Once again I am a bit groggy! I was up at 5:30 a.m. to let Mable out (of course) and went back to bed. Normally I don't fall asleep after letting her highness out, but I will rest for 30 or 45 minutes before getting up. This morning? I did fall back asleep until 7:45 a.m.! And, I went to bed early last night. Guess that once again I needed the sleep. Anyway, I'm moving slowly and just sipping my first cup of coffee. Fortunately work email is quiet.
Yesterday I ended up walking along the trail that runs between the canal and the Schuylkill River. One of my favorite spots to walk. I did not see any blue herons, but everywhere there was a branch sticking out of the canal water, there were turtles basking in the sun.
Fitzwater Station, a bar/pub/restaurant along the canal was doing a brisk business on their deck. They also rent canoes and kayaks. Though I did not see anyone on the water, the boats were all lined up ready for use.
I only walked 1.5 miles. It was HOT (my car thermometer was reading 77) and I was in jeans - I should have switched to capri leggings before I left the house. And, it was buggy! Lots and lots of flying insects around and many of them were landing on my hands and arms as well as my face.
Most likely I will not get out today. I'm starting to ramp up for vacation. Today I am doing a final load (or loads as the case may be) of laundry before we take off and I want to start organizing stuff to pack. It's pretty cloudy and damp outside anyway. I haven't looked, but rain may be in the forecast.
Meanwhile, it's time to link up with Kat and her Merry Band of Unravelers to talk Making and Reading. As I posted earlier in the week, the Pi Socks are finished. Fletch has worn them (and they are in the pile of laundry to be washed today - lol) and loves them! They fit him perfectly. Naturally I had to cast on for another pair immediately!
Another plain sock and this one may be for me...not sure. The yarn is from West Yorkshire Spinners and the colourway is "Goldfinch." There are lovely pops of yellow and red making this a fun sock to knit. There are 15 rows of ribbing and so far 70 rows on the leg. Next up is the heel flap and turn. This yarn will go on vacation with me and hopefully sock #1 and #2 will both be completed. I also have another skein of yarn in the bag to cast on a new pair.
On the reading side of life - you can see what I am reading above. Trespasses by Louise Kennedy which just happens to be the next Read With Us selection. We will be discussing this book in June. I had no difficulty getting it from my library and so far (a little over 100 pages in), it is a very good read. This should make for a lively RWU Zoom discussion.
I did finish Unraveling by Peggy Orenstein and I highly recommend this book. It was an interesting read. Her chapters on dyeing and the color blue were particularly interesting. Did you know that eons ago languages did not have a word for "blue?" Then Colin told me that there is no word in Chinese for the color orange. This fascinates me. Anyway, the book is so much more than just about Peggy learning to shear a sheep, dye the wool and make a sweater.
Fletch and I started listening to Words of Mercury by Patrick Leigh Fermor. Back in the 30's Fermor took off on a long walk...wandering from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople! What a time to be wandering through Europe! We had read two of his travel memoir books years ago and thoroughly enjoyed them. "Words of Mercury" contains his writing from varied sources. Some from the two books we have read, but other chapters are from other books. The narrator is perfect!
Well, this has turned into a lengthy post. Thanks for sticking with me! I'll leave you with a partial shot of my kitchen windowsill looking out back. The African Violet continues to bloom like crazy! And is joined by a couple of daffodils that were leaning over and needed to be rescued from the ground!