The other day, Larkspur and I were headed down our road when we passed an odd assortment of chairs at the end of a driveway. There was a small piece of cardboard sitting with them that read, “Chairs. Free.” Larkspur yelled, “Free chairs!!! Turn around!!!!!” So I turned our big van around on our little country road and we proceeded to gleefully load up six wooden chairs. Maybe because we tend to acquire our furniture secondhand, and maybe because we are hard on it, we always seem to have a pile of broken chairs, rather than chairs we can actually use. This felt like hitting the chair jackpot. Such a small thing, but also something I think Larkspur and I will always remember.
I planted my zinnias on the late side this year and they have finally started blooming. A friend introduced me to some new varieties last year, and I am so happy with them! I posted these on Instagram, and several people asked about the varieties, so I will tell you here as well. I ordered from Swallowtail Garden Seeds, and the neatest varieties are Queen Red Lime and Queen Orange Lime. I planted some Zinderellas (peach and lilac) as well, but those are mostly not blooming the way they are supposed to. My other favorites are Oklahoma Salmon (these are really good) and Benary’s Giant Salmon Rose.
We are trying to have a proper summer while waiting for news of moving (next week, maybe?) Slow mornings with a bit of schoolwork for the younger kids, swimming, working on garden beds and picking flowers, fossil hunting, and playing with friends. Oh, and we watched a series that I really loved called Rivers of Life (affiliate link). I don’t usually watch shows with my kids (they watch shows-I just don’t), but this one was so fascinating and wonderful! But more than anything, I’ve been wanting to knit and read lately. Stress does that to me. I am finished with the body of Mabel’s cardigan now and working on the first sleeve.
I’m working on a big batch of neck scarves for my shop, but in the meantime I’m updating my shop today with a new batch of goat milk soap and some headscarves. I’ve been receiving messages about the headscarves, and unfortunately I don’t have that many to offer! But hopefully you will be able to grab one if it’s something you’ve been waiting for. I’ll list them at 10 a.m. ET today.