Hello, dear readers. I’m finishing up the week with a hodgepodge of things that I’ve been doing and observing:
Our garden is just about over for the summer. Larry picked these cucumbers and peppers Thursday morning.
We were disappointed that the tomatoes didn’t do well. We also didn’t get any broccoli or fully-grown carrots. But we learned some things that we’ll put to good use next year.
The scarf I started knitting has morphed into a kitty blanket. I started out with a width that I thought was manageable and suitable for a scarf. But I quickly found that it’s almost too wide to keep on my needles.
I also discovered that it’s the right width for Chase Bird’s kitty bed that sits under the sofa table in the living room.
So it will be a soft blanket for Chase Bird to lie on.
Last weekend I read an excellent book by Elyn Saks: The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.
Saks is a law professor at the University of Southern California and has many more professional accomplishments.
In her book, she writes about her life with schizophrenia and how she built a life with work, friends, and love while battling it.
I didn’t want to put the book down. It was hard to read in places—she describes her psychosis with honesty and detail—but the way she fought through it to a good life is amazing and inspirational.
If you enjoy memoirs, you will enjoy this book.
We’re already seeing some acorns from the oak trees in the front yard. I’m so glad to see them. I hope we have a good crop this year for the animals. And I hope fall weather is not too far away.
This week’s weather in Central Virginia gave us a taste of fall—daytime temperatures in the 70s and low-mid 80s and some of the nights dipping into the 50s. I love fall, and I can’t wait for it to arrive.
But hotter weather is returning next week. Oh, well. Soon.
One thing about this time of year I don’t enjoy: allergies. I’m allergic to ragweed, and apparently, it has arrived. Itchy eyes, sneezing, sniffling—you get the idea.
Are there any signs of fall where you live? Do you even want to think about it? And what have you been up to this week?