If you saw the pictures in the last post... some blue skies, clouds dropping moisture in "isolated" spots, warm temps... here's the follow-up:
Later that afternoon, while it was delightfully pleasant, I decided to lay down and read for about an hour. After a short span of time, I heard rain hit the roof. I smiled. Oh, it sounded so good; I hadn't heard rain in months. In my mind's eye I imagined a very nice shower which would leave the ground a bit muddy, sure, but the air would be be fresh and the moisture would be gently coaxing new growth to emerge later in the spring. The rain continued... I listened...I may have drifted into a nap for a few minutes. But then, it was time to get up, and I was looking forward to ...
"What???" Snow??? Sleet??? Rain??? The ground was covered in white slush.
Friday, March 7, 2014
|Those little black dots are the vocal cows grazing in the fields.|
Yesterday's storm clouds began to brake up early this morning and have begun to move slowly east. But a stubborn cluster has gathered in the west to leave one last dump of snow. Possibly rain.
To the north... the clouds are putting on a show of fluffy forms, varying in color from the whitest whites to the darkest greys.
And it's so pleasant out...it's a real spring teaser!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I know... I know..., I'm one of the few who only have one or two projects on the needles at one time. Since I had the lacy dragon scarf on the needles, and it's not a project I could reasonably take somewhere with me to work on, I had to do something. You know how it goes: I try to listen to a conversation or be part of a conversation when I should be paying strict attention to the chart! How many times have a brought something home to frog all the progress I had hoped to make! Oooo, that makes me cranky! So, I HAD to get another project on the needles, and socks are always a good choice.
I love the sock pattern Dee in Florida is working on...and since she made it easy to get the Dragonfly Socks pattern, I decided to give it a try. I usually knit socks on size 2 needles, and this pattern calls for size 1. I'm using Opal sock yarn (75% wool superwash, 25% polyamid), and the color is sort of an eggplanty-brown. So far, I'm loving it. Thanks, Dee!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Ok, I admit it, I took several days vacation from knitting. I was just too busy or too tired to follow the chart, and I didn't want to make any mistakes I'd just have to frog.
I'm refreshed and back at it...that is ... back at knitting the lace scarf. Slow and steady.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ah yes, let your humorous inclinations lead you on... it's helps lighten the mental load.
We made it to March...and I've often said, "If we can just make it to March, we will have made it through the worst of winter." And here we are. Suddenly, the temps are more moderate and then nights are not dipping into single digits or below zero. So, now, the march through March is ON. And we'll need some humor.
I remember when I was teaching high school that the month of March was a tough one. If you're involved with school in any way, you know that it's tournament time for basketball and wrestling. And I noticed that the students are usually pretty exhausted at this point...and not so responsive in the classroom. Grades tend to be at their lowest for the entire year; 3rd quarter grades (due in March) are usually a disappointment. And, it's state testing time. Enough said. Add to that, teacher contracts are renewed or terminated...and the news comes in March. Most of the seniors are gone for a week to see the sights in Washington, D.C. on the Close-Up trip. Teachers are also launching into plans for their final activities of the year -- speech contests, banquets, theater productions, concerts, music festivals, prom, and the like. Oh, and Track season begins.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
And, again, here's the orchestra warming up before the show.
It's been said before, that our county, though meager in population, is rich with artistic talent. It's been proven time and time again. As a kid, I was under the impression that big talent came from big cities. The concept is ridiculous; talent knows no boundaries; tremendous talent can be nurtured even in the remotest areas.
I feel very fortunate to be able to play in the orchestra for the college's spring musical right along side musicians who range from college band and choral directors, to high school band and choral directors, to members of the community band or symphony. A few others in the orchestra are outstanding high school students. I admire their talents!
From my vantage point, I am at the back of the orchestra with Carl on my right. He's a great percussionist and keyboard player; he has taught music for many years and has performed in various bands in a variety of venues. He blows a mean train whistle in this show! Plus, he's the guy with 2 bags of bite-sized chocolate bars. It's great for us keyboard players...too bad for the horns and reeds... a distinct disadvantage to have to wait to nibble on chocolate!
Well, time to get ready to go. We've got two shows today.