Welcome to Friday, friends! Can you believe that Easter is this weekend? It has completely snuck up on me, as usual. Luckily, our yard is looking a little more Spring-like to match the holiday this weekend. I remember the year that we had snow on the ground during our egg hunt – that made things a bit more challenging! Please, make a cup of coffee and let’s catch up with each other.
If you can believe it, another illness has swept through the house this week so we haven’t spent as much time outside. I did manage to get one picture of the bulbs that are starting to shine, but nothing else from our yard. It’s been a week for hot cocoa alongside quiet activities. I’m not even sure if I can describe the weather we’ve had because it’s all been such a blur. I do know that we’ve had plenty of bird visitors in the feeder (that must come down very soon, boo), lots of cardinals flying between trees, and plenty of robins running around the yard.
Last week I mentioned that our dryer had broken and I’d been line drying clothes. After trying a few obvious fixes, it seemed like the issue was going to cost more than a new dryer, so we sprung for one and it was delivered last Sunday. I am so thankful our laundry is no longer dependent on the weather! And if you’re keeping track, in the last year we’ve had to replace our refrigerator, coffee pot, and the dryer. There’s always something to figure out around here! (The coffee pot was the most dire situation for us, obviously.)
I’ve managed to commit myself to reading three books this month that are all 900+ pages. What? Why? How? Obviously, I’ll be hobbling towards the finish line and these finishes will spill over to May. I have the audio for The Books of Jacob so I’m able to listen when I can’t read with my eyes, which will help a lot. (The three books: The Books of Jacob, which I borrowed from the library and must be returned in two weeks; Coming Home and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, which I’m reading as buddy reads with other Fiction Matters patreon members.)
Thanks for all the sympathy about my unraveling on Wednesday. I restarted the pattern that evening and made the same mistake again. I finally realized what I was doing wrong, ripped it back out on Thursday evening and fixed it! I was on track! Until the kitten managed to wrap herself into my needles and take off out of fright: she pulled the wool from the living room, across the foyer, through the kitchen, down the basement stairs, across the entire basement, wrapped it around the room, and pulled it under a couch we have down there. Needless to say, I lost a few more stitches last night. More unraveling to come tonight. I can’t decide whether I should believe that, 1) this sweater is cursed; or 2) I’m going to be really happy when I finish it. I’m really trying to believe the second one, but…
Tonight I hope to get a little forward momentum on my sweater while watching Atlantic Crossing. I missed this series when it first aired on Masterpiece last year, but my local PBS station started replaying it this week. I have the first episode recorded and waiting for me. Easter will be super low-key; we don’t even have a special menu planned, but I have things for baskets and we’ll do a quick egg hunt on Sunday morning. And after the kids go to bed, I’ll be curling up for my yearly viewing of Chocolat (I watch it every Easter), which will feel extra special since I finished reading the Chocolat series this week.
Do you have any special plans for the weekend? I hope you all have a lovely one with wonderful weather. I’ll be back either on Monday or Wednesday of next week. Until then – stay safe and cozy!