Buy a Bird Feeder

My husband and I have a bird feeder. It hangs outside the kitchen window, which is above the sink. I recently bought seeds again for it, since I kept forgetting. I almost forgot how much I love having it there.

It is just so great having it there. It’s a surprising mixture of fun and calming. It’s calming watching all the birds come and go and seeing them in the yard in general. When there’s food in the bird feeder, there are more birds in the backyard overall. I love seeing the different types of them. There are so many sizes and colors of birds.

It’s also fun. When we first bought the feeder, the squirrels would climb on it and eat most of the food. We then bought a different type, which closes if there is too much weight on it. Now, if the squirrels climb it, it closes. It can handle several birds sitting on it though. Seeing the squirrels’ acrobatics was entertaining. It’s also interesting to watch the birds wait in line to eat. It’s like they’re at a fast food drive through.

I highly recommend having one. It definitely brightens my day watching them when I’m doing dishes or cleaning the kitchen.

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Snow in April

I love snow. But, there’s something not quite right about snow in April. It’s not common in my area to have snow in April, but it snowed twice this week. Both times, the snow was almost gone by the end of the day. I want to say that I was annoyed, but it was still magical. I love watching the flakes fall from my kitchen window. I love to see them coat the grass and stick to the tree branches. The snow this week may have been even more magical because it so quickly melted from the roads that I don’t think anyone even needed to plow it away.

I am ready for spring, though. I want to see the flowers and bumblebees. My daffodils have started to grow and I don’t want them to die because of random snow. They haven’t flowered yet, but I can see the green stems bursting out of the ground. I have a bunch of them in a small raised bed. Every year, I aim to plant more in that one area. I want it to be overflowing with daffodils one day.

Now, I’m just on the edge of seasons. It snowed twice this week! But, my daffodils are growing! I’d like to be done with winter. Not because I don’t like it, but because it’s time to move onto spring.

Early Spring Cleaning

I hate cleaning, but I love having things clean. I think one of my main problems accomplishing this is that I have a lot of hobbies and hobbies have stuff.

I like to crochet, so I have lots of yarn. Almost all of my yarn is dedicated to certain projects, but I buy it much faster than I can actually crochet. I also like to paint. This manifests itself as a collection of paints, brushes, canvases, and more in my basement. I enjoy coloring and drawing and, thankfully, the coloring books, notebooks, and colored pencils don’t take up as much space as everything else. The least organized of all is probably the scrapbooking supplies. I have so many things for that.

I find it hard to organize everything because there is just so much of it. I should probably donate or throw away a lot of it, but I can’t make myself do it. I see so much potential in all of it and I do use a lot of it quite often. So, I’m stuck trying to figure out what to do.

All of this makes spring cleaning more difficult than it normally would be.

It’s Done

It’s done! I’m finally finished the blue and white blanket that I started at the beginning of last year. One of the main reasons that I wanted to learn how to crochet was because I wanted to make a blanket. I had tried knitting one, but the progress was so slow that I thought I would never finish. When I saw how quickly a friend made granny squares, I realized that I had to try it. After my husband convinced me since I was too stubborn to switch.

Now, I have a humongous blanket for my bed. It’s made from granny squares that are dark blue with a white border and I stitched them together with white yarn. The colors match the coastal theme of my bedroom and the blanket looks beautiful. It’s so big, too. I wanted it to be large and I’m amused that it drapes so nicely over the side of my bed. I love it.

But, now I’m afraid to use it and don’t want the cats to accidentally pull the stitches. I decided that I’ll keep in on the bed when I don’t let them in the room. Over time, I’m sure that I’ll be less concerned about it. For now, though, I’m so excited that it’s done that I want to admire it for a bit.

Middle of Winter

I love and hate the middle of winter. I love that the world slows down and I really love snow. I’m not a fan of driving in it, of course, but I mostly love it. I don’t mind the cold and I enjoy the change of the seasons.

I hate the cold winter days when there is no snow. Or when it rains in the winter. They both just feel so wrong. In my area, the snow sometimes melts between storms. Then, everything seems so gray and dead. It’s definitely not my favorite part of winter.

I associate winter with the glow of fresh snow and the shimmer of ice on tree branches. I want to make snow people with thick sticky snow or watch soft delicate snowflakes gather on everything. I want to wear a hat, scarf, and mittens without being too warm and I want the world to quiet down.

I love winter. I really do. I love all the seasons and I’m grateful that I live in an area where I’m able to have all of them.

Blue and Green Baby Blanket

I love crocheting when there’s snow outside. All of the snow here has already melted after a recent storm. I’m a little disappointed, since there was so much of it and it had already been plowed and shoveled away.

Now, I’m working on a baby blanket for my husband’s coworker. She is having a little boy so I’m making a blue and green blanket. I’m using two shades of green, a bright saturated green and a pale light green. The blue is also bright and saturated. I think using too many pale colors for baby things is so overrated. I know they can look cute, but I wouldn’t want everything to be pale blue.

I’m making blue, green, and light green granny squares. I’m using simple granny squares and arranging them in a repeating pattern. Then, I’ll make a border that alternates stitches and colors. I’m hoping to have it done for the end of the month.

So Many Ornaments

I love buying Christmas ornaments. I especially love buying Christmas ornaments when I travel. I realized this years ago because I always want to buy souvenirs when I’m traveling. I noticed, though, that I was buying things that just ended up in the basement because they really didn’t go with anything in my house and looked out of place. I decided that I’d buy souvenirs that were useful. So, I bought things like beach towels, things that I could use. I had to change that quickly because I could only fit so many towels in the closet.

I don’t even remember the first time I bought a Christmas ornament as a souvenir. I suspect it was almost an accident, that I bought one because there were some on display that looked cute. Now, I buy them everywhere I go. It works perfectly for me. I already know where the souvenir will go when I’m home and I have an excuse to look at it every year and remember when I bought it. On my tree right now are ornaments from when my sister graduated college, my husband and I were married, and my mom and I took a cruise. I have a terrible memory so I should start keeping track of them!

As I think about this now, I realize that most of my adult life is captured in ornaments on my tree.