Monday, January 16, 2017
When the rain came
Hello! Thank you for joining in with my link party, and thank you for the interesting comments about our most recent hawk sighting. I enjoy seeing them in the yard, though it's true that they are a little scary to have around. We've seen another one since I shared that post; this one was patrolling the garden wall on the eastern border of our backyard. It's a good spot for a hawk because he can see two yards at once - double the chances for a tasty rodent snack. We've seen plenty of those being spirited away lately too.
This weekend was stormy and we stayed inside for most of it. I do so love my stormy days, especially in cold weather. This one was mostly rain, though I think there may have been a little sleet last night when the temperature fell. We had three-quarters of an inch of rain, which is pretty impressive for us. There was a fair amount of schoolwork to do and we all found plenty of other things to keep busy with. The LB is working on a science presentation about types of interactions, including electrostatic ones, so we did a lot of things with balloons.
I crocheted - I'm working on a birthday present - and caught up with my magazines, which have been piling up since before the holidays, when I stopped having enough time to read them as they came in. On Saturday, we watched War Games, an old favorite of the Bear's, which held the LB in thrall for its entirety. My little hacker. Yesterday afternoon, we built a fire. I'd been doing laundry all day and was so glad to sit down with a book. I roasted a chicken for dinner, which we ate by candlelight (and a little extra light from the dimmed light fixture over the table). I have a lot of candles, I realized while cleaning up after Christmas, and I've decided to use them more often. It's less about ambience than it is about de-cluttering, but don't tell my family.
I bought myself a tiny ivy plant last week, which is now sitting on a small table the Bear built and gifted to me for Mother's Day last year. I had an amaryllis on this table until recently, hoping against hope that it would bloom for a second year. I'd stored it according to directions I read on a gardening website, taking it out in early November to start growing again. It sent up two beautiful, healthy leaves but no bud ever came. I waited and waited and finally gave up. I'm not really a houseplant person (I love them but I'm no good at keeping them alive). I really craved some green in the living room, though, so I went to Lowe's and checked out their little display of easy-care plants. The ivies were my favorite. I chose mine because of its variegated leaves. It's early yet, but it looks good so far.
I hope you have a good week ahead. Mine will be busy, but I'm very much looking forward to Friday because it will be our first Private Friday in six weeks! We missed one the week before last due to a snow day. We have plans for breakfast and possible paint shopping (we need to do some exterior painting....like, yesterday). Nothing too exciting, but I can't wait. I'm all about finding things to look forward to at this time of year. Besides Private Friday, I'm looking forward to: watching the next episode of Victoria (I really like it so far), more stormy weather in the forecast, more crochet (I have a bunch of small projects in mind), new bedding for the small Bears (I love having new linens in the house even if they aren't for me) and maybe a new tablecloth for the kitchen soon.
How about you? What are you looking forward to right now?