In brief, what I didn’t like about June:
- Dandelions again! I know they have their fans, but I don’t love them. When the flowers are done, the leaves take up a lot of area and they are not an attractive ground cover. After the dandelions, we get another, similar flower with furry leaves, that spreads by runners. So it’s yellow flowers all around!
- Appointments! I dread making personal and practical appointments because I need to choose a time in advance when my calendar looks clear. When the day arrives, I find it hard to leave work on time because there’s always something urgent to take care of. I had two home repair appointments, one for the car, two for the lawn mower, and my passport renewal. That’s a lot of occasions to arrange time off work – even if I am the boss, LOL!
- Taxes! My own taxes are long since done, but I had to file a charity tax return for my volunteer job. An accountant was supposed to complete it, but it was returned to me ONE DAY before the due date, with a lot of work remaining. I was up until the wee hours last night!
What I liked about June:
- The cute little robin in the photo above was found under one of my hostas! It let me get that close – not sure if it was oblivious or terrified. Luckily it disappeared before a prowling cat found it.
- Rom and I celebrated our fifth anniversary with a leisurely meal out at a chic new vegan restaurant.
- We were out for our first ice cream cones of the season. Moon Mist for me – a local favourite!
- I managed to keep my inner snack monster at bay most of the time in June; not enough to lose weight but enough to break the habit once again (ice cream notwithstanding).
- I worked out 18 out of 21 work days. I am listening to the audio book of Just Kids by Patti Smith, read by the author. I had already read the book, but it’s great hearing it in her voice! It motivates me to get up in the morning, work out, and listen to another few sections. Patti Smith was one of my greatest idols back when I was an aspiring intellectual 🙂
- We bought a power washer and cleaned the shed, which was looking greenish with mould after all our wet weather. It was fun! I wonder how many times I can wash things before it starts to feel like a chore?
- I watched some stuff on DVD:
The Book Thief – finally! I had read the book last November just before the movie came out. They did a capable job of it. I think the movie would be a good introduction to WW2 and the Holocaust for teens. As you might expect, I liked the book much better.
Forks Over Knives documentary. I thought it was old news. And also had some bad science and suspicious claims. But I am already a convert to a meatless diet and making my own food, so I wasn’t the intended audience. If your diet needs a shake-up, this might convince you.
Oblivion, a silly movie with Tom Cruise; enough said.
and more episodes of both Downton Abbey and Big Bang Theory (nice contrast there).
- My big preoccupation this month is the library where I work, which is undergoing a renovation. It is looking like we’ll be almost on time and almost on budget 🙂 I am on site every day consulting with the work crews and ensuring everything is done to plan. I didn’t expect to be so busy – I’m surprised how many decisions need to be made on-the-fly every day! The staff packed up the entire book collection in boxes. The books and shelving were all moved to storage for the duration. Walls have been knocked down, new ones built, and the place is unrecognizable for now. I am looking forward to the results in just a few weeks: I should be able to include a picture in my July round-up!
How was your June?