Saturday, March 1, 2014
Every afternoon this week was beautiful. I spent them in the backyard, cleaning out last year's dead leaves in the planter beds, sweeping the patios, looking for new growth in the dirt. The bulbs I planted this fall seem to be taking; I'm hoping for lots of tulips in a few weeks. In the meantime, I bought some at the store; the color seemed unusual to me, the palest lavender-blue. I usually prefer the bright red or pink tulips but these called out to me yesterday.
It's raining today, which I'm enjoying. The weather during the week was lovely, though. I had kitchen linens drying on the clothesline. I've switched to light cotton scarves now that it's warmer. I've got my eye on a mint-green floral scarf I saw at Payless Shoes. I bought a similar white one last spring. It felt a lot like spring, so much so that I even had the back door off the kitchen open in the afternoons. That, to me, is the truest sign. I will eventually get tired of my children running in and out, but for now, I kind of like it.
Do you journal? I'm trying to build the habit. I'm not good at it; I've tried so many times since I was a teenager, but I don't stick with it. I want to, though. I have a little Lotta Jansdotter blank book, purchased a couple of years ago, which I just re-discovered on a bookshelf. As ever, I'm attempting to increase mindfulness and focus. February was difficult, with illness in our home virtually the entire month. I've been feeling worried about some other things too, which is nothing new, but I should try to channel it better. I've found myself losing sleep, and having bad dreams. I've never been very good at handling stress. I want to be cool as a cucumber. My son is that way, and I envy him.
The Bear and I are starting to plan a little trip for ourselves. He has airline miles from his business travel and we could really use a few days away. We're thinking about San Francisco. We went once before, the year before we had the LB, and loved it there. We have talked for years about going back and I think we're going to do it this summer. I'm reading up now. I've got a few things in mind that we really want to do, but I'm very open to suggestions.
I baked brownies this week and I hand-wrote a letter. I bought some fabric (on clearance, $4 per yard) to make a warm-weather dress for the GB. I found two buds among the daffodils and I spotted the first blossoms in our plum trees, which are blooming early this year. I attended a very productive parents' meeting at the LB's school. He passed his cumulative test on long division and is now moving onto fractions. The very petite GB, discussing her friend Clara who is very tall, informed me that "differences abound" among her friends. I have no idea where she learned this turn of phrase, but I've got a good feeling about her future as a wordsmith.