It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.
It has been a March of All The Weather… we have had very warm days (72° F on the first!!), some very cold days (a low of 18° F over the weekend, sigh), winds, rain, snow, more winds… and this morning clear skies and sunshine!
But despite all this indecisive weather… I can see leaves beginning on the bushes in our yard, the forsythia have some flowers, my neighbors daffodils are blooming (and stunningly the deer have yet to eat them!), and the maple tree in our front yard is full of “red flowers” that are the harbingers to Helicopter Season! And today I welcome spring! (and I am so very ready for it!)
I also am happy to say that taxes are “done and dusted”… whew! Of course, we owe… but it is such a trifling amount, I can’t even be upset about it!
I had some follow up bloodwork on Saturday… and the results were stunning. My cholesterol dropped 70 points in just six weeks! Thank you, Lipitor™!! Honestly, I am stunned by how quickly that little pill has made a difference… and this morning I am so grateful for the scientists who make life better!
I began the picking up of stitches on the neck of my handspun sweater… it was rather grand, I picked up *the correct number of stitches* the first time! I know. What?!? I am at the three-inch-mark of ribbing and I will put the stitches on yarn and try it on this morning to see what I think about the length… soon after I will be back on Sleeve Island! I could not be happier with this sweater. The yarn gives me such delight as I knit away.
I also raced past the heel turn on Steve’s Pi Sock… and I am in the “straight-away to the toes” which is still a good bit of knitting.
So… all in all, it was a very celebratory and productive weekend! Now I have a bit of homework to get done… the Penultimate Painting for the first day of Spring… it is one giant sea of green… but the real challenge lies in my ability to create the exact shade of green…it is vivid, oy!
See you all back here on Wednesday!
Oh I want to see your painting!! I, too, am past the heel turn and on the large foot of Fletcher’s first Pi Sock. As you say, still a way to go! It is sunny here with blue skies, but bittely cold. And the wind was at it again last night. I have fresh daffodils on the table and garlic shoots are up in the garden…Spring has arrived…I just wish it would get at least a little bit warmer.
Wow. 70!! We haven’t even hit 50F yet! But I match your 18… brr.
I took another gander at our taxes yesterday and was thrilled that the “owed” number that stuck in my head was much larger than the actual. One more little bit of info to input and we’re ready (and it *should* move that number in our favor, just a little).
What a good weekend! Spring on the way, taxes done, only owing a trifle (that just means you got to keep your money for the year instead of loaning it to the government), excellent bloodwork, picking up the correct number of stitches the first time, and past the heel on socks that will fit Steve are all pretty big things. Enjoy (and I would like to see your painting, too, if you feel like sharing)!
Lots of very good things on this first day of spring! I’m especially happy to hear about your cholesterol numbers — that’s very impressive! I think any time you manage to pick up the right number of stitches on the first attempt, it’s a sign that you’ve got luck on your side on that project. I can’t wait to see the finished sweater!
I love all the positive things in this post! Hooray for spring and good bloodwork and successful knitting endeavors!
Terrific post full of a Good weekend. Looking forward to seeing the picture, with the green.
Better Living Through Chemistry . . . as we say around here. 🙂
And we have NOT A LEAF (or even any swelling buds) here in this corner of the world yet. But, soon. I’m sure soon. I remember visiting my daughter for her spring break when she was at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh . . . and always being AMAZED at how much earlier “spring” was in Pittsburgh than it was for us in Kalamazoo. But eventually, we did catch up. And I’m sure that will be the case this year, too . . . Enjoy having your taxes done-and-dusted, and celebrate that *pick up* for your neck ribbing!
Another Kat Post where I can FEEL your energy coming through the lines!! Congrats–on the taxes and cholesterol…two biggies that not everyone can celebrate. So YAY.
And–I thought the total groan of picking up stitches along the neckline was a ‘personal problem’ for me. I find it very hard–and never as straightforward as the YouTube tutorials make it appear. Why is it so cumbersome? (Rhetorical question, I suppose.)
Picking up those stitches *is hard*!!! But I this pattern as taught me that the cast on you use matters, now of course that theory goes right out the window on button bands…but a tidy collar is a delight. Bonus points to Ailbíona McLochlainn for teaching me this newly acquired skill!
Your weekend sounds quite excellent. Go you for picking up the right number of neck stitches on the first attempt. Sometimes the knitting goddesses smile on us. I am glad you bloodwork is in the healthier range. I look forward to seeing a little of that sweater.