Active April

We had a lot going on in April. E’s sister L was with us for a couple of weeks, which was wonderful. We got to spend a lot of time together talking, playing games, and eating good food.

Speaking of food, the garden patch is planted for the year. I ended up picking potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots this year. I was thinking of cabbage, but couldn’t find seeds for a kind I wanted to grow. I’ve done potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers before, but carrots are new to me, so we’ll see how they do. We’ve had chilly weather lately, but little green leaves are starting to poke up out of the ground.

A couple of weeks ago I was over at Middlebury in Vermont for the spring New England Historical Society conference. I gave a paper on race in the ancient Mediterranean that went very well and sparked a lot of interesting discussion. I started talking with an editor for a local academic publishing house and we may get a project going together; the book I’ve been working on isn’t quite what they’re looking for, but they have some opportunities that sound interesting to me. We’ll see what comes of that.

We are about to have some work done on the house. We’ve had cracks in many walls that seemed to be more serious than just a new house settling in. We had a contractor come take a look at it and he thinks our staircases may not be properly supported, so that’s a big job to take care of and a disappointment. There’s also some rot under the back door that needs clearing out. It’s going to be crazy here for a couple of weeks, but it will be good to get that work done.

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