29 May 2015

Goals Recap

Suddenly May is coming to a close.  It was a great month!  We ramped up our weekend game this month with lots of events.
Here is May's list:
  • Have a Star Wars marathon.  We watched the original three, it had been so long since I've seen them!
  • Bus stuff (always). We didn't work on the bus too much this month, although Kyle knocked a couple things off the list.
  • Camping / Savannah trip this month!  Well, we never made it to Savannah...
  • We've volunteered at a brew festival at the end of the month.  After work today, we'll be on our way!
  • I've got to finish up the elderberry wine (again) and get a new batch of wine started.  Gah.  A new batch has been started, but the elderberry still needs to be bottled.
  • Plant more things in the garden / keep up with the garden.  I don't think I planted anything else, but we've been eating greens, radishes and peas and watching the tomatoes get bigger and bigger.
  • Make some fun anniversary plans.  I wasn't sure if we'd get a spot on the ferry out to Boneyard Beach, but we made it and it was a phenomenal trip - read about it here!
June is looking like a quieter month, but it's still early.
  • There's a concert in mid-June at the VW dealership - just a quick jaunt in the bus.
  • Piccolo Spoleto festival is going on, and I'd love to attend a couple events for that.
  • Ongoing bus work, of course.  Hopefully we can make some good progress in June.
  • As the summer months progress, it's going to get too hot for most garden plants, so I'm going to start working on a plan for the second season - the one that starts when it cools off a bit.
  • Play around with my camera more - spend one night at the beach taking photos.  I keep trying to learn more about photography, but when it's so sunny that I can't see my camera screen I can't tell how the photos are turning out so I don't really learn anything. 
  • I've been thinking about starting a webcomic, so I want to draw at least ten comic panels in June for practice.
That's about all I can think of right now.   Okay, on to photos from my month.  We spent the first weekend camping close to home.
The garden gets more and more out of control.  This photo is from mid-month, the tomatoes are much bigger now!
We spent a Saturday exploring a remote island.
The local wildlife kept us entertained.
I just love the beach.
Last weekend we went camping with the Moonies, which is always an out-of-the-box experience.  We planned on spending one night camping and then heading down to Savannah for the rest of the weekend, but camping was so great we couldn't leave.
It was such a perfect weekend, full of bright sun, great people, and cold drinks.  Not to mention the hula hoops, drum circle, and kayaking down the river.
We did so much in May.  And it's not over yet!  We've got awesome weekend plans that are sure to close out the month with a bang.  Summertime is the best time!

08 May 2015

May Goals

As April crossed into May, I have officially lived in South Carolina for one year.  It has been a tough year.  BUT there have been lots of positives, and living in SC has been a lot of fun.  I was eating home-grown radishes by mid-April - what's not to love about that?
I didn't choose goals for April, because right now my to-do list is very steady: garden, bus, wine.  And visitors!  However, I think I really need to choose some goals for May to pull me out of this funk I'm in, so here goes.
  • Have a Star Wars marathon.  I'm only aiming for the original trilogy, not sure I want to subject myself to hours of Jar-Jar.
  • Bus stuff (always).  I'll ask Kyle for the list later.
  • Camping / Savannah trip this month!
  • We've volunteered at a brew festival at the end of the month, really looking forward to that event!
  • I've got to finish up the elderberry (again) and get a new batch of wine started.
  • Plant more things in the garden / keep up with the garden.
  • Make some fun anniversary plans.  I've got something in mind but I'm not sure it will work out yet. 
We kicked off April with a visit from family.  Of course that included a trip to the beach...where we found some sea stars (at the last aquarium I visited, I was continually told that they are NOT STAR FISH because they are NOT FISH.  They are SEA STARS!).
We also visited a new taco truck on our way to a brewery.  Excellent.
Now that Kyle is bartending, our weekly bar night has started to look a little different.  But there's still beer.
We did a bunch of bus work but you can read about all that here.
My garden is looking awesome. Baby tomatoes, zucchini with a thousand buds, peas that are starting to blossom!
I'm still dealing with some garden pests, but I think that's a pretty constant state whilst gardening.  I don't know quite what I'm dealing with at this point, though, so I'll keep an eye on things.
The excellent weather continues and I continue to enjoy it.