It is the second week of August. I noticed that there has been a shift in the light and that there is a change in the yard. Sometimes I can complain continuously of the rainy-ness that makes lawn mowing a necessity. I know that we are blessed to have rain. I know intellectually that rain is a blessing. It isn't a blessing to wait until 7pm or 7:30 pm to mow because of the heat. Taking a shower can't take the stickiness away. Rain also equates higher humidity.
Yet, the light has shifted. The cicadas and crickets are noisy. The web worms are making bigger and bigger messes. Leaves are beginning to break away and fly around through the air. The robins have migrated back. I have seen large groups of blackbirds migrating through.
All these minute changes that one takes for granted. It really sneaks up on us. We are so used to summer and we isolate ourselves in our air-conditioned spaces. Yet-when one sits quietly on a porch or outside, the changes are all around us.
I don't want to be one of those people who suddenly realize it is time to get the woolens out. I want to notice all the changes that move us towards the woolens. We only have about six weeks until Autumnal Equinox. I want to feel and hear and smell and see the changes.
So, I finally finished the second pair of Roxanne's socks. I told her I am taking a break from sock knitting. She has a fantasy going that I am going to be her personal sock knitter. I am going to figure out a way to get out of this gracefully.
I started knitting Persian Tiles, but I am not doing much knitting. I also picked up the Striped Blanket again. It is going fast. It is worsted weight yarn on bigger needles. I find that larger needles make my hands tired. So really not a lot of knitting.
I went to Fiber Christmas in July, and I was really good. I did buy two braids of roving of different colorways. I am combining them into a really pretty yarn. I finished my book on tape, and so I stopped yesterday at the end of that. It is satisfying to me to listen as I spin. I love my library loaning system over the internet.
I have also been watching some of the Olympics. I finally realized what it is about the televised mess that was off-putting the last Olympics. The commentators pick and choose what they show to their audience and they tell all these stories. I love when they build up all this crap about the athlete and then interview them after an event. The poor athlete is trying to catch a breath and normalize his body systems. The silly cow sticks a microphone into the athlete's face and asked a stupid question. Last night she asked Michael Phelps about pre-race jitters with his opponent doing something stupid right in front of him. Michael Phelps looked perplexed and looked at the monitor. "Oh, I wasn't even noticing that. I was just watching the race before mine on the monitor." He smiles and walks off. No drama there.
I finally had enough and turned on Netflix.
Noodles is beginning to show signs of change. I am trying a state of denial and making up excuses for his silly behavior. I am also beginning to get glimpses of truth edging in. He is much more needy than he has ever been. He is still killing, just not eating as much of the wild. I guess it is inevitable that his age is beginning to show.
I am going to stop now. I need to shower and get ready for an appointment in town today. I decided to combine several errands that can be done in that part of town. Ugh! I hate traffic in Fayetteville. It is just going to get worse as the college students trickle back for Fall semester. Another sign of age creeping in on me, I guess.
No new news on the brother front. B is still traveling with his job. He also spends a lot of free time on his boat with his dog. K hasn't shared anything more about L. She is so extremely secretive.
CJE and AE are going to Sante Fe for a week. Time for AE's birthday trip to the Opera.
CF is thrilled that I ordered her a new practice book on her flute.
And my LYS should be back from holiday.
Nothing else new on the home front.
It is time also for the Tontitown Grape Festival. Will have to stay away from that part of town.
Stay cool and get out to notice changes around you.