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up with the sun

May 20th, 2010
Morning in the back yard
A bunch of herbs

Lettuces and Tomatoes

A vest in Honor

Let me say it up front. I love Spring. As I get older, it’s becoming my favorite of the seasons. I crave the extra hours of daylight from now until late-June. I crave the first dry and sunny mornings, when bike riding to work is a joy in short sleeves and a skirt. I love how green and fresh everything is, like the world is enjoying a good deep stretch after a long, cold winter.

Rain or shine, I have biked (or walked) to and from work every day for about a month now. In addition to enjoying the relatively flat ride, biking gives me an extra hour every day. My commute is about 20 minutes; easily half that of taking public transit.

This morning, I decided to forgo an extra hour of sleep in favor of getting up at 6 and spending a peaceful morning working on pattern stuff… in the back yard.

We don’t so much have a yard as an extended patio. Our “yard” is about 20 feet long and 13 feet wide, a mixture of landscaping and brick work. Because of the dogs, we’ve opted for container gardens, which are starting to really fill in with lettuces and tomatoes and herbs.

We just have room for a small patio table, so I sat there, enjoyed a couple cups of coffee, and took another pass through Watershed to clarify some questions I’ve gotten from knitters.

I love being outside in the morning, and I love having a few hours of quiet before my day really starts going. The only problem? I wanted to go for a run today, and it was tough to tear myself out of my little quiet patio.


It’s a three day weekend here in Canada, and we still haven’t decided what – if anything – to do with ourselves. The campgrounds are going to be nutso, and we’re contemplating driving to St. Charles to visit the family. (Dad’s still in the nursing home and just came down with Pneumonia, but is otherwise doing ok.) If not, I’m going to enjoy spending time working on the yard. We still want to change somethings, namely, putting down pea gravel on top of the dirt areas to prevent the dogs from digging and provide more drainage. Ahem.

It’s supposed to be gorgeous weather still. And I’m looking forward to 3 days off.

In the meantime, wow, do I have a LOT of knitting to do!

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