Monday, April 19, 2010

The Colors of Spring

After such a long white Winter, I cannot tell you how exited I am to see colors like these popping up all around me!

As usual, it's been a little bit since my last post, but hey. I have two little minions, the weather has been nice, and I've been busy! What are you going to do? I have done a bit of spinning since I spoke to you last.

And a bit of knitting, but I don't have any new knitting photos at the moment. Of course it doesn't help that I've added a few more projects to the needles in an attempt to get the patterns written for my friend J's VSC2 Club that will start up in the near future. Speaking of J, look and see what she sent me a while back now! There's a bit of everything here, yarn, tea, project bags, fiber, tasty treats, knitted goodness... The nice thing about doing these little swaps with J is that the time frame regarding when they are to arrive is nice and fluid. We both know the other is busy so if the Winter packages arrive in the Springtime, all is well :)

AND, speaking of Clubs... I am happy to announce that I am going to be putting on a Yarn Club of my very own inspired by Susan B Cooper's The Dark is Rising Series. This was one of my favorite series to read and re-read growing up and one that I still re-read from time to time. Sign-ups are open through midnight April 30 (CST). This will be a half hand dyed yarn, half handspun yarn (or fiber if the participant prefers) and I have been a busy little bee these past few weeks trying to get yarn bases/fibers and little swag goodies lined up for the event.

The Dreams in Fiber household took a little breather this past weekend though and headed to the in-law's lake house all by our lonesome for a little rest and relaxation. Flowers were picked,

Milkweed seeds were scattered,

and little man even accompanied me on a little adventure having to do with the upcoming club (so more on that later) where we discovered this.

All this says to me is "Nimrod was here". I'm not saying all hunters are nimrods, but honestly! How thick do you need to get to decide that using a sign like this as target practice is a good idea? And they were everywhere; all of the signs we came across looked like this! Morons.

Anyhoo, after a quick little dinner, and a nice little sunset, the hubby and the minions got in a bit of casting.

I'd call if fishing, but no fish were caught that evening, just lake slime. That was just fine by us though. Moons were to be found and fires were to be had.

Not a bad little mini-vacation. Of course now we're back to the regularly scheduled activities. Tee Ball games are set to start in a week or two, I'll be busy with spinning for the Club, my Thursday Night Knitting Group is going to have our own little Knit In, one of my cousins is getting Married in a little bit, my nephew is getting baptized, the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival will be going on, patterns must be written, projects must be knitted, things must be dyed, grass must be mowed, clouds must be looked at, birthdays must occur... All of a sudden our weekends aren't as free as they were a month ago, but that's fine too :)

On a little side note, a lovely retired gentleman lives across the street from us and he spends a lot of time on his lawn. A LOT of time. Which is fine; his yard always looks great. Sometimes he even mows it twice in one day! But that's a story for another time. Our neighbor has also made comments to both the hubby and myself about how we have chosen to divvy up our own yard work/shoveling duties. This is also fine as he is entitled to his opinion. I am mentioning our neighbor today because this year... This year... wait for it... I MOWED MY LAWN BEFORE HE MOWED HIS! Mwahahahahaha. I'm not entirely sure why I have such a high level of satisfaction in regards to this little fact, and I'm sure it solidifies my position as an evil person, but there it is. I'm giddy about it :) Of course he's mowed his lawn now 4 times to my 2 and has been out multiple times daily with various sprays and things, and his lawn puts ours to shame, but I'm good with it. We have two active little minions that like to spend a lot of time in our yard so I'm not going to use tons of products to keep our yard looking like a lush green expanse of land that would be welcome in any golf course across the world. I'm sure next year he will start mowing in February.

Until next time... ;)


Mason & Karen said...

Busy, busy, busy! I like the new format. I'm dissapointed you don't have any pics of the skunk :)

Rani said...

Great photos!

You have been busy - Your mowing story reminded me of growing up on a lake and my dad, who was usually home during the day (he was a pilot) would put his dock out the day the ice went off the lake. It was a royal competition!

Love the new look of your blog!

itsJUSTme said...

Wow, what gorgeous pictures!