The book is one of my favorites, Around The Year by Elsa Beskow. "March is an old man....Soon he'll be going, the grass will turn green. Soon warm sun will melt him, and he will be gone." And then we'll turn the page and have a new poem for April. And I'll finally be able to put the river glass (ice) away too...let's hope!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Now, all Hubby needs to do is finish the coop!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Also, circular needles? They're taking me a little while to get used to. I'm sure, though, that with patience and practice it will get easier and I'll actually get the hang of cables at some point. I'd love to have the owl hat finished for my oldest's birthday this fall.
Now it's time to cut into that fabric. Yikes. See you next Wednesday???? No pressure, right?
Monday, March 15, 2010
And I came away with an armload of fabric (well, an armload for me as I don't *ahem* really sew) and yarn and, yes, my very first set of circular needles. Ack! What have I done?
I need to teach myself how to cable knit (double ack!!) so that I can make this for my oldest, owl-loving son.
And in the next few weeks I also need to learn how to quilt (CS has vowed to help me through this one even though many of you bloggers make it look sooooo easy with your tuts) a very basic block quilt of cushy, soft goodness for my second and oh-so-tactile, cuddly son.
Last, but not least, retro, vintagy (let's pretend that's a word) black & white fabric to make another apron because I loved my other one threadbare and holey.
Maybe I'll actually join in those WIP Wednesday posts! Although, if I only manage to get the fabric washed up by this Wednesday I'll call it progress. ;-)
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
So, here is a little visual something I hunted up from my archives to brighten our bloggy day.
Where there's a rainbow there's hope. Yes?
Monday, March 1, 2010
I've made a lot of changes (some big, some small) over the last few years. So much so that a college roommate who visited me this weekend was shocked at my new life...more shocked at how happy I was (and the kids were) with less. Wish I had a picture of her face when she spied my knitting basket.
For giggles I made up a list:
- Solar panels on our roof when we built this house.
- Radiant floors heated by the solar panels and an outdoor woodstove.
- We use washcloths instead of paper towels, baby wipes, etc...
- Cloth napkins for everyone.
- Regularly use my own bags for my purchases, grocery and other.
- We keep a veggie garden and also have apples, pears, blueberries, raspberries.
- Kids' lunches are all reusable containers/utensils (minimal plastic)--no juice boxes, plastic baggies, paper napkins.
- Hankies instead of tissues (though only I use them sofar).
- Mend clothes whenever possible. Repurpose them when it's not.
In February we were hit with many snowstorms in a row. Twice we were without power (and as we use well water that meant no running water either). I hand washed (with water from our emergency supply heated by the gas stove).
And turns out I didn't mind. Liked it even. Really. Our dishwasher has been on the fritz, see. Feigning death like an opera star, at least once a month. And Hubby, fix-it hero that he is, steps in dramatically for the save. Tiresome. I realized that we can not only conserve water by hand washing, but also dish soap. It forces time alone that can be spent meditating (while I stare dreamily out the window over the sink) or time spent together (you wash, I'll dry) where talk magically happens. My one small change for February was more of an epiphany: when our dishwasher finally kicks it (for reals this time) we will not buy another one. Nope, you heard me. Done. I look at you, dishwasher, and dare you to leave us for good. We will get on just fine without you. Might just even put a cabinet in your place.
What's in store for March? No more PAM. As in the spray. Chemicals. So. Not. My. Thing. Anymore. But, there it is in my cabinet next to the bottles of olive, peanut, and coconut oils. I only used it for baking...it was soooooo easy just to spritz my bread pans (I long ago got tired of the oil misters gunking up/breaking and all the plastic involved). I was making homemade bread with good ingredients and, yes, spraying the pans!
The solution, it turns out, was under my nose for a while. I'd read the tip many times in frugal articles, but dismissed it. I didn't think of it until I was grumbling (to myself) about the butter (I buy good butter) that gets left unused on the wrapper...which was going into the trash. Our budget is very tight. And wasting food (when I'm spending so much on "good" food) is not an option our budget can withstand. Suddenly I remembered that you can save the greasy wrappers in a baggie in the freezer until you need them...take them out and butter your pans. Duh. And. So. Easy. Pam--begone! And there you have March's One Small Change.