summer is off to a great start. almost every morning the kids and/or i go outside with a bowl and collect mulberries from the trees then we mix them with yogurt or swirl them up in a smoothie or just eat them as-is. manna from heaven right in my backyard folks. then we go for walks or the kids play in the clubhouse david built for them under the big tree in the back. i weed and water and play the kids some records to keep them moving and not badgering me about turning on the tv. i must say the record player is invaluable in that sense. who needs tv when you can have a dance party in the living room?
speaking of living room, the air conditioner has been fixed so we are all sleeping in our beds and not in "the cave" in the living room. the mattresses have been moved back upstairs and as much as i thought the process of sleeping all in a big pile a la where the wild things are was annoying, the first night back to normal felt kind of of a letdown. but the air is on when we need it so business as usual.
gardening is in full swing, naturally. it's funny how you forget how hot the summer is and how much you sweat until you're outside doing it again. at which point i am like WHY DO I DO THIS? but then i get back in and plop down, take a long drag on my ice tea and it just melts away until next time. i weeded for about an hour today at the shared garden with maggie and austin. lugged around tires to add to the potato stacks, thinned out the ever expanding raspberry canes (gah i can't believe we've never thinned these before!), etc. the kids sat in the shade watching a movie on the computer. outdoor experience FAIL/gardening time WIN! the beans are looking great and i can't wait for them to get in mah belly. tomatoes are getting tall, raspberries are on their way, harvested some strawberries here and there. honestly we can't seem to grow them very successfully though. we've planted a few dozen plants over the last 3 yrs and they either are whimpy, dead, or flavorless in their production. i think we've agreed to give em one more year before scraping them and moving on. i've come to the conclusion that i can't not grow things everywhere i go. remember the sequence in fight club where ed norton is surveying his apartment and mentally filling it with items from an ikea-like catalog? that is absolutely what my brain does when i see open spaces but with a garden instead of furniture. when we moved here i imagined a container garden and POOF here it is. even though we already share a very sizable garden with friends (+1000 sq/ft) and even though we now help tend a community garden (~4000 sq feet?). nope, still must grow things here at the apartment too.
also we've started a new thing at our house where every night david reads aloud to us for about 30-45 minutes. we just finished book one of the spiderwick chronicles, picking up the second and third books today. then next we're going to tackle the narnia books. if you guys have any suggestions for child-friendly novels please let me know.
finally, guys i've got a problem. a period piece problem. i can't stop! ive gone off on a jane austen bender and i can't seem to consume anything else. though i admit i've got to spend some time with my sparkly vampire friends again soon to prep for the june 30th release of eclipse. but anyways i'm pretty much not watching or reading much of anything besides period love dramas right now - sense and sensibility, pride and prejudice, becoming jane, brideshead revisited, etc. HURTS SO GOOD!