THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Sunday we finished the annual Grandma Road Trip weekend during which Biscuit brings my brother’s four kids, now ages 13, 12, 6, and 4 to visit. This year highlighted how challenging it can be to have two “big girls” and two “little guys.” As I tried to visit with “the Biggies,” as they are called, “the Littles” kept doing distracting little kid things! We’re thinking next year maybe doing two Grandma Road Trips so we can focus on each pair better with more age-appropriate activities. I’m looking forward to that.
Monday, which is Memorial Day in the U.S., is typically the marker for getting your plants. My birthday was May 5th, and Biscuit and Dad gifted me four shepherd’s hooks and some gloves, a branch cutter, a little shovel, etc. Nick’s gift was flowers for those hooks, but we didn’t want to get them until Memorial Day due to concerns about frost. I found some lovely, huge plants on sale and eagerly await the 100-foot garden hose I ordered online. Before we got to the flower place, we shared a 10-piece nug and large fries from Wendy’s. I sneakily ordered food to share on purpose; it was our 13th anniversary. Nick forgot, and typically I forget, and I’m happy about that. I love and value this person every single day, so doing something together on our anniversary kind of feels like everyday stuff to me.
Gardening has become a spooky endeavor. It may be because I’ve been so anxious lately, but at one point I got a twig from the lilac bush stuck in my hair, and it started bapping me on the neck. I swore it was a bat and freaked out. Then, as I was pulling up more of those devilish thistles, a fat toad moved right next to me, and I let out a scream like Leslie Ann Warren in Clue. I’m not even afraid of toads.
Last note: though I am not formally participating in 20 Books of Summer, I’ve started thinking about which books I’d like to get to before school begins. Do any of these interest you that you’d like me to get to sooner?
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
Thanks to Sue @ Whispering Gums, I was introduced to Elizabeth von Arnim — specifically, the novela Vera, which is based on one of the author’s marriages. How strange that a book about a controlling narcissist is marketed as funny, but perhaps von Arnim found her own ex so ridiculous. I felt like I was reading a sort of domestic thriller in which we’re all wondering, “Is this abusive?”
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
If there Internet has told me anything in the past few weeks, it’s that the world is appalled by our gun violence in the United States. Perhaps you’re surprised to know we don’t even report on all of it. Next Wednesday, I’ll post my thoughts on the state of affairs and the memoir A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 180
Owned Books on TBR Today: 178