March fools!

This weather has been SO dreary – snow, rain, snow, rain, gray, gray, gray. For weeks. And so we do our morning exercise on the treadmill and bike in the cellar. Doubly dreary.

Sunday we were headed out to run a few errands, and A said, looking down the road “Wow, we could have walked outside today!” The road was wet, but clear. So we eagerly agreed that we would walk outside the next day.

Monday morning, early (but before bright!) we got up, ready to walk outside for a big change. We bundled up in sweat pants, warm sox, shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, mittens, lights. opened the door to head out

SURPRISE!

Not just snow on the ground, but still snowing, and snowing hard.

This pair of March fools peeled off all the extra layers and headed downstairs to the dreaded machines.

What a glum way to start the week.

PS. The snow melted, of course, by noon. And we try to remember and be thankful for the strange winter that has let us walk outside before dawn MANY mornings when we normally would not be able to. I remember that one of them was at the beginning of February, so we should not complain that March is behaving like… well, like March. Fickle.

birthdays

Saturday the kittens turned one year old. We had an impromptu party for them – A’s sisters and brother-in-law came over for waffles. Zumba was very social, but Allie hid under the bed covers. Afterwards, she apparently felt like that gave her some special rights.
it's my birthday

She was wrong, and immediately after this photo was taken, she was chased off the counter, and the drying mat went off to the laundry. Really, it did!

Today I spent some time in the craft room – besides the kittens, we have three important March birthdays, so I had some cards to make. Assuming that the recipients don’t read this, I’ll share them here with you.

Diane
This one is for my sister-in-law, who has a birthday on Tuesday. It looks harder than it is to make this one – the hardest part was finding colors of double-sided paper that I liked. BoBunny came through for me with this nice paper, striped on one side, and softly shaded colors on the reverse. Then I used my Cuttlebug and a set of Spellbinders dies to make the medallion.

Richard

Then comes my brother-in-law, who will be 50 on the tenth (the inside says “Welcome to the your 50’s!”) It was the easiest card I have ever made, as it is just a fun sheet of word paper and a sticker. But I think it says it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

mom

The last one is for mom, who has her birthday on the 12th. It’s hard to get a good photo of iridescent chalk, but trust me, it looks soft and shimmery. The background paper is from K and Company, and has a nice embossed texture to it. The oval is once again cut with a Spellbinder die (remember, A got me a bunch of them? I love them!) the stamp is from Hero Arts. I used a glue pad, so that the chalk would stick to the image, then I brushed the whole thing with a soft gray shimmer chalk, and highlighted the scallops with the same blue as the stamped image. It looks a whole lot different without the glue to hold the chalk. Sealed the whole thing with fixative, then used foam squares to stick it to the card base.

And now all there is to do is remember to mail them off in a timely fashion! And of course, start planning for Easter cards and the April birthdays.

How I did with the Friday list

Oh, Mom and I had some good shopping time! Can’t speak for her but I had a really good time.

I did as many of the errands as I could in the morning, including the library (closed!) and the bookstore. I was pleased to find the book club book I was looking for – Light Between Oceans, and a few magazines I did not know I was looking for. ๐Ÿ™‚

I met Mom as planned, at Reny’s parking lot, where we left a car.

First off, we went and found Good Karma farm. That was fun, we got a tour of the barns, met the alpacas, the icelandic sheep, the chicken, the cat. Then we learned all about the process the fiber goes through to become the most soft delicious yarn ever – and they do it all there on site, which makes me like it even more. Lastly, we went into the little store area, and drooled all over beautiful yarn. Finally, Mom selected some to make a sweater vest, and I selected some to make a cowl. I had a really hard time deciding between that and a stuffed mitten kit. I might go back soon for the stuffed mittens….
good karma yarn
When we were done there, we headed downtown, and I showed Mom where Heavenly Socks yarn store is – it is right on Main Street, but very easy to miss as it is in the basement of its building. While there, we managed to get more yarn, and I got some needles I need for the sweater I am working on. AND I found a color of Lamb’s Pride that i have not seen before – periwinkle frost, or something. A color I will definitely get more of, although this skein is for hats, I think I will need to have more of its lusciousness in my life.

After that, we went to Darby’s for lunch. It was delicious and perfect for the day – I had a cup of chili and a half a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and tomato and the BEST french fries. Yum. I was too full for dessert (of my own), but I managed a few bites of Mom’s toffee sundae. ๐Ÿ™‚

Following lunch, we were recharged, and went down the street to Fiddlehead Artisan supplies. It is a wonderful store – huge supply of fabric, mostly cottons, but some woolens and silks as well. The prints are just lovely, not the usual calicoes, but really innovative and interesting prints. I managed to choose 4 silk fat quarters for pillows for the living room sofa. I love a store that sells fat quarters of everything they have, not just the quilting fabrics. Sometime you just need a fat quarter. ๐Ÿ™‚ They also have water-color pencils and crayons, acrylic paints, handmade papers, all sorts of bits and pieces of art supplies, and also, that thing that is IMPOSSIBLE to find in big box stores – WOOL felt. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had fun in there, and I think mom did, too. She bought a jacket pattern, which I love – and might borrow. ๐Ÿ™‚
silk quarters 5
Then it was back to Reny’s, and I got a few treats for A as well as the ginger oil I went for. Mom wanted a lampshade, but they don’t sell them, except on lamps. Still, she managed to get a few things. Can’t go to Reny’s without getting something!

We parted company, and I headed over to the beautiful big Hannaford for the groceries. Realized I forgot my list, but did it from memory, which meant lots of wandering up and down the aisles. It’s all exercise, right? (Only forgot one thing!)

Looking back, I can see that I was in a blue/green mood – maybe because it ahs been so GRAY lately? Or maybe because there is no shade of blue I won’t fall for…