Back to “Normal”

Life has returned back to it’s normal pace with the end of my stats class and the departure of my family members at the beginning of this month. Normal isn’t necessarily a good thing, but it isn’t a bad thing, either 🙂

The past two weeks were busy, with my grandparents and great aunt and uncle coming in from out of town. We spent plenty of time exploring the local area, including trips to Fort Pickens, the Pensacola Historic Village, and the Pensacola Lighthouse, and visits to the various beaches in the area. We also spent a few days in New Orleans. We played tourist in the French Quarter, and stayed in the lower Garden District. We also spent many mornings and nights in our new screened porch, chatting, drinking coffee, and bird watching.

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Outside of that, I finished aced my stats class that I was taking to provide a boost for my upcoming grad school apps. I’m reapplying later this year, and am once again starting some GRE prep. Oh joy. At least my knitting projects provide a most welcome distraction. I’ve finished two hats and a blanket, and am currently working on another hat. Once I’m done with that, I’m planning on knitting a few pairs of socks with some of the most delicious looking sock yarn I’ve ever seen from Oatmeal & Fox Dyeworks. I really can’t get enough of their yarn!

Finished my colorblock bias blanket! It was sooooo nice and squishy!

Finished my colorblock bias blanket! It was sooooo nice and squishy!

I’m also in the midst of my best gardening season to date (though I don’t want to brag too much and jinx myself)! The class I took a the beginning of the year seemed to help quite a bit. I’ve had a large harvest of cherry tomatoes, and the romaine lettuce I planted in February was some of the best lettuce I’ve had. I still have green beans, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, yardlong beans, roselle, and ground cherries growing out there. My carrots were only alright, since the bed they were in didn’t get any sunlight over the winter. The bed is too close to the house, even though it’s perfect in the summer. I also started a potato “bin,” and I’m looking forward to a semi-large harvest of blue potatoes and sweet potatoes here in the next few months.

The garden in early March...

The garden in early March…

Followed by mid-April...

Followed by mid-April…

and finally early May!

and finally early May!

The final harvest of collards, romaine lettuce, and kale with a few tomatoes. I lost a few plants because I gambled on the bolting game and lost. Oops!

The final harvest of collards, romaine lettuce, and kale with a few tomatoes. I lost a few plants because I gambled on the bolting game and lost. Oops!

Bush beans! Buff Valentine, I believe

Bush beans! Buff Valentine, I believe

Purple Bell Peppers

Purple Bell Peppers

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes

Zucchini!

Zucchini!

Roma tomatoes

Roma tomatoes

Adirondack Blue Potatoes

Adirondack Blue Potatoes! First time growing potatoes and they sure look good! They grew like weeds, too!

Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes…perfect for salads 🙂

Ground cherries!

Ground cherries!

Roselle!

Roselle!

Seminole pumpkins...they still have a loooooong ways to go!

Seminole pumpkins…they still have a loooooong ways to go!

Other than that, both Spencer and I are taking graduate courses over the summer, which should be done by the time we head out for my brother’s wedding! I can’t believe he’s getting married, but I’m so happy for him and his wife-to-be. She’s a sweetheart and they both work so well together 🙂

Well, that’s that! Life is back to normal for the time being, and I’m loving it!

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