We only half way through the week and it has been a good one so far. On Monday I went to Vans Warped Tour with my teen and it was one of the hottest days of the year so far. It was a good hearted day as Warped usually is, the bands perform with gusto and will often host a signing which is a marvelous thing for the fans.
My complete life saver that day was my Bohemian Traders scarf which is big and light and keeps the sun off my neck like a dream. Wearing a scarf didn’t make me any hotter, I don’t think I could have been any hotter no matter what I wore, or didn’t wear!
At the end of the sweltering day in true St Louis style, there was a massive thunder storm and we got soaked to the skin! Always an experience, what would a day out be without some crazy weather to remember it by.
I am about to write some letters with the new stationery I received from Uguisu in Japan and it is so pretty and fabulous I am not sure I will want to part with it! It is perforated every few lines so that you can write a mini note and it will look just as lovely as a three page letter. What a great idea, and on such beautiful prints too. Oh yes, I also ordered a very cute ‘zine full of drawings and photos to inspire all day long.
We are heading out into the bazillion degree heat for a swim (indoors) in a few minutes, but before that, I thought I would do a little stock take for July. ‘Taking Stock’ is an fun idea from Pip at Meet Me At Mikes, if you fancy a go, there is a blank list at the end of this post for you to copy and fill in. I like to fill in my responses to the list as quickly as I can while still making sense, just to see where my mind is at right now. And go!
Making : Coconut blueberry muffins.
Cooking : As little as possible because it is so hot, I hardly want the oven on, but I still made those muffins!
Drinking : Water water and more water along with cold brew coffee which I keep in the fridge and mix with milk when I fancy a coffee treat.
Reading: ‘All Together Now’ by Gill Hornby, she is so funny and observant, I love her books.
Wanting: The heat to cool down a little, so I can leave the house without the sun trying to cook me.
Looking: At my new stationery and loving the designs on it.
Playing: Ker-plunk, Jenga and Battleships.
Deciding: When to start the new jigsaw puzzle we just borrowed from the library
Wishing: I knew how to use Illustrator and Photoshop.
Enjoying: Swimming in a cool pool.
Waiting: For the ‘blue moon’ this week.
Liking: Sandwiches from Jimmy Johns, delivered to the door!
Wondering: How many calories are in that sandwich.
Loving: My Fitness Pal on the phone, it seems to be working, I am losing a few pounds, slowly but surely.
Pondering: How best to take indoor photos.
Considering: A tarot card reading for the full moon (blue moon) on Friday.
Buying: Art supplies for the ‘Inspiration Information’ course which starts on Monday.
Watching: ‘Grace and Frankie’ and documentaries on PBS.
Hoping: There is a new season of Grace and Frankie soon.
Marvelling: At how fast tomatoes, chilies and aubergines grow once they get started.
Cringing: At how many of my tomatoes I am sharing with my garden buddies…
Needing: Lots of good salad ideas for the hot days ahead.
Questioning: Why stuff isn’t growing so well in my raised beds? I think they need an over haul in the Spring.
Smelling: Tomato plants, the best smell of the summer.
Wearing: T shirt, skirt and flip flops.
Following: My nose.
Noticing: The months pass by, July is almost August.
Knowing: School starts again in two weeks.
Thinking: We need to get school supplies and backpacks.
Admiring: The mail carriers who must be melting away in this heat.
Sorting: What we need for school. Shoes, bags, lunch boxes, pencils…
Getting: Ready to start knitting a scarf for the winter (this one, or next, we shall see).
Bookmarking: Where I am in all the magazines I am trying to read. They all have bookmarks in!
Coveting: New winter boots.
Disliking: That my kids are both in men’s shoe sizes.
Opening: ‘The Grammar of Ornament’ book and marveling at all the ideas which are leaping out at me.
Giggling: At my kid all dressed to go swimming.
Feeling: Sore from Barre class this morning (in a good way!)
Snacking: ‘Inner Peas’ from Trader Joes are so good and may even be a little bit healthy!
Helping: Make model planes and soldiers.
Hearing: BBC radio whenever I can.
Here is a blank list for you to fill in if you want.