St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s day is my favorite holiday only because of my last name. We made corned beef with braised cabbage, carrots, and mashed potatoes
A Murder on the Deck
The crows are back. While there are always a few around during the winter, they mostly hang out at a local roost. They’re back now though, and remember our deck for the treats I’ve provided in the past.
Range Fixed — Sort Of
The repairperson came out from ABW and fixed our lemon of a Bosch range. He was able to fix the heating issue (the heating element was burned out and cracked) but the door still does not close all the way. At least we can use the oven. The door issue is temporarily solved with strong magnets.
We’ve been given a few pieces of art in the past year and we’ve finally hung them on the walls. Dean’s reluctant to hammer nails in the walls, so this is an absolute delight.
St. Patrick’s Day v.2
Andrew and Alex came over for dinner the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day. I made a vegetarian shepherd’s pie for dinner and a raspberry trifle for dessert. Alex made a Guinness cake. Alex also showed us her juggling skills. Also I picked some Lenten Roses.
Books, Books, Books
I think my lack of writing was a direct result of my nose being stuck in a book (metaphorically since I read on my phone) 24/7.
- Finished listening to The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (Delightful!)
- Read all 4 books written by Abbi Waxman (Delightful, delightful, delightful, delightful)
- Finished Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods (not delightful, but not dreadful) (I read it because I watched the Netflix series based on Woods’ books and wanted to know what happened next)
Quilt from Kevin
A while back my brother, Kevin, asked if I wanted any of the blankets in a photo he sent. I said I wanted the quilt and he said he’d set it aside. It turned out that he sent it and it arrived on March 26th. I don’t know which of my ancestors made it, but I’ll try to repair it and then store it.
More Alone Time & Sewing
Dean and Andrew went biking and I stayed home. Delightful.
I did use my alone time wisely though and tackled a project I’d meant to do for a while. See, we have a down quilt with a duvet cover but the quilt never stayed at the top and ended up bulging out of the bottom like a hernia. I’d tried to convince Dean to agree to get a new quilt and duvet cover with ties and loops but he never saw the need. So I dusted off my sewing kit and repurposed some shoelaces as loops and ties and now the duvet cover stays on the quilt and the quilt no longer herniates out of the cover. (I sewed the shoelaces as hoops to the corners of the quilt and as ties to the inside corners of the duvet cover and connected them when I replaced the quilt in the cover. Delightful!
Sunshine and Raindrops
The setting sun through raindrops on the window looked like fairy lights.
My Serviceberry trees were planted! The last image is more recent — and today all the blossoms are full.
We became eligible for our vaccines during this time. Dean was able to secure a spot for a Pfizer vaccine at the mass vaccination site but due to a computer glitch, I was not. Later, when the glitch was resolved, the provided dates didn’t work out for me but I was able to secure two dates for Moderna about an hour and a half away.
My first inoculation was on April Fools’ Day. I stopped at Wegman’s on the way back (delight!).
Clouds and Flowers and Zoom, Oh My!
I bought some tulips at Wegmans and they are truly delightful.
Our bookgroup discussion of Such a Fun Age was quite delightful, although I didn’t remember a whole lot about the book (which was my choice).
Just before the meeting I took a photo of clouds as the sun was setting.
Lilacs and RAM
Yesterday I noticed that our lilacs, which have not bloomed in two years, have at least three sets of buds. Delightful!
I bought a refurbished desktop on a whim a few months ago but it is sluggish because it only has 4GB of RAM. I’d read that it can take up to 32GB so I ordered 4 8GB RAM and will install it when it arrives.
The delightful image at the top of the post is my gift to Dean for Easter. A Dr. Fauci bobblehead.