Was the past week hot for you? Goodness, it was ultra steamy here. The summer days are a blur with getting outside before the heat of the day, staying inside until right before dinner time. Then we take a quick swim in the pool so we can head back into the cool air-conditioned house. How can it be so hot so soon? Luckily, the powers that be are claiming that we will get a reprieve. I hope that is true.
If you've noticed, I've been spending my Fridays documenting the flowers in the back yard about to bloom. I love how the camera focuses my attention to these details that ordinarily I would take for granted.
Have you noticed that there really aren't that many insects around anymore. Well, let me rephrase that. There are plenty of mosquitos and biting flies. Oh and those lovely carpenter ants have decided to enter my home. I have taken it personally and it's an all out war on my turf. I have baits outside the house and inside the house. I shall win! (the inside baits are child resistant and taped down so someone doesn't bat it around...)
The insects that are missing are the bees and butterflies. I get excited when I do see a lonely honeybee. I remember as a child, they were everywhere and I was always crying and running into the house for fear of being stung. Because of my paranoia, I wasn't stung until I was 16 years old.
The bee balm and butterfly bush tend to attract those rare beauties. Sometimes I spy a hummingbird if I'm lucky.
Frodo decided this year to be afraid of fireworks, He's going to be nine years old this year so he can decide that. Well half afraid. If he is awake and he hears it, he wants to sit on my lap. When the fireworks boom and shake the house, he isn't a fan. But the far-away sounds he can sleep through and forget about. I don't know if Holly likes them or not.
If Frodo is sitting on my lap, he is invincible and fearless. That is exactly how I feel when I am at home.
My back strain continues to improve daily but it's not fast enough and I'm impatient. So you know the cure, you know where I'm heading....I cast on a new project to mollify my angst. I've been spending the past week trying to decide what to do with seven mini-skeins in a Dr Who colorway (yay!).
Do I want a hat? cowl? shawl?
I spent tons of time on Ravelry trying to decide. Planning knitting is nearly as satisfying as actually knitting. I found this hat pattern and I'll see how it goes. I'm hopeful that I can pull off the colors nicely.
How is your summer? Do you like hot weather?