Monthly Archives: March 2010

Still Waiting for Spring — impatiently

Friday afternoon the temps dropped at least 20 degrees — sheesh!  By the time I left the office it was 40 and very windy!  And then rain which turned to ice and then snow Friday night and Saturday.  So I am still waiting for spring.

Needless to say I did nothing outside over the weekend.  I did pick up some groceries and did a bit of shopping.  My favorite clothing store had a 40% off sale on the entire store, so I got out late Saturday afternoon — after watching the Jayhawks get soundly trounced.  The place was packed!  I purchased another pair of jeans, a pair of navy blue trousers for spring, a black a-line skirt, two tee shirts, and a gift for my mother’s birthday.  She and I are going on a weekend trip in May, so I bought her a new spring/summer print jacket and a sleeveless tee to wear with it.  I think she will like it.  So a little retail therapy to pick up my spirits after that depressing game.

I spent some time in the kitchen — roasted a butternut squash, made another batch of carrot muffins, cooked some rice, made egg salad.  I plan to make another batch of vegetable fried rice this week, so I needed to get the rice done and in the fridge.

The pug was just bad all weekend — perhaps because we weren’t able to get out to the park.  She kept getting into the cat’s food every time I turned my back on her, tried to get into the kitchen garbage several times, kept leaping at me, pulling the throw blanket down from the back of the couch — just bad.


Let the Madness Begin — March, that is

Ah, this is one of my favorite times of the year!  College basketball March Madness.  The Big 12 championship game between KU and KState was great — I have been a KU fan for years.  I watched mucho basketball this weekend and will for the next few weeks to come!  YAY!  And it is great knitting time, too.  I worked on the sleeves for the cotton baby cardi. The sweater will soon be done.

And the Mississippi State-Kentucky game was a nail biter!  Kentucky sent the game to overtime with a bucket at .1 seconds left — and then won by 1.  It just doesn’t get any better than the madness in March.

I made hummus on Saturday, carrot muffins and vegetable fried rice yesterday.  I love the carrot muffins — the taste of carrot cake without the fatty frosting.  They have crushed pineapple and I add walnuts, and the recipe calls for wheat germ but I use ground flaxseed instead.  I had two for breakfast this morning.

I got my annual spring haircut so I am ready for warmer temps!

I finished reading The Swan Thieves.  It was a good read — I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did The Historian, but it held my interest and I do like her writing style.  I have The Hunger Games in my book bag to start.

It was pretty windy and chilly yesterday but the pug and I got out for a walk at the park after 3 hours of basketball watching.

MidWeek in ICT

We had some nice days — and now it is back to cold and rainy.  However, it has been pretty dry here, so the rain is welcome.  I just wish it was 60s and rainy and not 40s and rainy.

Over the weekend I went to the local garden show.  Beautiful beautiful plants and the earthy and floral smells everywhere!  Hyacinth is one of my favorite floral fragrances — and there were hyacinths everywhere.  I bought some heirloom vegetable seeds — green bush beans, eggplant, and yellow pear tomatoes.

Saturday I ran some errands and took the pug to the park.  Then I moved her tie-out to the back yard and put her on it while I worked in the yard.  I cleared out some bushes, turned over my compost, cleaned out the birdbath and filled it, turned over the ground in the herb garden spot, and picked up sticks.  I think we spent about 3 hours outside.  It was wonderful!

Sunday afternoon after I returned from the garden show, I worked outside in the front flowerbeds — checking my earth kind rose bush, which I believe survived the winter; the young lilac bush has a few buds, but I am not sure whether my cannas and orchid iris survived.  The iris are starting to come up, and so are the tulips in the back.  I told my mother I would like to have some hosta to put in the back flower bed as it is very shaded.  She will give me some of hers when it is time.

I finished the body of the cardigan for little Charlotte Rose.  Now I must knit the sleeves. I finished the dishcloth, but have not knit any more on the sock.

I am trying to read The Swan Thieves this week, but have not really had much time to read.  I still had a gift card from Christmas to Barnes & Noble, and I stopped in there yesterday to browse.  I found a great book of knitting patterns for kids by Zoe Mellor in the bargain section, so I snatched that up.  I bought a couple of books for the Little Buddy to put in his Easter box.

I have a new long list of books I want to read — The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale; The Brick Layer by Noah Boyd; The Postmistress by Sarah Blake; La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith; The Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova; Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier; The Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble; The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine; The Three Weismanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine; and The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell.

