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Behind The Scenes: happy + garden

This week has been “Summer-weather” hot here in Baltimore.

I don’t generally love Summer. I am a pale-skinned girl with a sensitivity to hot temps and humidity – yes, I know, why am I living in B’more again? – and I tend to wilt in the heat. HOWEVER… my garden LOVES this weather. And since I LOVE my garden, this makes me happy. [Mostly.]

Rob and I have tried to stay busy, as we do, without melting. For me, this included some reading, some spinning, some Squeegee Cat cuddles, and sometimes treating myself to fresh fruit and coffee with whipped cream. For Rob, it was all about woodworking and doing more polymer clay creations. We really don’t ever stop. 😉

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero

bts happy garden

I’ve been getting ready for both the Spinning Seminar at The Mannings – which happens this coming Saturday, June 8th, and you can read more about it in this week’s Community Thursday post – and also for Tour de Fleece. [GO TEAM NEVERMORE!]
tdf 2013
We’ve had LOTS of folks signing up for our TdF team, and also volunteering prizes… this is going to be GOOD. I think this year, I’ll be looking to crank out as many yarns as I can, AND try to spin at least three new-to-me fibers. That’s the tentative plan, at least.

For the Spinning Seminar, I have a lot of stuff that needs to get done before Saturday. I am demonstrating spinning Creative Yarns [of course, right?] and I’ll need to make sure I have plenty of singles spun for all my demo yarns, as well as getting all my add-ins and core yarns and the like in order ahead of time. Being organized is the key to having a good demonstration!
I also need to gather all the things I’ll have in my booth to show off the various ways one can use these creative yarns. I’ll have the loan of some of the Spin Artiste collection, which is super generous of Arlene, especially as she has some amazing things that will really inspire the folks who come to the booth. As I wouldn’t even being demo’ing at this event if it wasn’t for her, I want to make sure it’s everything she could hope for it to be. That’s a great motivator to have it be super-awesome!

whippy cream

This is really what I’m all about right now, though. Locally roasted coffee from Zeke’s, topped with real whipped cream, with a side of tiny strawberry from my garden. ♥ ♥ ♥

We have tiny peppers forming, carrot fronds ALL over the place, fat sweet-n-spicy radishes, scallions slowly filling out, cucumbers starting their flowers, tender lettuces all throughout, and tomatoes TOWERING over all.

I love my little garden that Mom and Rob and I worked so hard to make happen. It is so, so happy-making.

Now if I can just somehow convince Mom that we NEED chickens…


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