First Spring Flower

This snowdrop is the first flower to appear in my yard this year – and I didn’t even know it was there! Did I plant it and forget??? Yes, the daffodils are up, and have healthy quantities of buds, but no flowers yet. I should go check on the bloodroot; that’s early, too.

Turkey of the Day

Driving north along Route 5 in Vermont, I saw a large lump along the side of the road. Of course I slowed down – and then came to a stop, and rolled down the window, and pulled out the camera, and was able to get one shot as it moved off the road and up the hill. There were two large flocks before I saw this guy, but there was always someone on the road behind me, and with no good place to pull over. It’s getting to be breeding season here, and the turkeys seem to be doing well.

Easter Dinner

Featuring grilled salmon with dill, a specialty of my talented brother-in-law, and going clockwise we also had a salad, braised parsnips/leeks/fennel, and roasted potatoes with a lemon-garlic sauce. My sister made individual meringues with strawberries in the center, and chocolate whipped cream – they were really pretty, and I should have gotten a photo of them, too! We’ve taken turns cooking while gathered this extended weekend, and we have eaten well.

One of the buds fell off the amaryllis taken to Mom; we put it in water and it has opened. When the table isn’t covered with food, it sits in the center.

My New Kayak Came!

After having my good kayak stolen off the roof of my car, I decided the next one had to be either foldable or inflatable. I chose the Sea Eagle RazorLite393, a 12′ inflatable, and had it shipped to Connecticut, where I mostly am these days. It’s certainly warm enough to be on the water – but they didn’t tell me it had been shipped until the day after it arrived, so I didn’t bring a paddle down. I did have to set it up, in the large living room of our borrowed  house, so now I know how to do it. It has an efficient pump, and I probably can do it in under 10 minutes if I can figure out the best way to put the foot pegs on – they are a wrestling match, so far. Anyway, next week I’ll have the boat and the paddle in the same place, and if the weather is decent, we’ll be on the water!

Primary Colors

As an unreconstructed art teacher, even in retirement I keep taking photos I would have used with my classes. What might these illustrate? How these colors relate to each other on the color wheel. Choices made in clothing or home decor. Contrast. The possibilities of mixing these slightly muted colors, as opposed to pure red or yellow or blue.

Mud Season!

And that was after I’d pulled it up from the depths! I got home yesterday evening, and was walking the path to the house – and suddenly was up to my ankle in muck! The shoe came off – just as well, as I couldn’t pull it out with my foot! This is why most years I tend to head south for Vermont’s mud season. The same thing happens with vehicles.

Cabin Fever

I recently finished this book, another digital read. It is in parts a meditation, in parts memoir, all inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s nature writings. It is a gentle book, poetic at times – and with a dry sense of humor that helps keep everything in perspective. The family retreat, a small home built cabin, is in southwestern Michigan, not far from the lake; the primary house is in a Chicago suburb. There are children, pets, and a wife; life happens.

Design Success, Execution Fail

I’m very pleased with the design: the two color band, the solid inside with lace outside, using the same lace pattern I used for the cowl and mitts.  I was using up the remainder of the yarn I’d overdyed, and the white was from the gloves I’d made for my granddaughter in January. But I ran out. I’ll use this design another time when I want a dressy hat, and I’ve pulled out this aborted attempt and am going to try to translate the lace design into stranded knitting – I have plenty of white, and will try to use all the remaining red.