Monday, February 02, 2009

Potpourri Post

Some days there is so much going on in my life and in my brain that I have to stop, take a deep breath, and organize it all. The blog posts that come out of such days, I usually call popourri post days.

The weekend was a whirlwind. Friday I enjoyed my first Saturday and puttered around in the garden. I pulled some weeds, fertilized the citrus trees and potted plants, repotted a couple of plants that have overwintered. I pulled out my seed packets and realized I had no parsley. So I drove down to my local nursery but all they had in parsley offerings was Italian and I want to plant curly parsley because the curly plants are more flavorful. The Professor and I called the day done at about 4pm and took off to enjoy a cup of coffee--just because we could.

Saturday we were up and around and as I posted, Out and About. The family is involved in sifting through the possessions of a relative of The Professor's who recently passed away. I loved the stories everyone told about having their photo taken by this burro as they were growing up.


And because I never met a dish I didn't like, I photographed some wonderful old china plates that were sitting in the drainer drying, waiting to be packed and sent to the person who will most love and cherish them.





I'm sure someone will ask if I knitted on the drive on Saturday. Well, yes, I did. No, I wasn't driving and knitting. The Professor was driving. I was working on a little blue neckdown cardigan for the newborn son of one of my teacher colleagues. Did I take a photo of it yet? No, not yet.

Sunday after church was spent running a couple of errands, eating dinner, preparing for the week ahead. Do you do that? Spend some time on Sunday making sure you have work clothes for the week, checking that you did all your prep work for Monday?

Today in First Grade we celebrated Groundhog's Day by going out to check and see if we could see our shadows. Since the temperature was cruising up toward 86 degrees and the sky was clear, yes, we saw our shadows, and then we spent 20 minutes tracing each other's shadows with colored sidewalk chalk on the black asphalt playground. A good time was had by (almost) all.

After teaching and tutoring this afternoon, I just came home and did housewifey things--vacuumed the carpets, swept the front porch and rearranged some furniture out there to accomodate our neighbors' patio furniture that we are babysitting while they have some rennovations done.

Some days, boring is nice.

25 comments:

M.Kate said...

Kak Willow, I look forward to boring days. The days when the kids are off to tuition, where I am not a slave to the house cleaning..those boring days or times, are the only times I have belonging to me. Otherwise, it's all around the kids :D

Your weekend sounds similar to mine, spent potting aroud the garden too. Though I cant knit even if my life depended on it haha :D

The biggest regret I had was not salvaging my grandmother's stuff, and she had so many plates, bowls etc., all from the 20's to 50's. When she died, no one wanted any and it was all given or thrown away. Sadly, vintage stuff were not valued so much over here, and I only appreciated it last year while visiting some blogs.

Happy week ahead my dear Willow :D

I was thinking of you when I wrote the rendang/celebration.

nikkipolani said...

Mmm, I like the curly parsley, too, but the Italian seem to be easier to grow for me. I thought your groundhog's day activity was quite inventive, given that we never really have Winter :-)

Tracy said...

Potpourri...that's a great word to describe the every day-busy! And I enjoyed your mix here today, Willow...Especially that gathering of lovely plate. I love old china--wish I had more place to keep collections. Enjoy your busy days, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

Vanessa Cole said...

I like boring days too; they are "mine."

Vanessa

Dorothy said...

Yes! Boring days are some of my favorites.

That little burro that everyone had there picture taken along side of while growing up reminds me of one just like it that was always in my mother-in-law's yard. I wonder what ever happened to it....

Roxie said...

Busy, busy! Thank God for ordinary days!

Love the plates! You know how I am about fine china.

Groundhog day? That's when you eat pork sausage, right?

Knitting Linguist said...

I hear that! Hooray for the occasional boring day :) And I definitely recognize the Sunday prep routine -- it sounds like what happens in our house. Have a great week!

ellen b. said...

Oh yes boring is nice sometimes. The dishes are fabulous and I do hope the person who really wants them ends up with them...
Love the burro!! Who gets the burro?

Robin said...

Your days sound blissful! I like the simple life. Busy enough but not too busy. Meaningful enough but not overburdened.

Jientje said...

Looks like I had a very busy boring day myself!! But I did get a lot of work done!

Jientje said...

I love those dishes by the way!

Brenda said...

I too prefer the curly parsely. And those dishes are quite pretty!

Islandsparrow said...

sounds like you had a busy and productive week! Lovely dishes and very cute burro I can imagine the baskets filled with bright blooms.

Mama Mia said...

Sounds like a productive weekend! And hooray for housewifey things! :o)

violetlady said...

As I sit here looking out at light snow drifing down, it seems so funny to read about someone getting ready to plant their garden. How nice! Last summer someone/something pulled out all my parsley --a rabbit? I didn't know the curly kind is tastier. I will have to remember that.
I love the pattern on those dishes. I wonder what it is. I just bought a single mug at Marshalls with a similar pattern. Do you know what pattern it is?

Lovella said...

Planting seeds. . .oh wow. . that sounds wonderful. I also work ahead now especially for cousin camp. . I scurry about before their arrival and think about meals the day before.
Oh it sounds like shadow games were awesome.

Allie said...

I aspire to boring. I love normal every day life so much.

I also share your love of plates. I don't know what it is, but I love them.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Willow!
My at home guru suggests "W" - and he didn't even know who I was asking about.
I just said I need a letter for the blogging game.
Is he psychic?

Melanie said...

It's wonderful to hear tales of growing up with things. Ihope whoever has the burro keeps that tradition of family photographs with it. I'm also glad that the plate will have a new person to love them.

Yes the curly parsley is good -I've never managed to grow it from seed though. Ditto licorice basil too strangely enough. I thought I had, but then when a garden friend came along she asked why I was growing a buttercup in the seed tray. ahem...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Willow

I don't think life is ever boring as long as we are alive and healthy! :-)

Sorry to hear about the Professor's loved one passing.

I know we are in for 6 weeks more winter! Wish the groundhog didn't see his shadow..lol!

Marg said...

Thanks for posting. I feel like so much of my life is like that. I want to post everything and then nothing comes and by then it's too late.
Oh well, it's fun to see you seizing the moments and opportunities as they come into your life.

Deb said...

Hi ~ I love the comfortable,lazy routine of the weekend. You do such a nice job appreciating the small stuff. Enjoy!

Alison Boon said...

Boring can be very restful at times

Jules~ said...

Good morning Willow. Wow you did have a full weekend. I understand and relate. Sometimes it seems that the weekends are more packed than the week.

I am so glad you received your necklaces and you are all enjoying them. That makes me happy.

Blessings to you and your family.

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