This was our third week of summer break.
We had our second week of swimming lessons. This session is over now. Both small Bears passed their level! I'm very proud. We'll have another session in mid-July. I think they'll ace it.
The library is my favorite place on earth right now. The branch we like to visit in the summer (because their summer reading events don't coincidence with swimming, like they do at our regular neighborhood branch) had a big renovation this winter, in which they added a giant event room and greatly improved the air-conditioning system. It's so nice now. A couple of hours in there cools me off for the rest of the day.
I made a really good impromptu cold pasta salad. I cooked one pound of farfalle (bowtie) pasta and tossed it with olive oil, salt and pepper and a little of the cooking water. Then I added some ribbons of salami, bits of provolone cheese, cut-up Campari tomatoes, quartered artichoke hearts (from a can), sliced black olives and some fresh basil. It was delicious and plentiful; we had enough for a dinner and a lunch.
The heat is on, as mentioned. The smoke is too, as there are two big wildfires in nearby parts of the state. We're not in any danger here, but the smoke haze has been a problem. Gorgeous sunsets, though; the sun is blood-red and the whole sky turns pink. Hopefully, the monsoon fires up soon and brings much-needed rain, to us all and especially to the fire zones.
We've been enjoying a special treat - a flat of San Pellegrino citrus sodas from Costco. So delicious.
I've been listening to this song a lot lately, Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself," featuring Ed Sheeran. I love Ed, am not normally that much of a Bieber fan, but this song is great.
I'm savoring my cups of tea in the afternoon (usually Bigelow English Teatime, sometimes chai), especially since I haven't had enough time for morning cups while swimming has been going on.
On that note, I didn't finish any books this week. I didn't win the library's reading prize for adults either (it's a random weekly drawing). I also entered a fun contest where you have to identify a book which they have shredded and placed in a jar. I saw "Pemberley" and "Bennet," so it better have been Pride and Prejudice.
The pirate ship is going fast now. I started the boat part this week. I'm trying to slow down and savor the work, but I really love this project. I work on it most afternoons, catching the tail end of John Tesh on the radio in the living room. That's usually when I have my tea.
We're having a labor dispute with our hens. They aren't laying much lately (which may be related to molting, or to their getting older), but we know they have eaten a couple of their own eggs too. We put a plastic Easter egg in the nest box to help deter egg-eating. They take turns sitting on the plastic egg; one gets off and the other hops on. Hens are entertaining.
The Bear and I are SO EXCITED for the return of Endeavour tonight (jumping.out.of.our.skins!). We love this show and we've waited about two years for a new season. It's slick and creepy and gorgeous. I adore the mod fashions. We're looking forward to checking out the new show, The Tunnel, as well (especially me). I do so love my imported public-television dramas.
We're cooking up a storm today, making a Father's Day dinner for the Bear's dad. He's putting St. Louis-style ribs in the smoker and I'm making side dishes, with strawberry ice cream for dessert. I just put the cream mixture in the fridge to chill and we'll churn it this afternoon. I'm barely stopping myself from eating it now. The struggle is real.
Thanks for your comments lately. I'm so glad you enjoyed seeing Nora's and Nellie's beds and that they brought back sweet memories for some of you. I hope you have a good week ahead. On Tuesday, I'll be hitting the road with my three Bears for a few days. See you soon!