When he begins singing again each spring I realize how much I missed his song during the winter.
22 March 2010
We have an owl in our neighborhood. I've never seen him, but I know he has returned from his winter hiatus. For an hour on each side of dawn he hoots every few minutes, wishing me a good morning. At night it's the same. Just before sundown and through twilight he bids me good night.
16 March 2010
I started Goosey's quilt 3 1/2 years ago. My ward had just started a quilting group and I was very eager to learn. I took Goosey to a quilt shop and let her choose her fabric. It was on this quilt that learned to cut and piece. I ran into some challenges when we found an antique bed for Goosey that was not a twin, but a 3/4 sized bed. I had to figure out how to make the quilt the right size for the bed. That doesn't sound hard now, but at the time I was terrified that I would ruin this quilt which I had already invested so much time and energy in.
In January I sent the quilt off to a long arm quilter. Seven (7!) weeks later I got it back, and I am so happy with the darling flower stitching all over it. This weekend I did the binding, and now, finally, Goosey has her quilt.
12 March 2010
10 March 2010
Every two months we get a flyer for the community education classes being offered through a local high school. I pour over it each time, hoping that upholstery will be an offering. No joy yet. Chair Caning* is being offered this time though--I'm quite tempted.
In my search for an upholstery class I have become familiar with the standard offerings: Italian 1 ~level 4, Stress Management w/Yoga, Archery, Repairs for the Homeowner, Sour Dough Bread Making, Stained Glass ~level 1, Drivers Education, etc. But there are two types of classes that never fail to intrigue me: first, "People pay to take that class?" and second, "That's just weird enough I wish I had time to take it."
I honestly wonder who pays for classes entitled: Buy a Home/Business Computer, The Internet for Seniors, Walking for Fitness and Fun, Beginning Knitting and Crochet, Stock Market Review, Intro to Windows, Feasting on Spring Vegetables. Personally, I'm a fan of asking my elderly neighbor to show me how to knit in exchange for computer help. I also believe in common sense--I don't think I need anyone to tell me about walking (if I did I could read about it online) or how to eat spring vegetables. Just saying.
Weird offerings this session that I wish I had time to take: Animal Totem Wisdom, Duck Decoy Carving, Herb Safety 101, Crystals for Abundance & Transformation, PetSaver Training, Learn to do Voice Overs.
Have you taken a community education course? Was it of the standard "conversational Spanish" variety or something more exotic?
*All courses mentioned have remained true to the actual spelling and wording found in the flyer itself.
06 March 2010
This is an easy, super delicious cake.
1 1/2 cups very hot water
1 cup oatmeal (better if you DON'T use quick oats)
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Bake in greased & floured pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Stir over warm heat until melted & bubbly:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I prefer walnuts)
1/2 to 1 cup either coconut or small marshmallows (I like the coconut)
If using marshmallows, stir until melted and blended well.
02 March 2010
Here's the thing about March in New England--it doesn't mean much. That is, weather-wise. It simply means that if it's a good year we only have 6 more weeks during which it will most likely snow.
Not spring. Not here. Just everywhere else.