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.