I cleaned up the screen porch after too many weeks of it being taken over by seedlings and gardening tools. Now we can enjoy the twinkly lights and rain soaked evenings - which there has been no shortage of.
My neighbor has the prettiest flower gardens and she gifted us a bouquet of peonies and iris as a thank you for watching her pup one day. That was no trouble at all because her pup happens to be Scout's best friend 'til the end (aside from Adam - his hero), so they played and played and played together all day long.
I've never thought of myself as a collector of things but over the last year or so I've realized that I do indeed collect a few things. No knick-knacks though, I can't do those. Pottery, yarn, fabric, well made baskets... it's hard to resist any of those things. Some new pottery came my way last week and I'm smitten with it. Taking a class would be such fun! There hasn't been a pottery wheel in front of me since high school but I think it's time.
Speaking of baskets (sort of), you know the bolga baskets we all love? And how sometimes when you find the perfect one at the co-op (that's where we get ours), they're perfect in every way style-wise but sometimes bent way out of shape? The tag says to soak them in water then reshape. I finally did that and it works beautifully! I didn't soak them in a tub but I threw them all out on the back deck to absorb the deluge of rainfall we've had recently. Once they were soaked they actually got super hard and moldable, so I molded them to nice round shapes and let them dry. After they dried they became soft and basket-like again but retained their nice and round shape. It was pretty cool how well it worked. I've never made a basket in my life but I'd love to. My mom had a friend years ago that was a talented basket maker and they would trade crocheted crafts for baskets... I now have that entire basket collection, probably twenty of them, and they are the most well-made baskets I own. I should take a picture of them in one big pile someday. You'd love the collection too.
Let's see... Emily had her Spring formal dance and it was lovely again this year. Holy cow those homeschoolers love to dance. What a party! And I continue to be grateful to David's Bridal for being the only place on earth we can find a formal dress that Emily likes (and that fits, and that is appropriately styled). Chiffon really is the best fabric for a dancing dress, so flowy and soft. Who would have thought David's Bridal would come through? But... I'd love to go redesign their stores. No bride should have to shop for a wedding dress under harsh fluorescent lighting. Blech.
With all the rain we've had I've been trying to keep up with all things green and leafy out in the garden. So far I've managed to pick the large and lovely lettuce leaves before each storm so nothing has turned to mush on the ground. As for the strawberries, thank goodness I remembered to put straw down because those beauties wouldn't stand a chance if they were touching mud for this long.
Well, that was a whole bunch of random - but a brief snapshot of the week around here, no less. I hope June is treating you well too, with all the good kind of busyness she brings! xo