The second week of March 2012 has wandered along. How did you spend your days? What did you do? Did you find blessings? I hope your days were filled with choices where you could look and find reasons to be thankful. Susanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts Friday Fave Five so we can share our weekly events of gratitude. Here are more of my March Memories.
We spent the weekend doing this
(90 lbs. of pit bull puppy love, dog sitting for out of town friends)
while walking along here
and gazing at this.
2. The trees are blossoming everywhere even in the Trader Joe's parking lot.
I love how the brown branches criss-cross and make a background jumble of lines against the bright blue sky while the frilly pink blossoms drape themselves everywhere.
3. The California poppies are showing up in my garden and in every imaginable spot where there is a tiny bit of soil to sustain their carrot like roots. I see them blooming on the hillsides, at freeway onramps, in neighbors' gardens.
4. Knitting and knitting. And. Knitting. Green/blue yarn. The body of Liesl is finished. I'm ready to begin the sleeves. Will I finish by St. Patrick's Day? Since the seventeenth is my birthday, I'm still hoping. And knitting. When I told my students that my birthday is St. Patrick's Day, they asked me if I am Irish. I told them that I have enough Irish blood to fill my big toe. I do have Irish ancestors. Two of my great-great-great grandparents were born in Ireland. Their names were William Kent and Ellen Brock. According to the records I have, William was educated at the University of Dublin. So, yes, I'm (a wee bit) Irish. Fortunately, my parents resisted naming me Patricia, much to the disgust of my Great Uncle Patrick (also born on March 17th). I wear a sterling silver clover leaf necklace and clover leaf earrings to honor my Irish roots and celebrate my birthday. If I don't finish the sweater, I will have to be content with wearing my Irish jewelry. Stay tuned...the sleeves shouldn't take too long to knit--I'm using large size 11 needles.
5. Time change. The reasons I chose last weekend's time change as a fave are because now I am back in the same time zone as my son and daughter-in-law who live in Arizona. It's easier to call them when we all think it's the same time. Also, while the sun may rise later now, it also stays lighter longer in the evenings. Light at night makes it easier to walk after dinner which I have done three times since Sunday. It's good for my heart and health.
This weekend we shall be away. We're driving to Arizona to visit Older Son (The Chaplain) and his lovely wife. There will be no beach scenes. Just lots of this: