Wow, the last month has flown by! I’m glad it’s June, because although May was fun, it was a whirlwind! J and I were out of town every single weekend, which severely cut into my sewing time! When we were home, we were often headed to our community garden plot to try to get the beds ready and plants in. The garden is coming along nicely, and we’re both very excited to have a weekend coming up that we’ll spend at home– we have big plans to relax and indulge in pleasures like a visit to the farmers market, planting more in the garden, and getting some quilts done!
My problem for the last month has been than I’ve been so busy during the week with work that I haven’t had time to keep up with all of our adventures on my blog! So, I thought I’d take some time to give a recap of where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing! And, now that life will be returning to a more normal schedule, I plan to have more sewing projects finished and will be sharing them as I get them done.
So– here’s what we’ve been up to! (warning– this may be my longest post ever! But, it includes lots of pictures, so it’s really not so bad).
First, in early May, J ran the Cleveland marathon. It was his 4th marathon! I am so impressed by his dedication and fortitude when it comes to running.
The following weekend, we were back in Cleveland to catch the Indians-Reds matchup. I grew up in Cleveland, and J is from the Cincinnati area, so we like to give each other a hard time when our teams meet up. Well, mosly J likes to give me a hard time. I relied on my sister Olivia to help me with the smack-talk comebacks.
We saw some great fireworks after the night game, and went back the next day for the day game. The Indians were on a tear, and beat the Reds in both games!
The next weekend, I we drove down to Washington, DC so I could attend a conference. After that, we continued on to Richmond, Virginia where my sister and brother-in-law live. We went to a crawfish boil hosted by friends of the family for memorial day. It was HOT out, but we had a great time sitting in the yard by the river and eating lots of yummy food!
The crawfish boil was really quite impressive!
Our family friend, Jim, is originally from Louisana. He taught us that you can’t have too much spicy seasoning in your crawfish boil! (also, check out how big that pot is! It held a lot of food!)
When the crawfish was ready, it was dumped right on the table, and everyone dug in with their hands (well, almost everyone– J is vegetarian, so he stayed clear of the crawfish table).
We also had fun playing with Bucky, our friends dog. Bucky loved hunting for dropped crawfish, and by late afternoon she was a bit tired (or, possibly drunk on crawfish).
After leaving the cookout, we drove down to Colonial Williamsburg. J and I had never been there, and it was such a cool little town.
We saw horses and old building and lots of plants!
I took the following photo for my friend Karen– Shields was her maiden name, and is now her middle name! (Karen, here’s your tavern– I imagine you’d eat here if you were in Williamsburg!)
One of the highlights of Williamsburg were the gardens.
There were gorgeous plants, like this arichoke.
And this light and airy asparagus plant.
We also saw these amazing beds, that had old windows that could fit over the bed to create a built-in greenhouse. I took a few pictures of these, because this is something I’d love to build someday! I even have some old windows tucked away for this sort of project…
Can you spot my sister in the following photo?
She loved the flowers on this tree– she was busy taking photos like this:
J and I loved the gardens– they gave us lots of ideas for building our own someday!
We spent a few more days in Richmond before heading home that weekend. And this past weekend we were out of town for a wedding. Phew– I am glad we’re done with the travel for a while! And I managed to do a *little* bit of sewing during this time and started some new things I’m planning to share soon!