Few things are as gratifying to me as spending a long weekend at home, which is exactly what I did for this Memorial Day weekend. This entailed planting some flowers, taking down the blinds and putting up new curtains, catching up on some crochet, and enjoying some backyard time with the dogs with the new fence that was built this week.
Tulsa’s 2021 deep freeze winter wiped out everything in the front yard except for the plants closest to the house, so I set out filling those spaces this weekend. I started with some pretty daisies for the pots, and a tropical and some succulents for our little circular “garden” area in the front yard. I spread a few of the succulents out in the hopes they will multiply on their own and fill out the area. I probably should have mixed some pebbles in with the soil for better drainage for the succulents, but didn’t think of it at the time. Perhaps that will be my next project.
Inside, I finally took down our old blinds and replaced them with curtains. It feels like I sprained my knee somehow while doing this; I’m getting old. I shopped around but always came back to Target’s super cute curtains – here are the owls I got for the kitchen window.
Another indoor project I worked on was my temperature blanket, which I really need to catch up on since I’m only on February 8th! This is a good project for me to do while watching TV, and the pets love it when I relax and crochet; they feel like they can settle down, too, and they nap around me, which explains the dog and cat hairs that are an inevitable part of this blanket.
Speaking of pets, I couldn’t be more excited to get a new fence in our backyard for several reasons, but most importantly so the dogs can run free and I don’t have to worry about them jumping the fence! My daughter bought them kiddie pools to celebrate and they loved it all!
Now it’s starting to rain and the plants are getting a nice shower 🌧️
Every spring I get a rush of rejuvenation and pick up a lot of projects that had been swimming around in my head all winter. This week, I finally found a solution for organizing the skeins of yarn and bottles of fragrance oil that have been sitting in piles and boxes in my craft room, bedroom, and closets. I found this really cool, affordable, easy-to-assemble shelf set at Amazon and set it up in the music room/office yesterday. I like how it displays my yarn; I think yarn is very pretty.
This morning I woke up to a nice Easter rain shower, let me take a moment to say that there are few things I love more than waking up to the sound of rain and watching rain out my window. And on a practical note, I also appreciate breathing in the clean air that rain brings after being housebound with Benadryl naps from allergies (that means I didn’t get any more gardening done after last weekend). My daughter got a basket full of Lush bath bombs, something we both love, and then we had a lunch of herb pot roast, twice baked potatoes, garlic bread, and berry pie. It was an all-around very nice day.
Tonight I’m crocheting a spring colored blanket with three strands of yarn… more to come.
It’s officially International Observe the Moon Night! There’s lots of great moon footage around, but I wanted to focus on the idea of reaching new spaces and really liked how this scene from “View From a Blue Moon” (2015) tied the moon landing in with a surfer’s dreams.
“View From a Blue Moon” Trailer:
The song in the trailer is Kishi Bashi’s “I Am The Antichrist To You” –
He released this story with the official video (below):
“Once he belonged to someone.
He had a big floppy ear like a puppy and a tiny tail like a bunny.
Nobody knew what he was, but it didn’t matter to them anymore.
He was abandoned on the street. There he found a hat that was also dumped, and they both decided to take a journey in search of a better place.
The puppy and the hat sailed away in the dark ocean…
One day, they arrived to The Island, where All the creatures were once someones’
family, friend or lover.
No one can visit the island except the ones who came here abandoned…
He met there the pink bunny with whom they spent many years rediscovering happiness again. Then the numbers from their other world arrived…”