Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Life Lately

It's been some time since I wrote a Life Lately post, or, any post at all, truthfully. Life has been busy, indeed. I won't be able to capture just how busy in this post, alone but; I am going to do my best to document some of what we've been up to since the beginning of the month.

I decided to make a more concerted effort to spend less time on my phone and more time doing things that don't include screens. This includes reading more, so; I purchased a few books (I decided to include my Kindle in the screen ban). So far, I've finished two out of the three books that I purchased. 

I am working on the shoes that Shanti will be wearing at the reception in August. The Man-Cub's are up next.

I've been spending as much time as possible with the Boomer Dog. He loves going into the hardware store with me on Sunday mornings, where he gets to fraternize with Otis.

Shanti and I are still plugging away at the flower arch for the ceremony. It's been more fun than I expected, and is turning out better than I'd feared.

I don't know if I've mentioned that I am getting a new clothing subscription box or not. If not, I'll do that now. I used to have a Stitch Fix membership, but was consistently disappointed in the selection that my stylists sent me, so I unsubscribed quite a while ago. 

I'm now subscribed to Wantable, and, so far, I am impressed. The quality of the clothing is decent, and, while the price point is sometimes ridiculous; I do generally find myself keeping a few items from each box. I only get a box every three months, so it doesn't feel at all overwhelming, either.

I kept three items from my most recent box, including a tee shirt, sundress, and a pair of palazzo pants (not pictured).

Since it is already May, I feel somewhat behind on my spring household chores. I did, however, manage to power wash the porch. Unfortunately, I haven't done much else. My ancient wicker set is showing its age in ways that I deemed unacceptable, so I ordered a new set and am awaiting delivery. Once I receive the new set, I will finish opening the porch, but, in the meanwhile; it feels good not to have to look at utter filth every time I step out the front door.

In addition to getting the porch washed, I also got the raised beds planted. I'm doing something completely different this year; I'm planting flowers instead of vegetables. We are hoping to have enough flowers this summer to fill the vases for the centerpieces at the wedding; this will cut down on the flower budget for Shanti's parents, as well as fitting the vintage wildflower theme that Shanti is hoping to achieve for the reception.

There's a little pressure there, to be honest.

Since I'm a little worried about starting all of the flowers from seed, I will also be planting some summer perennials in the flowerbeds and on the berm in the front yard. Luckily, the local nurseries are jam packed with options right now.

While I'm not doing a vegetable garden, I am still planning to pick up some tomatoes and peppers for the pots in the garden. I also grabbed my usual basil plant for the kitchen window. I added a water globe that is supposed to be a mushroom, but that strongly resembles a chubby penis. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet.

The weather hasn't exactly been nice here in Petticoat Junction, but the lilacs have started blooming, regardless. I love lilacs and wish that Hugh and I had been successful in establishing some around our house, alas, we were not. So, I have been gathering cuttings from the bushes in the backyard at Not So New Job and enjoying them, there.

And, on a completely unrelated topic; here is a totally gratuitous picture of Guinness. He's been more clingy than usual and it's become standard protocol for him to cuddle in the minute I sit down. I'm not complaining.

And, since we are now on the topic of cats; here is a recent picture of Queen B and Nemo, who is almost 100% recovered from her amputation. She's adapted pretty well to life on three paws, and has returned to her usual sweet self (she was...not sweet...there for a minute. Understandably, I mean, of course).

And that's about it for life lately. I would apologize for the photo dump, but, since this is the only post I've managed so far this month, I feel somewhat justified.


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