Ahh, June. What a lovely month. It’s not-quite-summer but pretty much feels like it, everything is peak green outside, and you can feel the optimism of the warm season all around you. I spent a lot of time nursing our yard back to health (check out the May vlog if you missed the mysterious disaster that ruined our grass), and relaxing by the window as it rained (and rained, and rained).
Admittedly, this month was low-key because I was nursing an ankle injury back to health, but there were plenty of things to work on at home. One of those things was late spring cleaning, which I did a lot of. Here’s the vlog!
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Here are a few of my favorite snaps from June…
It rained a lot this month, which is pretty typical for spring/summer in the city! But it’s definitely been raining more than usual. I love to stroll through my neighborhood on a rainy day. Everything is green, the air feels cleaner, and the sound of rain falling as cars zoom by is somehow soothing… While I wouldn’t call living here “soothing” in most cases, a rainy day is a chance to see your surroundings in a new light.
I love the overgrown vines and plants poking out from everywhere! Nature is always expanding and making itself known.
A sad look at the dead grass destroyed by the tree debris, along with the dead wisteria vine hanging over the scene. This made me really upset. There are bigger issues in the world than my backyard, but it was a project I put a lot of my heart into this spring.
Slowly, everything grew back with the help of some grass seed, water—including rain and hauling the watering can outside twice a day—and patience.
A bit of backyard sketching always makes me feel calm and happy at the end of a long day.
Our cozy little home. Not perfect, but home.
My new hat from Lack Of Color was definitely one of this month’s highlights. I own quite a few of their beautiful hats and this one is probably my favorite.
Simply a perfect day… I was sitting in the back of an Uber when I noticed the clouds looking gorgeous in the sky. My eyes are easily irritated by looking up at the sky though, so I snapped photos to look at later. #skyhack
Only blocks away, I snapped this shot of a perfectly blue sky.
I re-injured my ankle and made it even worse than the original sprain (and it happened just as it was starting to feel better). This is one reason why June was another mostly-at-home month!
Many an afternoon was spent like this, trying to elevate the injury. You can see how swollen my entire foot is, even comparing it to the photo above. I couldn’t walk on it without excruciating pain, but staying off it was also impossible since we live in a duplex.
A lovely discovery this month was teriyaki coconut sauce. Find it. Try it. It’s amazing. Here I’ve used it on fried tofu over greens (the side is veggie mushroom rice).
Keeping with my theme of turning my thumb green, I tried propagating a dead snake plant (lol) and various things I’d found in the yard. No takers.
Mmm, a delicious lunch from a Japanese market. One thing I miss about living in the city (maybe the only thing) is having Japanese convenience stores around. E brought this home for me one day and I was elated.
Something not in the vlog (how did I forget to document this…?) was that we got new dishes to replace the mismatched, uncoordinated ones we’d been collecting over the years. The color makes me happy. It’s such a soothing, beachy hue.
Erin came over to catch up one evening and we laughed all night over bubbly and crackers. While the apartment is a bit small for entertaining (we’ve crammed in a few dinner parties, so I’ve tried!), I love having friends in the backyard.
I did a little canvas-sketching with these neat markers (another gift that E brought home!). I find these incredibly novel and I really want to experiment with them more often. I tried to do a little Scandinavian-style design.
The absolute highlight of the month was attending Otto’s virtual birthday! I can’t believe how big he’s getting. I’ll finally get to visit home again this coming month and I just can’t wait.
This hat, though. This HAT! 😍
Finally, the yard returns to its former glory. The grass grew in thicker than a shag carpet! Now I have the opposite problem: figuring out how I’m going to trim it when it starts getting really tall. The yard is too small to justify a weed wacker or mower, so I might be clipping the grass with lawn sheers (which should make for some amusing vlog footage 😂).
That’s about all for June, friends. Thanks so much for hanging out with me this month. Don’t forget to support my channel/blog by subscribing to the Hey Mishka YouTube channel!
Stay safe, have fun, and remember to celebrate the little things. It’s always worth it and you always deserve it.
See you soon…
P.S. Post-production note: At the end of the vlog I referenced the emergency alert sent out to NYC about potential power outages. While I was annoyed and a little spooked, it’s important to remember that power outages can take lives.
Heatstroke is a major cause of concern right now. Remember to donate your functioning AC units to neighbors (especially the elderly and vulnerable). If you’re in North Brooklyn/Bushwick, check out Bushwick Ayuda Mutua for help with this.
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