Friday, July 30

  Hobbies and Obsessive Habits

Ok, so I didn't make it to the gym today but I have a really good excuse!!! I forgot that I have an incredibly long day. Today, is Steven's last day at camp and then he has a birthday party for his friend in New Jersey. It doesn't start until 5pm, but to avoid shore traffic I am picking him up from school at 12pm and then going right to NJ. The party goes until 7:30pm and then I'll have to pick up Jeffrey at my mom's and THEN drive home. I know I won't be home until 9:30/10pm so getting up at 4:30ish just wasn't in the cards for today. I WILL go tomorrow though!

Now I know in my profile I mention that I love to garden, but I neglected to include that I am also a tiny bit of a freak about it. This year, I did all regular and wave petunias. Everything was going great and they were happily thriving until we had a few hard rainstorms. Now, they are a bit ratty and "leggy" looking. The general rule of thumb is to pinch back the "dead heads". However, I have so many flowers, that they are nearly impossible to keep up with! I am still getting compliments from people as they walk by, but to me, they look terrible. This is where my being a freak comes in. I have decided to rip all of them out and start over again with new flowers. I know, I know... but my rule of thinking is that if I replace them this weekend, I will keep them until October 1st and THEN replace those with late seasoned mums which I could possibly have until Thanksgiving. I told you I was a freak. I will settle for nothing less then perfection! What's even more scary is that I have already designed my front garden (in my head) for next year!

I suppose by now you're wondering why my blog address is JavaGirlKnits instead of JavaGirlGardens or JavaGirlFreak (LOL) since I haven't regularly mentioned knitting. Knitting is my favorite hobby, it's just that I spend every waking, non raining moment outside with the boys right now. Unfortunately, they are so young (4 and 2.5) that I still need to be on top of them all of the time. I've had to start some things completely over again because of throwing it down in the middle of a row. The younger one is the most difficult of the two. He'll think nothing of suddenly running out front to beg the ice cream man to stop at our house or run away to throw rocks in the gutter. He's even had fun trying to make friends with the Poison Sumac we have growing along the tree line in our back yard. (We're trying to wait until the fall when everything is dying off before removing all of the poisonous brush.) We're considering putting on a deck next spring and I'm beginning to think we shouldn't even bother because as long as "The J-Man" is outside I will never be able to sit on it!

I am sure as the weather gradually turns colder and we are forced be inside more and more regularly, I'll find myself knitting more often again. And I can't wait. :-)


8:18 AM

Pics! We need pics of the garden! :)
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