Monday, March 20, 2017

Be Happy - Today's The Day For It!

Today is the International Day of Happiness -- I hope you are celebrating by being happy!

Of course we've had more snow.   We are starting to feel the promise of Spring and are hopeful that we won't have any more significant snow, but we know here in Michigan that things could still go either way.   Since my last post, of course we had Pie on Pi Day.  And corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day -- passing up the lenten fish that my fella loves so much.  For those who were concerned, our local Archbishop issued a special dispensation that allowed corned beef on a lenten Friday.   We love corned beef so much that we had it again on Dominoes Sunday!

I finished another bag from my fabric stash, and -- to my great amazement -- finally managed to make my first two french knots ever in embroidery.   I have been trying to make a french knot since I was less than 12, so this was an unexpected delight, and perhaps proof that even old dogs CAN learn new tricks!

I am hoping for a few mild days.   It would be good to take a walk in the sunshine.   Now that's a happy thought.  :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mid March

I simply cannot get over how fast time is flying by.  It's nearly the Ides of March already.  It's been chilly and damp here in Mid-Michigan, with a few days thrown in that were too warm for the season.   I am cherishing the last few cold days.   Our local Grand Traverse Pie Company has a great fireplace where we can sit with our pie and coffee, and I confess that I do miss that in the summer, although I keep eating pie despite the lack of fire.  :)
Search and Rescue activities continue, with the usual variety of trainings.   We do outdoor drills and planning exercises, map and compass skills and, a fan favorite, practice a variety of knots.
And of course I sew.   My blocks continue to reveal my tendency to jump ahead and not really read the instructions.
I do better with bags, and even though I have no current use for them, I do enjoy making them.

My 12-year-old grandson created a little logo for me, and I sew a bunny button into each bag along with the tags.   We use the name "Reigning Rabbits" because the kids and I play a game where my screen name is Bunny Queen because of the wild rabbits that nest under my front porch.  When they were little, we told the kids that bunnies lived here because I was their monarch.  And of course we liked the play on words with 'Rain' And 'Reign.'
I am following a "40 Bags in 40 Days" decluttering group on Facebook, and -- although goodness knows I am not actually decluttering with any regularity -- I am finding inspiration in the changes people make once they get motivated.   I did pull out a few 'heirloom' hats that belonged to my grandma and that no one seems to want, and gave them to a woman who collects such things.   I'm also making lists and taking photos of things I want to get rid of that someone else might want.    I'll circulate those photos to family and then to agencies and will hopefully begin to move out some of the bigger items that I no longer use.  Baby steps.  The big things distract me from being able to really dig into the smaller things, so I am hoping that moving them out will provide the burst of motivation that I have lacked so far.
The local birds are starting to return to my yard.   I should put out some seed to help them out while we all wait for green things to start growing.    Much as I enjoy the fireplace and the heated seats in my car, ahhhhhhh, I am ready for Spring.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Marching Forward

This was the last block I did in the February colors.   It's a huge block, large enough to make into a baby quilt if I add a border or two, and I am thinking I just might, with a minky backing.   But not today.   I may be Marching Forth (March 4th, get it?   I crack myself up), but I am still a slacker at heart.
The March color is red, so I am starting on that.   I have to laugh at myself.    Every single block I make has at least one mistake and it is, I'm afraid, evidence of my character that I see them and leave them.  All of which to say, yes I know that you see them, too, but there is no point in pointing them out.  There will be no perfection here, so don't dare expect it.    And it has nothing, nothing I tell you, to do with the glass of wine I sometimes sip as I sew.
We had snow again, on the first of March, and there has been snow on and off since then.  It is cold again.  Today when I stopped at Wendy's for coffee with friends, I came back out to my car to find that, in that short time, an icicle had formed between the body of my (very dirty) warm car and the cold pavement.
Thank goodness our Search and Rescue drill this month was indoors because I definitely had my sissy attitude going.   We worked on knots and safety harnesses, always a fun training and definitely a perishable skill.
I got my Canadian Park pass in the mail this week.   We hadn't planned a Canada trip before they offered the free pass, but now it is definitely on my wish list for the year!   That, and a trip to view the total solar eclipse in August.   I have a lot of hopeful short-travel plans this year, wishing like crazy that at least a few of them actually happen.  :)
On the food front, I made a bittersweet, intensely chocolate pudding this week for family and friends.   I didn't tell anyone the secret ingredient until after they tried it -- the pudding itself is vegan, which is nice for my lactose intolerant friends, but it is so rich that I 'cut' it with whipped cream and loved it.  Bon App├ętit magazine, where the recipe originated, says it is nutritious enough to eat for breakfast since -- wait for it -- it is has 6 grams of protein AND is made with avocados.   Oh yeah, baby, breakfast of champions.      Life is good.   And so nice when it is good tasting, too.  :)