Mother and I shared little things throughout our days together. One of the highlights of Spring was the race to see who would be the first to see a robin. Although we've recently been told that robins do not migrate during the winter, WE have never seen a robin while there is snow on the ground. So, imagine our amazement this morning, when Dear Husband and I both saw two robins in one of our trees! Either there was a little "Do you think we might...?" going on, or there was some gentle claiming of territory. This is the earliest either of us has ever seen a robin, and the only time we have seen them when there has been so much snow on the ground. I wonder what they heck they are eating in place of worms!?
Our snow is melting! I don't know what the high for the day was, but it was very pleasant outside after a week of frigid temps. I think it might have been 40 or so degrees. There was water on the pavement in places, and the ice on our driveway has started to melt off.
I've been searching on-line for a source for a special pasta shape. Years ago DH and I went to a restaurant in Lake Forest, Illinois, where his daughter was working as a waiter. DH ordered a casserole that had Italian sausage, eggplant, perhaps a Bolognese sauce and a pasta that I had never seen before. It was long, narrow and had a ruffle on one long side. It looked like a lasagna noodle that had been cut down the center. I've found a smaller version with ruffles on both long edges called "mafaldine." At one website I found a description of the pasta I want, under the name "tripoline," but I can't find a source for it. Maybe I'll just cook lasagna noodles and then cut them apart!
Today I boxed up 94 granny squares to be sent off to Share a Square. Twenty seven of them are mine. Four other women have contributed to this group. I've found it very satisfying to sit with DH at night and crank out one or two of these squares. It doesn't take many of them before you learn what kind of yarn you prefer to use. I have some yarn that feels like steel wool, that is going to find another home.
For some reason our house is so dusty that it's a trial to keep up with it. I noticed today that the spiky palm-tree-like plant in my bathroom had an obvious layer of dust on the leaves, so one of my chores was to wash the leaves. I just used water and a soft cloth, but it made quite a difference. The ivy is next, but I'm going to use the shower on it.
I spent yesterday sewing together a pieced border for a small whole-cloth quilt I want to make for Scraps on a Mission. Unfortunately, I'm beginning to think that it might be inappropriate...too busy...not enough contrast.... It just feels wrong. I'm going to finish assembling the four strips, pin them on my design wall, and then audition them with two border strips to see if the extra borders will make it work. If not, I've got borders made for some other quilt, and I'll make something different for the original project. I don't know how I ever did without a design wall! Other than having all my quilting things in one place, that wall is the best thing about having a studio.
As you can see, things are quiet, as usual. This week I need to start working on the tax planners for Mother's taxes and ours. Oh, joy......