Sunday, April 23, 2017

Life: It Goes On - April 23

Greetings from pollen-laden Omaha. My allergies got so bad that I had to skip the March for Science here. Seriously unhappy about that. Were any of you able to join a march where you're at? Just like the women's march in January, I got a kick seeing all of the creative signs people were carrying around the world.

Thursday I did get out and get some good exercise in doing yard work. It felt so good to out in the sun, using the muscles you only seem to use when you're wielding a rake or a shovel. I finally got around to tearing out our compost pit. The plans I've had for a couple of years for a new compost pit will get put into motion in the next couple of weeks. I'm ridiculously excited by the prospect of at last being able to dispose of food waste in a way I don't feel guilty about again.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: I started Nell Freudenberger's The Newlyweds after finishing Homer and Langley. I've listened to a couple of discs now but I'm still not sure it's the right book for me right now. Still, it's got some things that interest me and I'm hoping it's going to suck me in so I'm not giving up on it yet.

Watching: I'm down to one more episode left of The Crown for season one. Then I'll have to wait six or so months for the next season, darn it. Trying to figure out what I want to watch next. Maybe Grace and Frankie. Or I may got back and rewatch The Gilmore Girl or Luther. Or go watch upstairs where we have Amazon and check out some interesting looks shows on that. There's really no reason to watch t.v. mindlessly any more, is there?

Reading: Elizabeth Strout's Anything Is Possible. It took me by surprise to find Lucy Barton (title character of her last book) appear in this book. In fact, the book is a collection of short stories about the people in the town Lucy grew up in. I'm enjoying Strout's writing, as usual; she's become one of my go-to authors. I would love to know if she had intended this collection as a follow up to Lucy Barton all along or if, in writing that one, discovered that Lucy's hometown had a whole lot of stories to tell as well.

Making: Nothing creative this week in the kitchen for me but we were able to bust on some pasta on the patio for the first time this year.

Planning: It's all about the wedding for the next 69 days here. 69 days! I can't believe we're only a little over two months from the big day.

Thinking About: Gardening. We'd like to get a jump on things so they look good by the end of June so we'll be starting to buy plants starting next week.

The Princess
Enjoying: This face! Any time I get a new picture of The Princess, it makes my day.

Feeling: Lighter, both emotionally and mentally. Yesterday I dropped of three boxes of material to be shredded at a free community shred event and will make another drop off at the Goodwill today. I'm officially at 51 "bags" at this point and am ready to start getting rid of some furniture. I can't wait!

Cheryl Strayed
Looking forward to: Going to see Cheryl Strayed, who is coming to Omaha as part of a Writer's Lecture series, Thursday with friends.

Question of the week: If you going to make one quick change to your home for the spring, what would it be?


  1. I'm sorry to hear about the allergies due to the high pollen level. You seem as if you're getting a lot done around the house and yard. Eating out on the patio sounds a pleasant. I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine after our time of being away from our UK home and then the Easter holiday period of family events. If we had the energy to move heavy furniture I would like to change our carpet in the through living room and put down easy maintenance wooden flooring.

  2. I'm so glad you enjoy Strout's books, too :) I loved My Name is Lucy Barton and loved Anything Is Possible even more. She wrote that book in tandem with Lucy, because she felt like she still had some stories to tell about those characters. Can't wait to read your thoughts on this book! Hope you have a great week :)

  3. The pollen is thick here too. All our allergies are getting the best of us, I'm afraid. I am sorry to hear yours are so bad too and that you had to miss the March for Science. What a turn out though! We spent a little time in the garden today, planting Mouse's plants. I hope the flowers/plants do well. She'll be heartbroken if they don't. Her past attempts have not met with success, I'm afraid. It doesn't help that her mother is completely inept when it comes to keeping plants alive. Except for my stubborn roses. Such an adorable photo of the princess. :-)

    I hope you have a great week, Lisa!

  4. I can't believe you have 69 days until the wedding either. That time is going to just fly!

    The Princess is so darn cute! Those cheeks!

    One quick change for the spring? We got new cushions for our sun porch furniture as well as a new rug. It is amazing how much it changes the room. The other thing I always do is change out duvet covers. It is a quick and easy way to change a bedroom for the season.

  5. I took a composting class once and at the end of it, we were all given bins. I did what I was supposed to do and it did turn into some rich material for my yard but keeping the pests away was hard. Lots of field mice. Lots of critters in general. I had to give it up.