Saturday, February 15, 2014
Late winter, at home
We've had such a pleasant winter. There was snow in December but January was mild. February, so far, has been fairly mild too. We had snow last week, but it's warm and sunny now. The weather lately, and in the forecast, seems more like early spring than waning winter. I've even had some of the windows open the last few days, letting in fresh air and chasing out the germs from our recent illness. I'm starting to feel really excited for spring, especially now that some of my bulbs are sprouting in the yard and the days are getting longer, with brighter mornings.
I love spring, but I don't really mind winter. We have lived in places with serious snow but here it isn't usually a major problem. And though it can be very cold, it's almost always sunny. The sun can be deceptive. I often go out - or send my children out - woefully underdressed. It doesn't help that I haven't had a proper winter coat for the last couple of years. I got rid of one I'd had for many years and never found time to shop for a good replacement. I finally bought one online this fall, but it was back-ordered and still hasn't shown up. I should have that proper winter coat ready to go for next year. Something to look forward to, I guess. In the meantime, I pile on scarves as necessary and am still enjoying my Slouchy Daisy hat, especially on the rare wet or snowy day.
Staying home is our favorite thing, year-round. There's so much to do, from yard work to cooking to crafting. Winter is no exception, though it also brings the opportunity to hunker, to eat soup, to bake and to work on warm projects like crocheted afghans. I've been sewing too. Was there a baby boom in the winter of 2009? We're attending birthday parties for the GB's friends almost every weekend; it's becoming a lifestyle. The small Bears are busy with school and friends, music and dance. Homeschool is humming along; we've been using our ancient microscope for fun and learning. The LB finished a kids' needlepoint project! He's so proud of it. It's made with printed plastic canvas and thin yarn. He worked so hard on this thing. He sat down to stitch in unlikely places, like the kitchen floor. He concentrated deeply, for a long time. I liked to watch him.
Everyone seems to be feeling better now. We appreciate your kind words about the illness we dealt with around here. In other news, we're now the proud owners of a real, live chicken coop! Oh, yes. We decided to buy a kit, instead of building one ourselves, after we priced all the materials and estimated building time. The cost difference was quite small, as it turned out. And this way, we know it's sturdy and comfortable for them. The coop has a built-in run; our yard is not quite spacious enough for free-range girls. The Bear assembled the coop last weekend, first leveling the ground underneath. I'm wondering if I can decorate it. We'll get chicks this spring, when the local sellers have them available. I'm so excited about this! I think it will be educational. I'm also looking forward to caring for animals again.
On TV: the Olympics, of course, and Everybody Loves Raymond on Amazon Prime (we just got a Blu-Ray player; what a picture! Is this what it was like when color TV started?)
On the radio: Stories and reminiscences about the Beatles' arrival in America fifty years ago this month.
On audiobook: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse