Book Club!

Big news in my social life — I started a book club! Inspired by Rosy and her exclusive book club, I emailed a few friends and started a club. Tonight was our first meeting. I picked the book (Luster, by Raven Leilani) and hosted the event.

This morning one friend texted and said her hubby had just returned from Dallas with a raging case of Covid. Damn COVID! Always getting in the way. We had a little group text discussion and decided the show must go on. Fortunately the weather was beautiful so I set up an outdoor hangout.

It was a really nice evening. We sat outside and talked books. Luster and all the other books we had on our minds at the time. It felt so adult and lovely. :) Our next get together is in September and we’ll be reading Burial Rights, by Hannah Kent. I’m looking forward to it already!

Lake House 2023

Welcome to the Hoff House!

For our lake house this summer we found a sweet little place in Vermont, not too far from home. The house was really nice, the view was beautiful, and the wildlife was abundant! There were a few little flaws (slippery pine needles and noisy bunkbeds), but overall it was a beautiful week.

Our craft project this year was painted pots. Arts and Crafts director Rosy did a great job organizing and I made vinyl stickers to mark the occasion.

My goal for the week was to try the paddle board. I did it once before, many years ago, with Eve, but with the two of us on the board together it got silly and neither of us could stand up. This week I gave it a more honest effort and did it!! Multiple times! I am pretty proud of myself! (and love all the support and encouragement I got from the family 💖

I’m not sure it was the perfect house, but it sure was an awesome week!

Community Wildflower Garden

Last year Eve came up with the idea for a beautiful wildflower garden. Because we live in an area with shared common grounds, I floated the idea by the neighbors and everyone loved it. Eve, being Eve, went no further with it.

This spring one of the neighbors reached out to Eve and asked if they could work on the garden together, starting with a simpler plan. The neighbor also has a little more garden knowledge than us, or at least a little more garden ambition! She rented a rototiller and the two of them dug up a large patch of land in the side yard. Two weeks later (today), they re-tilled and planted seeds. A few other neighbors came out to join in the fun as well. I popped in and out for moral support and to take pictures. :) Eve wasn’t excited for the hard work and hot sun, but I think she will be excited when the garden starts to grow. I’ll let her get some decorative stuff for it as well, which is the part she really wants. :)