to safely put my phone in (that's the only disadvantage of wearing sun dresses and simple skirts year round - no pockets).
linking up with Chris' Tuesday To Do
Oops, fell off the blogging bandwagon already... It's been a weird week. Haven't been feeling so well, T. was sick too and we're in full lockdown again on the island (only allowed on the street to for necessary errands twice a week).
Also, I was (am) a bit stressed about work. I have a really big novel to proofread and some tax forms to fill in. But I'm getting there, slowly.
Anyway, I thought I'd pop in with some garden pictures.
I almost didn't post this picture. I found it a bit disappointing and not just because the resized picture is kind of blurry (the original isn't). I have this vision in my head of how it will look someday, but you have to have a strong imagination to actually see it, I guess. But it will be nice to see the progress, so here we go. There will be paths around this part of the garden with that white gravel you can see by the house. I'm planting trees (mostly fruit trees) and I will add bushes and herbs when those are settled.
(linking up with Chris' Tuesday To Do)
I guess it's quite fitting for my crafting these days that I thought I had taken a picture of my knitting and then it seems I didn't. It wasn't on my camera and I hadn't deleted old pictures yet. Weird. So, this is what you get. A not so great picture, since the sun is not completely up yet and it's raining too...
Anyway, it is fitting, since this is what I've been doing this week. Knitting round and round, hoping for the blue to change into a happier color (and dreading the pink, since that's not really my favorite color). Not knitting as much as I hoped either. But it is always within reach. That's a start.
I'm experimenting with knitting a bag without a pattern, but I'm not sure where I'm going with this prototype. It is wonderful comfort knitting though and I guess I will find some use for it eventually, so I'll just keep going.
Last weeks list:
- Julia directed me to this cardigan and I think I'd like to make it. Perfect for the colder evenings (I know you're laughing, but goodness, I've been so cold this "winter". Only 75 Fahrenheit/24 Celsius most nights) - still need to print that pattern and cast on for it
- I also have an idea for a simpler project that I can just wing without too much thinking (because a. I knit mostly at night, when I can't read a pattern and b. I'm just so tired most of the time). Going to try that and I'll show you next week (or not if it fails) - as seen above. Knitting on, but not really sure where I'm going
- stop myself from getting overly enthusiastic. Startitis has not helped my knitting mojo these past two years. Too overwhelming, I guess. One big project and one easy project should be enough for now. But that doesn't mean I can't make plans... ;-) - Um, yeah. Knitting mojo is disappearing again, even without startitis. But I'll try to hang on. I missed it too much.
This weeks list:
- print that pattern and cast on for that cardigan
- keep knitting that bag
- find time to sew (I need dresses and/or skirts badly)
Right now I am...
:: feeling a bit restless. So much to do today, so little time.
:: nursing an ear infection. Hoping this one won't rip my eardrum like the last time it got this bad. It's my other ear now and I fear my hearing will suffer.
:: looking back at a wonderful weekend anyway. We rested, T. had some computer work to do (big new client), I worked in the garden (I'll show you later in the week) and it was all good.
:: wondering why I didn't take any pictures except for the sunsets. Oh well.
:: looking forward to this morning. My daughter and her twin sister will be at the brides shop to pick out her wedding dress. My other daughter and I will be watching through a video call. Covid restrictions don't allow more than two clients in a shop. But this will have to do.
:: hoping to get some work done after that.
:: telling myself that the garden can wait another day. Or two (need to go grocery shopping tomorrow).
:: trying to be gentle to myself. Why is that so hard?
:: wishing you all a great week. Bon siman!
I was planning to do a garden tour, with lots of explanations and things like that, but... well... my garden is still a big mess. And I don't really have time right now to write blog posts like that. But I do want to get into a blogging routine again, so I decided to just post some random garden pictures this week.
My moringa tree. One of three actually. I grew them from seeds. This one is the highest. Almost four metres already (they tend to go up first and spread out after that). It's hard to see in the picture, but it's blooming. I plan to plant more of these trees (already have some seedlings going), since we drink moringa tea daily (for it's healing properties) and it would be nice to harvest that from my own garden.
Joining in with Chris' Tuesday To Do today!
Not that I really had a crafty to do list. Truth to be told, my knitting has been very scarce this past few months. Or maybe even this past year, I don't know. But I felt like knitting again and I had two unfinished projects. So maybe that was my list this week. Finish those.
First up: potholders. I know, not very exciting. But when I started them (I don't even remember how long ago) I thought some easy knitting would help me to get back into it. It didn't at the time and I had a bit of a hard time getting through four basic squares, but I did it. And well, there is something really satisfying about knitting stuff I actually use on a daily basis.
The second project I didn't even remember. I did have a vague memory of a hat that I abandoned when I needed to change to dpn's for top shaping, but I thought it was grey. Ha! Should have known better.
Anyway, I did the top and actually had fun. And now I have (another) green hat that I don't wear. But I do love it.
And that concludes my unfinished business. I love a clean slate.
Next weeks list:
- Julia directed me to this cardigan and I think I'd like to make it. Perfect for the colder evenings (I know you're laughing, but goodness, I've been so cold this "winter". Only 75 Fahrenheit/24 Celsius most nights)
- I also have an idea for a simpler project that I can just wing without too much thinking (because a. I knit mostly at night, when I can't read a pattern and b. I'm just so tired most of the time). Going to try that and I'll show you next week (or not if it fails)
- stop myself from getting overly enthusiastic. Startitis has not helped my knitting mojo these past two years. Too overwhelming, I guess. One big project and one easy project should be enough for now. But that doesn't mean I can't make plans... ;-)
What's on your list?