Saturday, February 7, 2015
We've had the most beautiful spring-like weather this week. The nights and mornings are still cold but the afternoon highs have been at least ten degrees above normal for this time of year. I've enjoyed it very much; we're spending more time outdoors than we have in a couple of months, and this afternoon I even had the back door open for a little while. The Bear and I took the kids to the park yesterday after school and I actually got a light sunburn on my face! My lips are stinging a little as I write. It's not spring, though. It's early February and this can't last. I don't even want it to; I was enjoying winter, thank you. It looks like it will be seasonably cool again by the middle of next week. We could have a few more short-lived attempts at spring before it comes for real, you just never know. For now, I'm enjoying the warmer afternoons and even did a little early gardening this week. I had some tulip bulbs left over from the fall and I planted them in the backyard planter beds, in the hope that they might still grow. I also planted some bulbs in two flowerpots, after seeing some potted tulips on Pinterest recently. I'd never tried potting bulbs before, but how nice would it be to bring pots of tulips inside? Oh my. As a tulip fanatic, I would just love that.
The tulips won't do anything for a few weeks, but other things are just starting to grow! I've got daffodils just beginning to push up in a very sunny bed in the front yard and the winter jasmine in the front yard is starting to bloom. I have three winter jasmine bushes and only one of them blooms this early. It's close to the house and is very sheltered from cold and wind, while the other two are down closer to the street and not protected at all. For now, I'm buying cheap bunches of daffodils in the store but it's nice to see that the trees have buds, even the poor apple tree whose days are numbered. With the warm days we've had this week, it's so hard not to check the trees every day for signs of imminent blooming. I try so hard not to get ahead of myself this time of year. It takes everything I have.
Inside, we're trying to build skills. In the children, as always, of course. But in ourselves too; the Bear has recaptured an old interest in bread-baking. He used to bake a lot of bread but hadn't in awhile. He bought himself a new bread cookbook and it lit a spark; he made a beautiful loaf and now he wants to bake bread all the time. I'm not going to stand in his way, no sir. I made a quiche and finally did a good job with every part of it - the crust was not soggy or crumbled or burned, the filling set properly and all the vegetables were cooked nicely. I love quiche, and would happily eat it all the time, but my quiches, they've historically been awful. I make a lot of frittatas instead; they're practically foolproof, but they're not quiche. Maybe I've turned a corner. I've certainly got plenty of delicious bread to eat while I contemplate my progress.
Thank you for the glowing praise for Sidney's Square. I'm glad you liked the blanket and the story. My friends should be receiving it any day now, if they haven't already. It felt so good to make something by hand for their baby. They mean a lot to me. With the baby blanket finished, I've been finishing my other current crochet project, Heartwarmer. This big blanket is meant to replace some old, ratty ones we have in the family room. I plan to make one more after Heartwarmer, maybe a pointy chevron design. Do you have a pattern you like? I'm on the lookout so leave a link, please. I've done gentle ripples but never a chevron and I'd like to try that next.
I bought new sneakers this week. They're replacing two old pairs which were falling apart. I have no illusions about new sneakers making me run faster or jump higher but it's nice not to have my toes sticking out through holes in the fabric. Do you have weekend plans? Our weekend will be spent mostly at home; music class for the GB, a stop at a music store (we're so musical!) for a penny whistle because her school teacher is planning to teach them to play, some homeschool work, plenty of time outside while the good weather holds and tonight, a soup-bread-Broadchurch at-home date night with my dough-boy. All very good.