Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Break...














It's Spring Break this week...although it doesn't much feel like it.  We still have a yard full of snow and a fast moving storm dropped a couple of inches yesterday.  But, we aren't letting that slow us down.  I declared that this would be the week of doping things we don't normally get to do all.  The library, eating inside a fast food restaurant, a visit to see the dinosaurs at the science museum, having friends over to play, swimming at the community center, and this afternoon we are going to head up north for the weekend, to scout out cabins for a family vacation this coming Summer.  It has been lovely.
I got a couple of books I have been wanting to read from the library.  I had put in a request to get them a couple of months ago.  I love getting those e-mails that say I have books waiting.  I do a happy dance...seriously.  a day without reading, isn't a complete day for me.  I started in first on Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.  She wrote Loving Frank a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed it.  So far this one is good as well.  The second one is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.  I have good such good things about it, I can't wait to dig in.
Oh, and I also decorated a bit for Easter and made super easy and yummy granola bars.  All the store-bought granola bars seem to have sugar alcohols in them, so I won't by them.  They are not good for kids and can cause serious tummy upset. Homemade is always better anyway.
Well, I best get packing so we can get on the road.
Peace Friends!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Favorite song...





Love, love, love this song. 

All the world seems to agree.

If you haven't heard it, take a listen.

Peace Friends.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day-dreaming...



I always seem to want to bake something about 20 minutes before the kids get home for school.  That is not really enough time, so they end up with a piece of fruit and some goldfish crackers.  Which is fine.  They sit and do their homework and tell me about their day, while I putz around the kitchen and help with the occasional math problem or spelling word.  They don't need too much help really.  They're smart cookies.
There is a continual falling of water drops.  I have been sleeping with my window open the last two  nights and the melting sounds are soothing and joy bringing at the same time.  Spring is nearly here.  I have started planning this year's garden.  Out with the pumpkins and cucumbers and in with peas and more tomatoes.  I am looking forward to getting outside to run again too, but those things can't happen just yet.  So it's a time of waiting.  The planning needs to happen, but, I am still in a holding pattern.  I spend a lot of time it seems standing at the windows watching the world slowly change.  The garden boxes are now visible, the tops of the dead hostas are starting to show and birds are beginning to fly back and forth in front of the back windows.
So while I wait, there are still books to read, stews to make, and cowls to knit.  My mind wanders easily these days...I need to stay focused!  But, I feel that it is normal and intrinsically human to begin to turn my thoughts to warmer days.  It is, after all, what we humans have been doing since...well, the beginning of it all.  So I will embrace it and remember that day dreaming is not always a bad thing.  But, that to-do list won't do itself, so I guess I'll have to get some work done too.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Melting...




The snow melt is on! We got up in the 40s at some point this weekend and the constant sound of dripping water is making me happy.  Now we just have to deal with mud and slush for awhile.  I don't mind.
I got to spend some time with a new friend on Saturday.  We went thrifting/antiquing and then had lunch at a cute little place called The Messy Napkin.  It was tasty and my napkin did get a wee bit messy...true to it's name!  I found a few little things, nothing big.  It's nice to just be able to walk around and look and to be able to talk and not be interrupted constantly.  That doesn't happen that often with little ones. So having a little mini break is always a nice recharge for me as a mama.
Anyway, life is good.  Kids are well, the sun is shining, the snow is melting...yippee!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Indoor Life...







Kindle Time.
Perler Beads.
A visit from my Dad.
My Dad's amazing, wonderful, to die for, biscuits.
Mountains of snow.
February was a lovel month in a lot of ways.