Nothing Gold Can Stay

But that’s alright, I hate summer anyway :).  The heat, as I’m sure many can attest to, has been brutal.  August is the first of fall and I couldn’t be happier to see it. I’m starting to feel the increase in energy, and I’m working on getting things happily humming along again.

My 365 project has picked up, mostly because I’m addicted to Instagram.  Easier to use than Hipstamatic because you can capture the moment and then choose the look, instead of choosing film and lens and flash first. I didn’t really get into the whole social aspect of it, but after seeing so many great shots on blogs I read, I started following people.  More fun than Facebook!

Napping in the window sill

The garden has been doing good, although I wouldn’t have tried container gardening again if I had realized how much heat there would be.

First haul from the garden

Steve still has 6 weeks of physical therapy left before he’ll be back to normal activity.  He’s going a bit stir crazy, so in the name of getting him out of the house I dragged him to see the last Harry Potter movie with me.  It was amazing, as was the italian restaurant we ate at afterwards.

It’s crazy that Harry Potter is over.  The first book came out when I was 17, and I read them when I was growing up, as in during the  ‘in my twenties and have to make adult decisions’ phase.  It’s a bit weird for me that that era has passed, and now I’m in the same place as the end of the book-grown up and married.

I will say that it’s nothing compared to the feelings I had when I read the last book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.  I read the first book when I was 11.  It was published in 1982.  The last book came out in 2007.  22 years.  As I noted today (in the comments of Alyssa’s post on books) those books were more than a phase.  They’re a part of my life.  I still have dreams about them.

So, any book recommendations?  My goal, as you can see if you’re on Goodreads (and if you are add me), is 100 books this year.  I’m a quarter of the way there. iBooks is simultaneously amazing (instant books! best. thing. EVAR) and bad for me (yikes I spend a lot more money now).  But it’s so nice not to have to track down a book, or pay shipping for it.

Duke is also a bit off from the heat.  I haven’t really walked him in a while, because he overheats easily, so I usually end up running around in the backyard with him spraying both of us with the hose

Smells like wet dog

Luckily he’s easily amused.  The cats, not so much.

She drives Duke nuts because he knows she's there but can't see her

I’ve given up completely on the granny square project and switched to scrapping instead.  My ambitious project is to do a book of my childhood and Steve’s told in photos and family recipes.  It helps greatly that my mom is a photographer. 🙂  I’ll end up crocheting again in the fall and winter, I should’ve known I lose all motivation for needle arts in summer.  Actually I lose motivation for anything other than lying in front of a fan and bitching about the heat.

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