A little over a year ago, Josh and I moved into our current apartment. As this apartment is adjacent and identical to his previous apartment, except for the moving-in-with-me bit, it was not much of a change for him (though, I’m sure he would articulate that moving in with me was the best thing that ever happened to him… ahem). For me, it was a big change and I can say confidently that this is the best apartment I have ever inhabited. Obviously, living with Josh is AMAZING! Less obvious are the various amenities that this apartment provides (that my previous apartments lacked): on site laundry, a functioning air conditioning unit, good water pressure in the shower, sound proofing between neighboring apartments, etc., etc. Except for the living-with-Josh bit, my favorite aspect of this apartment, however, is the patio. Not only am I able to have my very first plot of soil in which to grow my very first garden, but having recently procured some patio chairs and a table, it has become my favorite space to relax.
I eat most of my meals on the patio. I do most of my reading and knitting on the patio. In the evenings, I enjoy tea or mojitos (adorned with mint from my herb garden) on the patio. Life is good with a patio. (In the above photo, Josh and I were enjoying some evening reading over beers and moments of conversation).
As far as my garden grows, soon I hope to harvest my first tomato and then a cucumber! And the thrills do not end there… I’ve got eggplants about to fruit, beans coming up, kale, broccoli, spinach, peppers, radishes, and a supply of herbs to last until winter. The only plantlife not living up to my expectations are the yellow squash, who appear to not be getting pollinated.
In knitting knews, since finishing school, I have been spending most of my knitting time working on my own patterns. At present, I have a pattern that is going through the test knitting process and I hope to have it available for download by the end of the month. The test knitting process I have found rewarding in a number of ways. Not only is it satisfying seeing everyone’s project photos and getting feedback, but it has been an interesting exercise in writing clarity. In fact, you can forget graduate school for working your mental neurons, going through the knitting pattern testing process really makes a person think! And in a good way – - it’s comparable to working a fun and challenging puzzle like sudoku.
As far as reading goes, I’ve blown through the first two books in the Stieg Larsson trilogy and I anticipate finishing the last one very soon. Being not in school is awesome! One of my daily internet visits is to browse the limited time free books for the Kindle – - this has facilitated my downloading hundreds of books for free (including the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which was free for about a week on Amazon). I’ve built up such a vast e-library that it is exciting to consider which book I might read next. …On my patio with some knitting and a mojito with mint from my garden, no less!!!