Is It Spring Already?

Texas Hill Country

We’ve been puttering around the house since we got up, not paying attention to the weather outside except to notice the sunshine and breeze blowing. Brad opened the front door a few minutes ago to discover it’s 74° out there! We’ve got the front door and several windows open to air out the house, which means I’ll be chasing dust bunnies aka dust rhinos later.

It’s a gorgeous day in North East Texas, especially for February. A week from Friday Brad will be seventy and a week after his birthday we’ll celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary. My. How time flies. I hope the nice weather holds for a couple of more weeks but I have a feeling we’ve got more rain on the way. We’re praying that the rain holds off and we get enough sunshine and wind to dry out the yard so our tree trimmers can get in here and take out that dead pine tree. They have another vehicle that they’ll use that has wider tires and doesn’t damage the grass. Not that we have grass so much right now, but it’s nice to know they have the equipment they need.

The fridge and pantry are well stocked and I have two roast chickens: one in the fridge and one in the freezer. Walmart had them sitting out when we were shopping yesterday and I grabbed two. I’ll take the meat off the bones and put the rest of it in the pot to make stock.

I’m biding my time, when not doing light chores around the house, with my knitting. It’s tempting to head to the studio and finish plying that bobbin of yarn or to start photographing my hand-spun yarn for inventory. But that means leaning over a table for photos or trying to keep my back and shoulders against the chair while plying yarn. Also, one of the treadles has begun to squeak and that means disconnecting the footmen from the cranks and raising the treadles to get to the underside. It’s time to get the WD-40 and clean the grease off completely and reapply the white lithium grease that I prefer. And to do that I’ll need to lift the Sonata up and set it on the desk or the plastic table to work on it. Not today!

I’m getting in the mood to try my hand at house plants again. I’m thinking that perhaps what I need is a narrow table in front of the north window in the studio to hold a few pots of succulents. Actually, I’ve got a wooden folding table that would probably work just fine. I could also do the same thing in my bedroom in front of the north window. I have a desk lamp on the table in the bedroom and one on the big desk in the studio that could be used for extra light during the day.

For now I need to get in the kitchen and clear away a few things, wipe down the counters and the butcher block and sweep the floor. Then I’ll come back in the living room and knit on the Hitchhiker. Hopefully there will be a photo of the finished project to post very soon!

Have a blessed Hump Day, ya’ll!

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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