I picked the last summer beets this evening. August tends to be a bitter month because I’m always melting in the heat and playing catch-up to finish the things I didn’t get to in May and June when I thought there was so much time left in the summer that I could blow off one more day to play in the garden instead of draft that article to submit for publication. The nice thing about this August is how cool and fall-like the weather is, so it makes everything else a bit more tolerable.
And some of the plants are just now starting to flourish in the milder temperatures. My dad grew Mexican sunflowers every summer and I took a bunch of seeds from his house to make sure I have enough to keep planting them year after year. This is the first blossom. So bold, vibrant. I have been sad lately thinking about him being gone. This helped, made me feel like he is still a presence in my life.
As I trudge forward into the busy months ahead (job market, finishing my dissertation, teaching), I still make time for the Pirate’s Daughter quilt. I finally cut out all of the little pieces and am working on constructing the arcs.
I also made some quilted baby bibs for a dear expecting friend and derby sister last week. A group of our leaguemates threw a really fun baby shower for Bridget (otherwise known as Oi!Rish) on Saturday. A baby shower full of roller derby gals is quite different than the average baby shower…no one sits around and waits to be told to eat, we all just ravenously dig in; the shower games get super-competitive; and the language is not very lady-like. I must admit, it was pretty refreshing.
The second was Star Wars-themed (Bridget is such a fan she has Han Solo tattooed on her leg). And so many other crafty people gifted their handiwork at the shower as well. There was a beautiful baby quilt and some great knitted caps, including a little green yoda hat.
Well summer, it’s been real. Time for pumpkins and sweaters. Hey, that sounds pretty great, actually.