Friday, Friday, Friday, I am so glad you showed up at last! This has been one of those weeks when even though most of it was OK, one big bad thing happened to me at work that has left me emotionally and physically exhausted. It annoys me that one specific event can control you for a whole week. So I am especially glad that it's Friday and the weekend beckons so that I can relax and push the restart button.
At least Pip bounced back from his vet appt yesterday. I dropped him off at 2:35 for a 2:40 appt (you still can't go in with them), and expected them to call in about half an hour or so to say he was ready for pickup. By 4:00, nothing. So finally I called and asked if he was ready, and if he was OK (because of course I was imagining that they found something seriously wrong), and they said they had been trying to call us since about 3:15! The problem was, they had transposed the digits in the phone number, so no one at the wrong number was picking up (and they would have probably been really confused if they had). GAH. Anyway, I picked him up, he is fine and all is well. But I feel bad, because he was probably wondering what was going on and why I wasn't picking him up. The good news is that he came home, ate his dinner and continued on as if that whole blip never happened. I need to be more like Pip!
Clearly this a.m. he is just sleeping all of it off.
(It kills me when he sleeps like this!)
So I think all of us are ready for the weekend! I told The Tim that tonight we should celebrate with some martinis when he gets home since we all need this weekend more than usual. He agreed, so that will be fun.
Other than that, I have an appt for a haircut first thing tomorrow morning. And I'm hoping to get started on cleaning up the garden and doing some planting this weekend. The weather is supposed to be pretty nice, not too hot and not too cool, so that will work perfectly for me. Right now, I don't have a lot to plant, because I wanted to see what else I needed once I got the stuff I have in the ground or in pots.
Here's a tip for you: Asters. They are native to the U.S. and at least in our case, they have been doing really well! I bought one aster plant two years ago, and planted it, and now it has taken over 90% of our front planter! I'm hoping to transplant a few into the actual garden and see if they work there as well. They are such happy flowers, and even better, bees like them.
(from last summer)
My other specific plan is to make some granola, which I might do today. The recipe I use is this one
from Clara Parkes old blog. I make half of the recipe for the two of us, and it's plenty, trust me - last time, I zoned out and made the whole recipe and we had granola coming out our ears after a while! But I can attest to it being an excellent recipe, so if you are inclined to do so, give it a try. The best part of it is that it can bake while you are working, or cleaning, or doing whatever because once you start it, it needs very little other action on your part.
And as you probably have guessed, there will be knitting and reading involved, no matter what else does or does not get accomplished! Right now, I'm trying to finish both the pair of socks I'm knitting (I'm on the foot of sock #2), and my Advent Throw (I just broke into mini-skein #24), and at this moment at least, I'm determined to finish them before starting anything else. That could change, since I'm itching to cast on two other projects, and I usually allow myself three projects at one time. We'll see.
I'm sure that all of you in the U.S. saw that the CDC has said if you are vaccinated, you can stop wearing masks except for a few specific instances. I like that we have moved along enough that they feel it can happen, but I'm suspicious, because I think that now, people will just say they are vaccinated even when they are not, since it's being done on the "honor" system and so many people have no honor. The Tim pointed out that it's on them, not on us, and I know he's right, but I guess it just seems sudden. It will be interesting to see what the City of Philadelphia decides to do, since we have always had different restrictions, even from the rest of Pennsylvania.
I'm just glad that I got my vaccine and that The Tim will be completely vaccinated at week from tomorrow. We've done our part, for ourselves and those around us. 😃
(I do have to admit to being somewhat disappointed that we'll have to go back to people-ing again. Sigh.)
Have a good weekend - I hope you have a chance to relax, and to enjoy something you want to do - if nothing else, take a tip from Pip!