Monday, March 28, 2011


This is our old guy, Shackleton, asleep in his favorite spot, waiting for spring.  Luckily, the snow has melted and I'm hoping that was the last of it for this season.  Now that it is officially spring, I have high hopes that it will actually warm up and that green things will sprout from the ground.  The stark reality, however, is that it could still snow, and things don't really start growing until May. 

In a burst of optimism, we did purchase our vegetable seeds a couple of days ago.  Soon we'll have seedlings all over the place, and in late May, they'll be in the ground.  I am most looking forward to zucchini flowers, stuffed with goat cheese and herbs, battered and gently sauteed in olive oil.  Anticipation can be a wonderful thing!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Back in Black

Over the weekend, the red-winged blackbirds returned.  If you look really hard, you'll see a black speck in the choke-cherry bush - that's him, our first real sign that spring is on the way.  I'm not even worried about the snow that is falling as I type this.  Not only were these guys back at the feeder, but the cardinals, robins, nuthatches, blue jays, chickadees and the ever present crows were socializing outside my kitchen window.  Maybe they're all happy I changed to a different birdseed this week.

Today is "Pi Day" (3.14).  Math fans already knew that, but if you're not a math fan, please take the opportunity to celebrate by having a slice of pie, and jogging your memory to remember that pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, approximately equal to 3.1415.  Alison insisted we make a chocolate cream pie (we did), and Alex had a homework sheet devoted to questions relative to pi.  I can't say I remember this much fun surrounding pi when I was in school - it was just something you had to remember...

My broken glass-topped stove has been replaced with a shiny new gas model.  It is beautiful and I love how the oven temperature is really the oven temperature, and not something higher or lower like on the old unit.  Now I will have to change my habit of stalking the cookies - checking every 30 seconds to make sure they are completely cooked, but not on their way to being overcooked.  How I will use this new-found freedom, I'm not sure.

Off to plan meals for the week - not because I want to obsess over my new toy, but because it is a week full of practices and performances and family coming to visit.  A little planning, even if it gets shuffled around, will keep me from serving potato chips for dinner.

Monday, March 7, 2011


If you notice the white space around this post, it looks identical to what it looked like outside today.  White.  Everywhere.  Blizzard conditions.  And after almost all of the snow had melted.  Yesterday.

My "look on the bright side" is being tested in a big way.  It has been the winter of our discontent, where Murphy's Law has reigned supreme.  So things can only go up from here.

There was a flower catalogue in the mail today - I'll take that as an good sign.  And the robins are visiting the feeders - if they came out on a day like this, spring cannot be far off.

Wishing you all sunny skies to chase away the winter blahs.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Let's Move On To Spring

I don't know about you, but I am more than ready to see Spring arrive.  There are glimmers of hope - robins are emerging from the woods, and I've heard  (but not seen) the songs of birds not heard since last September.

In a series of roadbumps last week, we are striving to get back to "normal".  One child sick with the flu for a solid week is now regaining her energy; the second child who could win an Academy Award for dramatic portrayal of the common cold is also making great strides thanks to nighttime cold medicine; my kidney stone is gone and all side effects from the removal thereof are also thankfully gone; the ice that has been damming up on the roof and leaking into my utility room has stopped for the moment (can't tell if all the ice has actually melted, or if it has just frozen up again); and a new gas range will be mine next week after my glass-topped stove shattered the other night (a sturdy lid from a soup pot slipped out of my hand, but I was surprised, nonetheless, that it would result in such damage).  Now that I've documented all of our problems, you're probably thinking your week wasn't nearly as bad as you thought.  You're welcome.

This Saturday, March 5, I'll be at a community event - Duanesburg Day - held at the Duanesburg High School.  I'll be showing off some of my hand-dyed yarns and will probably bring along some spinning to go along with one of the knitting projects I have in process.  The event runs from 10 to 3, there is no admission charge, and it is a great opportunity to see what people in our area have to offer (not to mention a chance to socialize after a long winter!).  If you are in the vicinity, drop in to say hello.

And now I'm off to concoct another spring-colored dye for some Bluefaced Leicester yarns!