This week, our apple tree was at its blossoming peak, I think. Gosh, I love flowering trees. The apple blossoms smell much better than the plum blossoms do, and I can spend a long time standing under it listening to the bees.
In other backyard news, our Talavera birdbath and hummingbird feeders are back outside. We have had numerous hummingbirds already. I have seen a few bathing and/or drinking birds in the birdbath as well. Also, our irises and roses have buds!
My trusty orange tulips are blooming now too. I didn't plant them, some previous owner of the house did. Most of the tulips I've planted don't flower. They just send up leaves. Two of them did bloom this year, both yellow. They were pretty but I love these orange ones best of all.
The small Bears and I baked sugar cookies. I used a tried-and-true recipe, Betty Crocker's Best No-Roll Sugar Cookies. I started baking these when the LB was a toddler. They're so easy to make, especially with little hands helping. I make them fairly small, two-bite size like a gingersnap. Then it seems a little better when you've eaten six or seven with your tea. It was really like three or four normal-sized cookies, see.
I've strapped my clodhoppers into a new pair of sandals. Well, two pair, actually. I ordered these Clarks sandals for myself in black and I liked them so much I went back for another pair in brown. They're very comfortable. This photo makes me dizzy; I think I leaned over too far to snap my feet.
I bought a discounted bouquet of flowers at the grocery store this week. They had a shopping cart full of marked-down bunches, most of which still looked very nice. The floral clerk thanked me for buying a discounted bunch. I think they must have to throw them away if they don't sell. I was glad to make her job a little easier and I like my cheerful pink and red bouquet very much.
I was pretty bummed last weekend when our fourteen-year-old toaster suddenly stopped working. I'm an avid toaster-user, are you? I think I must toast something almost every day. The dead one was a wedding gift and it lasted much longer than I expected it to. It was just a cheap Kenmore one (we registered at Sears for our wedding gifts. Good old Sears!). We ordered a new toaster from Amazon. It was confusing; toasters have become so fancy. I ended up ordering the most basic Black & Decker model. I love it! I'm going toast-crazy. I'm going to buy some Pop-Tarts tomorrow. Shh...it's a surprise for the uninitiated of our household.
I'm playing with yarn again. I haven't crocheted since I finished Hensfoot almost a month ago and I'm starting to get a little twitchy. I really love to crochet, have you noticed? I don't know if I've ever mentioned it. Anyway, I finished my Retro Kitchen cross-stitch sampler this week (more on that soon) and now I'm starting to think about my next projects. I have lots more stitching planned, don't you worry, but I'm also thinking crochet again. I want to make a larger blanket for our bed, possibly something with granny squares. I've ordered some more Stylecraft Special DK from Wool Warehouse and it should be here soon. I don't know exactly which colors I'll be using, so I'm just laying out yarn all over the floor. Complaints about tripping hazards have been duly noted/ignored.
Finally, I had a wonderful package from the United Kingdom arrive in the mail for me. Jo, of the lovely blog A Whole Plot of Love sent me a copy of the April 2016 issue of Let's Knit magazine, along with the extras the magazine comes with, and a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs. A couple of weeks previously, Jo had emailed to let me know that she'd been flipping through the magazine when she noticed that me and my blog were mentioned on the magazine's Bookshelf page, a place where notable crafty books, blogs and websites are featured. Jo offered to send me a copy of the magazine when I had trouble finding it in the craft stores near me. This was such a kind gesture and I appreciate a lot, Jo. How lovely to be mentioned! They said such nice things, too. It feels good to be noticed for doing things I love. Thanks, Let's Knit!
I hope you have a great weekend! We'll be doing the usual housework and yardwork, with homeschool and music lessons thrown in. I think there may be some sort of takeout dinner, maybe Chinese, planned for Saturday for the Bear and me, for our weekly at-home date. I'm still watching Midsomer Murders (let's face it, I may never stop, what with the hundreds of episodes on offer), still reading Simple Nigella and now Jamie's Comfort Food, trying to get new ideas because eventually I'm going to have to make something other than toast.