I've been on an Irish kick these days. First I am strangely addicted to Marian Keyes books. They are perfect summer reading. Nice and fluffy and make you laugh.
On Wednesday, I was really taken by Nuala O'Faolain on CBC radio being interviewed by Eleanor Wachtel on Writers and Company. I thought about running out to get her book, but then I am now thinking of getting it as an audio book since I just loved listening to her speak. She had a really interesting self deprecating manner but brutally honest and funny through that. The fact that I actually am thinking about her work 2 days later is probably a sign that I should read/listen to her more eh?
I am really enjoying the house( just not the what seems like a giant mortgage payment!) I didn't think I would like a backyard as much as I do. I am pulling weeds, whacking them (Thanks to a friend who gave me his old weed whacker) and even mowing the lawn. I will get around to uploading more pictures one of these days. I am doing more grunt work and planning for next year with the garden then actually doing a lot of planting. I loved having fresh garden strawberries to give away( I was avoiding them because of the possible allergy) and wondering what plant was going to open next( Right now my star burst (?) lilies are out- the orange poppies were glorious but they don't last long) Next year I want more of these, more peonies, and more ferns I think. I would like to have my hostas do better too. Is anyone amazed that I am going on about plants like this??
My cat is loving it outside. I try to sit and read and drink my tea outside after supper on some days just to make him so happy. I need to chickenwire the gate off. It is amazing - he is so fat but he can squish through the smallest of spaces. He almost got himself killed yesterday though. Ran out into the front yard and then as I was trying to retrieve him bolted into the street as a car was coming. I screamed his name and the van stopped thank god. He just stopped in the middle of the street. The neighbours think I am nuts I suppose( didn't help that I was wearing green vertical stripped pj bottoms, and a horizontal blue striped t-shirt- I was lounging around the house when I needed to go to the car for some reason.)