I have been working on this embroidery piece again. It's been about 3 years since I started it. It's been stretched on this beautiful frame the whole time, waiting. I've been watching (listening) to Red Oaks, on Amazon, and also the newest David Sedaris, Calypso, while I work on it. The girls are all home now. I love having them all here during the day, not in various camps or other cities—but it's busy with energy and conversation all the time, with little time to stitch, sadly. But I know the days of this are numbered, so that gives me some patience.
The summers are so different now with 15, 13, and 11 year- olds. I think it's more expensive. Travel and fancy bubble teas, and all that. Not as much swimming. Which is fine with me, really. The swimming, I mean. Not the spending of money. We are in a heat wave right now and we have no AC except for a pretty sad unit in the living room. So there's that. We have been watching a lot movies, but the roar of the AC has hampered the quiet dialog of the films—which drives me bonkers. We also have no TV, so we watch these on the laptop, which means the audio is not super great to begin with. The girls often bring up the things we have never had that other families do have—a TV, AC and grass in the yard are the most mentioned. Then we laugh. Or I do, anyway. I think they think it's kind of funny? We do have a lot of pets, I remind them.
This weekend I am pretty excited to go to the Portland Zine Symposium and Kumoricon Lite if I can make it with some of the girls, whoever wants to come. I also would love to go to the Top Down Roof Top Cinema this summer, I have never been and it looks so fun.