Just as everyone else is experiencing, summer is different this year...mostly. I am still working full-time, reading as much as I can, gardening, and hiking. No traveling, though. No visiting the kids, or meeting up with them. As Rick Steves said in his recent article in Time, "Be in that group that loves it while we stay home..." So here is what I'm doing that make me say I am loving it at home.
Garden - my garden has never gotten this much attention. Every Sunday, I weed. Every evening after a hot day, I give the flowers a shower bath. I have been fertilizing, pruning, and noting each new blossom. The hummingbirds are having a great time. I think we have a couple of nests that have produced because we went from a couple of birds in June to literally a dozen or more now, doing aerial feats and dogfights all over the yard.
We've made pickles every Sunday for the past month - picking the right sized cukes fresh. I made salsa with tomatoes, onions, and peppers from the garden, only buying garlic as I forgot to plant any! I've made zucchini bread and the most delicious zucchini pancakes - a lot like potato pancakes, but better, I think.
Hiking - Rocky Mt National Park is only 40 minutes away, but they have timed entry this summer due to Covid-19. So we have gotten 8 am tickets for 2 visits in July, 3 in August, and 2 in September. Doing favorite hikes and exploring parts of the park we haven't visited often (aka the west side). Yesterday's hike took us to the site of Lulu City along the Colorado River - 7.4 miles but beautiful, peaceful, and full of wild flowers.
Birding - it's shaping up to be a good year. I got my 249th bird on my life list a week ago Saturday--a three-toed woodpecker. What a thrill! Same day we saw an American Dipper, and we had a Lesser Goldfinch take a bath in our backyard fountain.
TV - after years of prodding, my daughter finally convinced me to watch Once Upon a Time, and it is so much fun! Up to season 3, with Emma, Captain Hook, Snow White and Prince Charming, the Wicked Queen, and Rumpelstiltskin in Never Land trying to rescue Henry.Also watching the Rockies win most games. Don't judge me, but I'm liking the Designated Hitter--seems to be good for us anyway.
Italian - I've been in Duolingo's Diamond League for about 4 weeks now, trying to get at least 100 points a day learning Italian. I've been trying to read short stories in Italian, but I still don't have a big enough vocabulary to read much.
Reading - yep, as much as I can. In addition to the books that I've already blogged about, I've read:
Death in a Strange Country - book #2 in Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti series - so enjoying rereading this favorite series about one of my favorite cities, Venice.
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens - what took me so long to read this? Absolutely loved every minute of it. Hope they make a movie. So good.
Dressed for Death - book #3 in Guido series - I liked rereading book #2 so much, I just had to stay with Guido for another adventure.
The Perfect Couple, by Elin Hilderbrand - recommended by JoAnn at Gulfside Musing, a neat little mystery set in Nantucket, where I love to visit with Hilderbrand on a regular basis. It was fun, escapist, and enabled me to travel in my armchair.
The A.B.C. Murders, by Agatha Christie - I was reading Eight Perfect Murders and this was on the list, so I felt the urge to read it. Gave in to the urge and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Eight Perfect Murders, by Peter Swanson - another recommendation from a fellow blogger,and it was a so good. A psychological thriller, nice and tight, interesting. Usually I hold off reading mysteries until October, but with everything else different this year, I decided to just read whatever, whenever.
Hope you are all healthy and finding way to love being at home.