I am supposed to go see the movie Valentine’s Day with a couple of friends.  One of the local theaters has $5 movie night on Wednesdays.  But I think I am coming down with an upper respiratory thing — so I may not make it any farther than the couch. Glad it will soon be the weekend.

It’s Thursday and the Sun is Shining!

Ah, warmer temps and sun this week.  What a nice change.  And today I am meeting a good friend for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants.

The fashionista has been phoning, texting, emailing a lot recently.  She has decided to leave her current live-in nanny position.  And she is having a hard time with her decision.  She has some good job possibilities and she plans to stay in Pennsylvania.  She has friends in another town that she is planning to move in with, so no worries about all of that.  She realized after being home at Christmas just how many hours she works a week and she discovered that even though she is required to care for the children most weekends, she is not compensated for it.  And she is also on duty overnight one night during the week, and is responsible for the children every night until 8:30 or so when they go to bed.  She does all the housecleaning for the household, a great deal of the meal prep.  She was very sick for a week with acute tonsillitis — to the point she had to take herself to the emergency room — and her employer had no back up plan and still expected her to take care of the children.  A little unrealistic.  I have little knowledge about being a live-in nanny, but at the age of nearly 22, she is not a homemaker and mother.  She has been anxious about telling her employer, and was finally able to do so this week.  She is giving him 3 weeks notice, which I think is very fair.  And she has an interview on Saturday for a live-out nanny position close to where she will be moving.  She is very hopeful that she will get this job.  And she is homesick.  I have let her know that she can come back home if she wants, but I don’t think she will.  She would be content for awhile, but then she will long to do something more exciting in a place more exciting.

I have been trying to do without cheese and most dairy recently and it certainly is a challenge.  Last week I stopped at the Lebanese market to buy tahini and chickpeas, and noticed they had some fresh produce for sale.  I bought eight baby eggplants and four baby cucumbers.  I need to figure out what to do with the cucumbers before they go bad — probably have them for dinner this evening.  I cut up the eggplants and a zucchini and roasted them in the oven.  I cooked some pasta and added the veggies to a basic tomato sauce — dinner!  And it was very good.  I was pretty pleased with it.

I am not a big fan of soy milk, but Saturday I picked up an iced soy latte at Starbucks and it tasted pretty good.  I guess I just need to add espresso to my soy milk – LOL.  I did purchase a carton of almond milk.  I am still trying to get up enough courage to actually try it.

I don’t have many plans for the weekend.  My Little Buddy’s 4th(!!) birthday is coming up and I need to pick up a couple of presents.  I am leaning toward a Trio building set of some sort — or a pirate playset of some kind.  He loves pirates.  And I will be seeing him some this summer, so I need to update some of the toys at my house.  I need to start looking around to see what I can find that he might like.

The weather is supposed to be around upper 50s to 60 for the next few days, so I plan to take the pug to the park as much as possible. 

Sunday afternoon I am going to the local garden show to look around and dream and admire.  I am always fascinated with the theme gardens that the local greenhouse/garden centers make.  They are always so elaborate and beautiful.

Sunday and Olympic Hockey

I tried to post this yesterday, but my internet connection was acting up.  I watched the US-Canada gold medal men’s hockey game.  Wow — what a terrific game!  And the US gave it a good try by tying it and sending the game to overtime.  I know they wanted gold, but they won silver — and gave it their best.

I worked on this while watching the game.

Charlotte Rose was born on Friday — three weeks early!  So I must get in gear and get her cardigan finished. And Saturday I went to the fabric store and got the cutest buttons!  The sweater takes three buttons and I could not decide between the two.  So, should I use all three flower buttons, all three little lamb buttons, two lamb and one flower, or one lamb and two flower?

Guess the photo didn’t turn out so great.

Other knitting in the works — a Stripes discloth and the hiking sock.

Stripes cloth and hiking sock

And I made a yummy salad yesterday.  A lentil salad with chopped cucumber, diced red bell pepper, sliced green and red grapes, coarsely chopped almonds, chopped green onions, and a dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Lentil Salad

 I had some for lunch yesterday with a baked sweet potato.  And I liked it so much that I am having the same lunch today.

The last batch of books I had I just could not seem to get into reading.  I am currently reading a book called Figures in Silk by Vanora Bennett.  The book is about two sisters in 1400s England — one who has an affair with the king and the other who learns the silk business.  And I picked up Elizabeth Kostova’s new book, The Swan Thieves, at the library to read when I finish Figures in Silk.  One of my friends reads some of the good young adult series books and she recommended two for me — The Hunger Games and The Lightning Thief.  I picked up the first Hunger Games book also. So I have plenty to keep me busy.