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I think I can say that Fall is finally here. Or at least the crisp Fall air is finally here. The colors not so much. We still haven't gotten around to any Fall activities, and at this point, I'm not sure when or if we'll do them.  Renovation updates We are almost at the halfway point into our ground floor renovation. The flooring is almost done, cabinets are ready to be setup, appliances are here. It's exciting to be on the other side of the renovation when things are getting finished. There's still easily 2.5 weeks worth of work left in the kitchen, and another 2-2.5 weeks for the master bathroom, so mid-November is likely when we are done with the renovation. Assuming no delays.  Flooring coming along All of us are pretty exhausted at this point. Walking up and down the stairs to pick items from the makeshift pantry and then cook on the main floor gets old very fast. I have been able to work from home without issues and I'm grateful for that. I've set up m

The Sunday Salon: Springing forward sleepily

The Sunday

Hello blog! I'm still here. I know I've neglected you for a while, but I've been busy for the past two weeks and away during the weekends, that I've only now got to sit at my desk to blog. Of course, I should also mention that my blogging mojo has been absent plus it doesn't help that I haven't been reading much so the whole point of blogging about books becomes a little difficult when there is no book to talk about. But I try to be here when I can and I hope it will be more often now than before.

It's a beautiful Spring weather here today with a real feel of 64 degrees. After the long freezing winter, this warm weather is super welcoming. I cannot wait to get our patio ready for a good amount of lounging, reading, and knitting this Spring. We did a lot of work on our backyard last year towards the end of Summer so we haven't been able to reap those benefits yet. We still have our flower and vegetable garden to work on so we are looking forward to getting those started soon.

The husband and I were in DC last weekend to visit some friends and family. We had a jolly good time there and spent the road trip listening to the Game of Thrones audiobook. (Funnily, by the end of the trip and seven hours of driving later, we had only finished listening to the equivalent of the first episode.) Yesterday, we went to Raleigh to visit our close friends who just welcomed their newborn a few days ago. I haven't been around too many babies, so it always amazes me how tiny they are and how we all started there one day and ended up here today several stone sizes later.

Did you all spring your clocks forward? My computer and phone have switched but the other clocks are all sitting in the old time zone. I can never understand how this jumping forward and backward in time can be a good thing. Why not just choose the middle ground and stay there without changing clocks. It's honestly very tiring for a week while my body sleepily syncs up.

I haven't been reading anything, though I have three audiobooks in progress - Jo Nesbø's The Snowman (I now totally get the allure of his books), Shilpi Somaya Gowda's The Secret Daughter (lovely so far) and the A Game of Thrones with the husband. I do have a few good books checked out from the library for my Armchair travel - Celestine Hitiura Vaite's Frangipani (Tahiti), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus (Nigeria), and Willow Wilson's Alif the Unseen, which has a Middle-Eastern feel but is really fantasy so it may not qualify for my reading. I'm going to sample these books and read the one that's turning out to be hardest to put down.


bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
Sometimes it's hard to live life and blog and being away from the blog then is okay. You'll get back in the groove soon and we'll be here when you do.
Vasilly said…
Yes! Let's just pick which time to keep and keep it without switching back and forth every six months.
Yay for husband audio time. I love doing that too. But we're slow too. ;)
Helen Murdoch said…
I am very slowly getting adjusted to the time, but I don't like it either, mostly since I cannot walk the dog early like I need to in the mornings. I LOVED The Secret Daughter; it's one of my all time favorites. And, I have The Snowman sitting on my shelf so I'll see what you think of it in the end
Ti Reed said…
You are going to love your backyard this summer. I love lounging around mine, cold drink in hand, good book in the other hand. It's a fine life.
Jenny @ Reading the End said…
I usually adjust perfectly easily to the Daylight Savings Time shifts, but for some reason it's been tough on me this year! I've been feeling exhausted all week. Abolish it, I say! All they've done is make it much harder for me to get up in the morning because it's all dark and my body assumes it's an hour earlier than waking-up time.