My SIL, Christy, has asked me to teach her to knit!! 🙂 I went through my Grandma’s needles and figured out what I have duplicates of and am able to give her 2 sets of staight needles – size 6 and 9 – and 3 circ needles – size 4, 6 and 8. I’m also able to give her some green wool from my stash and I printed out a few pages of directions. I’m going to have her knit a gauge sample and then I found a simple hat pattern that I think she’ll like. There might be simpler first projects….but I know she likes hats like this so better to be knitting something she would like to finish.

The only bummer is that she is about 3 hours away so I’ll see her this month – next month for her baby shower – in April for arrival of baby 🙂 – and then sometime this summer we’ll have a long weekend or week camping. Maybe I’ll be able to visit a few more times to share my obsession! I’m also looking forward to sharing time with her and my brother – they are neat folk! 🙂

Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
Remembers me of all his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;
Then have I reason to be fond of grief.

ATTRIBUTION: William Shakespeare (15641616), British dramatist, poet. Constance, in King John, act 3, sc. 4, l. 93-5 (1623).

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

ATTRIBUTION: C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (18981963), British author. A Grief Observed (1961). A great book!

She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.

ATTRIBUTION: George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (18191880), British novelist, editor. Middlemarch, bk. 8, ch. 80 (1871).

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how;
Everything is happy now,
Everything is upward striving;

ATTRIBUTION: J1 Russell Lowell (18191891), U.S. poet. The Vision of Sir Launfal (l. 7381). .

I was tagged by Violet….so here we go!

1. How much space is left on your Tivo or Comcast Box? I don’t own one..but I wish I did…I can’t figure out how to record anything with this satellite!!! 🙁

2. Have you ever bought a DVD of TV Series and if so, which one? Nope. I’ve had “Monk” on my wishlist for awhile…but it’s sooo expensive!

3. What was the last TV show that you watched before reading this message? That would be last night…nope, didn’t watch TV then..thinking….yesterday afternoon while rocking my nephew to sleep I watch “Fairly Odd Parents” with the kids – .

4. List five shows you won’t miss? I assume you mean what shows I MUST see?? If so, “Lost”, “Extreme Home Makeovers”, “Monk” and “Mystery Mondays” on the BBC Channel (Murder in Suburia and Murphy’s Law).

5. Name 3 people to whom you will pass this stick. Let’s see….who hasn’t done this one?? How about Debra (does she even watch TV??), Theresa (cause she’s been neglecting her blog 😉 and Kate. Since I’m not sure these ladies read my blog … does anyone?? … I guess I need to visit them and tag them personally! 🙂

Last night my friend, Ruth, called and invited me and the boys to breakfast at 8am! Not only that! But after breakfast, she wanted to have J2 (8) and J3 (4) stay for a visit while I entertain myself for a few hours! I was giddy with possibilities – 2 hours kidfree! So, I decided to head to Davis and hit Borders. No one asking for anything or wanting me to hurry or whining! I looked at their very messy craft section but didn’t find anything I wanted to own or that I thought my SP4 would like so I hit the magazine section. I think I may have bought EVERY knitting magazine they owned!! LOL
I also got a new Logic puzzle magazine – I’m so addicted. I think I can subscribe….I should probably do that.
So in the next few days/weeks I’ll be sharing my impression of each magazine. If you couldn’t tell from the picture the magazines I picked up were:

Off to make tea and read, read, read 🙂

We were able to sleep in….that right there made this day sooooo nice! We cleaned the house and ran a few errands and then we headed outside and enjoyed the sunshine! Here is J1 on the trampoline:
Eric and I did a bit of weeding and I mowed the front lawn and Eric mowed the back lawn. Eric also put together this table and benches which I hope we can enjoy this Spring and Summer for homeschool lessons as well as eating and entertaining!

Right now I need to figure out how to finish it…stain or paint? And, what else do I need to know so that it will last?! ARgh!!
I called my BIL and asked him to come help me in a couple of weeks. We are going to loose a big walnut tree in the back yard and I hope we will have enough sun to have a bit of garden…but where? And what do I need to the ground here to get it to grow? I know I overthink these things…and that is why I don’t enjoy it. But I hate to go to all the trouble and have nothing to show for it. Anyway, I hope he’ll come and help me figure out a plan for my yard.
Here is J3 (after his bath) and Eric relaxing on the backpoarch after all the work! 🙂
Lastly, here was a little treat I noticed today hidden in the overgrown lavender in the backyard….a bit of Spring color…hope you can see it!