Regular summers, ones without Me Made, I always feel that summer doesn’t start until my vacation start. That usually happens in the beginning of July and I spend the entire month of June looking forward to my vacation and the beginning of summer. Then vacation starts and I all of a sudden realize that we’re way into summer and that I’ve missed it so far. This happens every summer.
This year though, with being home with Me Made, I’ve indeed missed a lot but I’m well aware it’s summer. That’s the one thing I’ve really noticed. We’re not even in the first week of July yet and it feels like an eternity. We still have two full months left till school starts again and I have a feeling this will be a really long summer, for better or worse. I will try to enjoy as much as I can of it.
We had a blackout tonight. Everything just went black when the power shut off – lamps, the TV, wifi, everything. If you are going to have a blackout, mid-June is the best time since it’s so light outside anyway. Indoors is a bit dusky but you can still see to do most things, especially if you sit by the window. If I hold a book up to the light coming in from the window I can see to read.
What I can’t do though is to knit on my black cardigan. Had I picked a different color it wouldn’t have been a problem (well, navy would be hard too) but now, with my black yarn, it’s simply not possible. I’ll probably just go to bed instead.
And to think I’m less than a sleeve from finished!
Midsummer Eve and the lightest days of the year (I know, technically summer solstice was yesterday) and Me Made’s first. We spent the day at my mum’s with friends and food and some very good advice. We’ve had a little break through concerning a baby bouncer, a pacifier and falling asleep in a stroller – grandma simply is the best.
Oh, and there were strawberries. And knitting.
Summer truly is here. Today was lovely, not too warm but maybe a little on the windy side. We took a walk, Me Made and me, and met up with friends at the playground, and we both had a great time, one walking and chatting and the other one sleeping. That’s pretty much all we did today but it was enough. I hope we get more days like that this summer.
One thing I’ve found is that I could never manage as a teacher without my basket. It’s where I put my pens, my papers, my computer, my books and booklets and everything else I might need, so I can carry it to my classroom. Before I got a basket I kept forgetting things and had to fiddle a lot with holding everything in one hand while trying to unlock the door with the other. Now with my basket, I just put it on the floor while I open the door and I still have everything I need and then some. It’s perfect! Not to mention it’s pretty!
Now though, during summer, my basket was just standing there and I wondered what to do with it. At the same time I realized that my little stash problem, and by that I mean that there is limited space in my stash while I keep buying new yarn and not knitting it in the same rate as I buy it, was still very much a problem. There were yarn but no space. Eventually I got it. I had a basket on summer vacation, a device meant to hold things, and things that needed to be held. Obviously my basket, being on summer vacation as it is, needed to do what I do while on vacation: play with yarn.
Although, it actually didn’t hold as many skeins as I had expected…
It’s summer out there but I’m spending most of my days indoors. I know it’s light and that everything is blooming and to dampen this case of fear of missing out I try to take pictures of everything summer-y whenever I get the chance, that and to smell the flowers, just to remember that it is summer and I’ve actually seen it.
I know it’s not that bad. There will be other weeks and other months and other summers, other roses and other light skies and other sunsets. It will be fine. I know that.
Today is World Wide Knit in Public Day and I didn’t think I would have the opportunity to do it but I did. I was at a café for lunch and I got to knit a bit while waiting for the food. I’m moving forward on my black cardigan. It’s slow but still a lot faster than I expected. The back is done and I’m half way through the first front.
The lunch I was waiting for, well, I’ve been waiting for it for quite some time. During the last year I haven’t been able to eat goat cheese but now, finally, I got to do it again. What a day, knit in public and goat cheese!
Today Me Made and me took a little field trip and visited grandma at work. Grandma was happy but Me Made was more interested in food and showed no interest in the words written on the board. That’s fine when you’re only four weeks old. Then we all went for coffee and a walk and had a very pleasant afternoon. The weather is a bit warmer again and wool is not an option. I wonder if we will ever have to wear wool again this summer. Maybe I have to knit a light short sleeved cotton cardigan for Me Made as well as for myself…
Today we took another important step towards summer. We had strawberries (and rhubarb and cake). Strawberries are a very important ingredient when it comes to summer and I will keep eating them all summer long.
Today I had my final exam this semester and now I’m on summer vacation from studies and on parental leave from work. It’s quite nice, I must say, and U celebrated by finishing a baby sock, the second in the pair. Summer vacation means that while I also take care of little Me Made, I can do whatever I want when Me Made is asleep. That means I can sleep, which will probably happen, but I can also knit, which is also likely to happen. Summer is here and for once I can enjoy it this early without having to stress at work while waiting for vacation at the beginning of July. I will try and make the most of it, together with my knitting and my Me Made. I’ll start by looking at the flowers.