Striving for balance
To be honest, the knitting/crocheting/sewing suffered mightily during my four-day weekend. I'm quite pleased, though, with how all those days turned out and with what I accomplished -- even if some of it wasn't really on my radar. You know? It's all got to get done and it's best when I just go with the flow.
I'd fully intended to dig into that closet, for instance, but I didn't intend to empty it out completely -- and that's basically what happened! Just so you know, I am not the only packrat in the house. DH sorted through last night and in that particular box, he turned up papers dating as far back as 1974 -- his hippie days (no, not those kind of papers) -- and while he got rid of quite a bit, those will remain in the archives.
That particular closet, by the way, is of the long, narrow, shotgun variety so often found in older homes. We once had three, but have reconfigured the other two over the years so that they're more useful. There are shelves WAY back in that closet, one of them high and deep (requiring a stepstool, because the ceilings are taller than the average bear, too), and they've done quite a good job of holding things these past many years. Obviously.
Gardening was something I did plan on doing all along, especially around the pergola. We moved some asters, pinks and sedum to make room for stepping stones, which will aid the tending of the big planter box behind the bench, which I've planted full of beans. There are peas on either side of the bench and now beans behind. I planted a couple of clematis in the other small box, along with some bellflower, and a hollyhock jumped into the box with 'Vera' while I was at the nursery, too. And yes, I most certainly do think of Vera (and smile) every time I see it.
We enjoyed a cookout on Memorial Day -- and after enjoying a few meals now in the pergola, it's been determined that we definitely need more outside "table" space! I think this means that I've found my next, long-awaited mosaic project!