May 30, 2019
Can I just say how much I am in love with the sights and sounds and smells of spring right now? Every time I'm out in the world, I can't help but notice the long grass, the trees heavy with leaves, the ever-chirping birds, and the overwhelming burst of florals in the air. Everything just feels so alive. I just want to breathe it all in with every chance I get, because any minute the winds may shift. Everything changes, everything stays the same.
It's been too wet to do much in the garden, and my tomato starts didn't...well...start, so I've been hanging inside and working on my second shawl. It feels like life has been relatively quiet for us this time of year. Or maybe we are just procrastinating really hard. Either way, we've not yet dropped into the flurry of activity that typically precedes the annual summer outing. I like to think it is because we are getting more organized with every year that passes, but it could just be the rain. I did take Astrid out to an "orientation" for her art academy at the high school next year, which was really a display of the capstone projects for this year's graduating seniors. Some of the projects (and students) were quite impressive!
We're rolling into the last couple of weeks of school now. Astrid is busy finishing all of her projects due at year's end, and the teachers are piling on the work, trying to cram in everything to catch up. The kids are just done. ...and I'm wondering about summer. What to do? What to do?
May 20, 2019
Last week I dug through our fabric stash and found two good sized pieces of scrap linen to turn into napkins. It was a simple project using materials on hand that may help us save a little money on paper products in the future.
Cynar and I have been talking a bit about how we want to handle Astrid's summer break, and then into fall. It's been a challenge managing on one income for the past couple of years, and we know our current situation is not sustainable long term. But summer is nearing and neither of us is comfortable leaving Astrid home alone for long days, so for now we are looking at ways to cut costs a little bit more. Cloth napkins and homegrown veggies can help. Better for us. Better for the Earth.
I finally got the nerve up to clear out my raised bed. Two years worth of weeds and grass had settled in for a stay. It was no small task, and I was definitely feeling it next day! But I'm so glad I did it. It will feel so good to have something growing again. My tomato starts are sprouting, and will be ready to go out in a few weeks.
My Lola is coming along nicely. This is the second time I made it this far...the first I noticed some missing yarn overs (oops) and ended up frogging what I had done. Apparently I was asleep at the wheel that day. But! Things seem to be moving along now. I've learned my lesson about trying to knit when I'm just too tired.
I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day!
May 10, 2019
According to the forecast, our next nice, sunny day is next Thursday, so I decided to just make the best of it and get some photos of my finished shawl.
- this is the Simple Yet Effective Shawl made with stash fiber. It is American wool, hand dyed with goldenrod, purchased from Ginny's shop ages ago (before it was Little Meadows). The pattern is clearly written and was easy to follow, a great beginners project. I love the subtle color variation in the yarn, giving a simple shawl a little depth. I'm really happy with how it turned out.
The days are getting warmer, and it looks like the rain might be winding down for a spell. I'm trying to psych myself up for The Big Garden Bed Clean-out. I haven't put a garden in for the past two summers, and the space is completely overrun with grass and weeds. But it will be totally worth it when I am bringing in armfuls of zucchini, right?!
Also, did I mention it is wedding season? ...
I've enjoyed working on the shawl so much that I've set myself up to start on another one. I was thumbing through my pile of old Taproot magazines (everyone has one of those, right?) and I found the perfect project. This time I'm listening to the pattern-maker for once, and using the recommended fiber, Quince & Co. Lark in this gorgeous hot-chocolatey color.
Astrid has been sick the last couple of days so plans are a bit up in the air at the moment. If anything, it may be a good excuse to stay home and start that next shawl. :)
May 7, 2019
I finished my shawl! And I would love to share it with you just as soon as we can get some sun and I can get a decent photo. Spring for us is a lot of grey and rainy days, and busy weekends. It's wedding season, you know? And the Dagorhir season is starting. This is sort of how it rolls for us from now until mid-July. Mother's/Father's day, birthdays, weddings, and graduations. And let's not forget Ragnarok prep. Oy! This season for us is just as busy as the winter holiday season. ...and I haven't even thought about homesteading projects!
In the midst of all of this, Cynar and I are each doing our own version of a low carb diet. My energy has really been flagging lately, and I know I feel better when I am more mindful of what I eat. So I've committed to one week of Paleo, and I can decide at the end whether I want to continue.
In all my online digging I stumbled across the idea of a bitters and soda "mocktail" for those moments when you would like a little something. It's actually quite good and does the trick as a no-carb alternative to a boozy drink. Just a few shakes of bitters into a glass of club soda, maybe with a little dash of lemon/lime juice, makes a nice little refresher. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
I will share the shawl just as soon as I can!