I’m Not in Maryland,

Or, Not Bitter, Part 1

Julia of Moth Heaven has put out a call for all of us stay-at-home bloggers to post today. I’m not really bitter about MS&W, as I have many other lovely things to do today. It hasn’t actually been Saturday around this house long enough for much exciting to happen, so I’m going to start by showing you what we did yesterday. Today is starting out gray and rainy in the Pacific Northwest, but yesterday was glorious.

We had lunch on the patio for the first time this year. John had leftover barbecue (Georgia style, if you’re curious. He ate it so fast that I didn’t get a picture.) I had a mozzarella, basil and tomato panini. I don’t have a panini machine, so we improvised with a griddle and a cast iron pan to weigh it down. Yes, that wine glass is real glass. I believe in getting back on that horse as soon as possible.


I spent part of the afternoon knitting on the patio while John made the herb garden ship-shape. I’m working on Birch, and have one more repeat done since the last time I showed it. At this rate, I will be done with this shawl in time for Christmas, but who’s keeping track? It’s the process, as Margene would say.


John replanted parts of our patio herb garden while I played. We now have parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, as well as cilantro, mint, bay, marjoram, basil, chives, and a few patio tomatoes for good measure.


The pets also had fun. Riley and Will basked in the warm outdoor temperature.


Lucy was too much of a chicken to come out. She did run out once, nibbled on the chives for a second, then ran back in. She prefers the great outdoors from the safety of inside the patio door.


After everything was planted and watered down, Riley got to play her favorite summer game, “hose”. We shoot the hose water off towards her, and she runs and jumps to bite at the water. She gets soaked, and will play this game as long as water keeps coming out of the hose.



Today we are going to the farmers’ market in Olympia to pick up essentials for the week. After that we have a few errands to run, then have plans to meet friends this evening for martinis and dinner. Who needs sheep and wool?

About Lorette

My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!


I’m Not in Maryland, — 13 Comments

  1. The ducks try to bite the water from the hose, too! It’s just about the funniest thing. Your patio looks like such a great place to spend your time (from a jealous Mainer who can’t be outside without getting eaten alive by the bugs). πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful commentary on what looks like a very satisfying day. So tell me about your pattern holder. Is it a music stand? I’m trying to figure something out. On my lap in the bed isn’t working well.

  3. Oh, such a lovely post. First off, I was just in Eugene for the last few days.. I forgot how much I miss it out West πŸ™
    Secondly, love the pet pictures. My one kitty is too scared to come outside on the back porch and will just lay by the door. My parents dog does the same thing with the water… Aren’t pets funny!
    Glad you had a good day!
    Yay for those of us who are posting today!

  4. I agree! I’m here in PA (so close, but so far…), celebrating the day by doing some knitting on the deck…

  5. My dog Keagen used to love the hose game. Imagine this huge Great Dane leaping and bounding to chase water from the hose. It was too funny.

  6. I guess I’m not bitter either, just jealous. Do we have anything equivalent here in the Pacific Northwest? Wouldn’t it be fun to get together? Ah well, blogging will have to do for now. So good to see you actually knitting, especially while hubby worked! Sounds like you had a perfect day.

  7. Chappy’s never had a chance to play with a hose (too much mud in the backyard), but he does the same thing with the handheld shower when he gets a bath–before the water starts getting hot (I’m careful) and BEFORE he starts actually getting bathed, at which time he just sort of stands there, waiting for it to be over!

  8. It’s good to see you knitting! What a nice way to spend the day. And yum, Georgia Barbeque. Pass the hot sauce.

  9. Yeah…she’s knitting away! Looks like a great day in your neighborhood. We all have tons of sheep and wool in the closet, right!? Keep knitting!

  10. Me….Not bitter….Not Jealous….Not envious…..Who wants to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool..Not me…..Am I convincing anyone?
    Glad your still enjoying some knitting. Have the doc’s and OT said when they think you’ll be able to return to work?

  11. What a fun day. I love fresh herbs out of the garden. I’m glad to see that you all had better weather than us! BTW – What are you thinking about the new John Prine album?