Can’t believe this ROW80 is almost over! I’m only checking in once a week, so that means only one more check-in after today. How’d that happen?
So here’s my penultimate update. (Ha. It’s not every day that you get to use the word penultimate….)
That short story I finished last week has come back from its first two readers with good reviews (and good suggestions for improvement). I’m running it by my critique group this week, so I’ll shortly have lots more good suggestions to think about and incorporate as appropriate.
Other than that, the rest of this month will be all about critiquing other people’s stuff — I have several lined up. That’ll keep me busy on the writing front. I don’t expect to get much further on my own stuff until July, but maybe I’ll blog more to compensate. That storytelling addiction, you know….
This week I did:
- 1 hour of yoga
- 2 hours of contra dancing
- 1 general workout session (half an hour)
- 2 sessions of stair-climbing
- 7.1 km (4.4 miles) of walking (3 sessions)
- and a little bit of gardening, not really enough to count
Okay, still not where I need to be for hiking in the Rockies, but better than last week, and getting closer!
We finally bought shrubs! Hydrangeas, yellow “carpet” roses, blue hibiscus, and a white pearl bush. And one tree, a Japanese maple — LOVE those, can’t quite believe I get to own one. Still awaiting delivery from the garden centre, though, so it’ll be another week or so before they get in the ground. I can’t wait. I’ve spent so much time over the last few weeks looking at gorgeous plants, it’ll be great to finally have some.
We also planted a few more vegetables:
- raspberries (two kinds, red and black) — they won’t produce fruit this year though
- hot peppers
- and more bell peppers (apparently MIL didn’t realize we had four plants already…good thing we all like bell peppers!)
Grow, little vegetables, grow! Yes, I’ve started talking to my plants. I guess I’ve got the gardening bug, haven’t I?
Now I’m mulling over perennials, with the help of the landscaping program. Any recommendations? I like blue and purple, and maybe something to complement the dark red leaves of the Japanese maple….
In other news, it’s World Cup season (soccer to us North Americans, AKA football in the rest of the world). In our neighbourhood, that means much honking and cheering. I’m not much of a sports fan — hell, Canada doesn’t even have a team playing — but I can always tell when the game’s over and who won!
Finally, Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Mine is no longer with us, so last year I wrote this for him: Watching Movies With My Dad. If you’re near your dad, and on good terms with him, give him a hug for me?
How about you? Are you watching the World Cup? What’s your favourite tree? Where is your dad today?