It sure has been awhile, but I really am still here. The new job keeps me quite busy and, unfortunately, has a not great commute that goes with it. Actually, in the morning, it takes me about 15 minutes to get there; however, then add about 20 minutes walking time to get from the parking lot to my office. I don't mind when it's nice out. At the end of the day, it's the pits. The traffic is beastly, so add to the morning drive/walk time with stuck-in-traffic time of usually 20 minutes or so. No reason for it other than poor roadway planning. I would take the bus, but so far, it's just not feasible.
Memorial Day weekend is the US's unofficial start to summer. The week before was quite cool and so was much of the weekend (but it was nice and sunny). This week is warming up quite nicely. I'm quite glad that we opened the pool early, because now it is up to 81 degrees, so there is no fear of turning into an iceberg. The peppers and tomatoes are planted and looking good so far.
Summer does bring many nice things. I have discovered that the wireless network goes as far as the patio. Now I can both blog and knit out there! Not much knitting has been happening, but I'm making progress. I've changed the heel (many times) and am actually going to think about what stitch pattern that I would really like on the sole before I start.
Aren't these just the coolest flowers? I think they look like something from an alien planet from far, far away. I have one purple and another in white. The centers of these things really are very, very blue (and darker than the pics).