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The Last Day of Winter

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Dear Kay,
Oh, what a beautiful mornin’! (Sing it, Hugh Jackman!) That ol’ weepin’ willa is laughin’ at me!
I love springtime so much. I’m a sucker for it. The redbuds, whitebuds, chickweed, tulips–you can find me out in the yard staring up at the oak tree branches. My friend Joanna just made a salad out of stuff from her yard: redbud blossoms, dandelion leaves and flower, chickweed, garlic grass, bittercress seed pods, violet leaves and flowers. I get it: it’s all so beautiful that you want to eat it.
Tomorrow is the Vernal Equinox, one of the two times of the year when daylight and dark are equal. Over at the Old Farmer’s Almanac, you can go all weather crazy with those people. I like their motto, “Useful, with a pleasant degree of humor.” So much more tolerable than the Weather Channel, where they make you feel like a loser unless you’ve got an F5 tornado in your back yard.
Another name for tomorrow is the First Day of Spring. This sent me into a bit of a tailspin this weekend as I surveyed the woolly knitting projects that have loitered in the corners of the house, ignored by me as I get BOWLING AVENUE ready to go. The most alarming, of course, is that most perfectly wintry of projects, Kate Davies’s brilliant Boreal pullover.
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I had Fair Isle paralysis on this second sleeve, total lockdown freakout. After facing into this appalling inability to work twenty more rows so I can get on with the yoke, I managed to do 14 of them this weekend, which is enough momentum to push me on to maybe get to the end of this great pattern. I do reserve the right, however, to put these snowflakes into cold storage until the fall, when it will be the perfect project to resurrect on the Autumnal Equinox, that other day of the year when day and night are the same length.
“Oh, the cattle are standing like statues.” Seriously, Oklahoma! has to be the trippiest musical ever.
Love,
Ann
PS Those two paperweights are my latest find, six bucks apiece, from my most recent trip to Southeastern Salvage. My motto for this place: “Whatever. And lots of it.” At the moment, they have a 13-foot-long leather sofa that I wish somebody would adopt.
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Requires three coffee tables. Perfect for gatherings with people you don’t really like.

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  1. I Love Love Love the coffee tables!

  2. I’m right there with you about Spring — never underestimate the power of daffodils to lift your soul.
    Regarding the leather sofa — I like leather, but never thought I’d want a big, honking leather sofa. Or recliners for that matter. But, hubbo and I ran across a sectional with beautiful leather that included two reclining love seats and a reclining chaise. I tried to drag him away from the thing, but he convinced me to try out the reclining chaise portion (he played dirty by suggesting that I’d look good knitting on it). I’m ready to sell my house for a place with the appropriate space for the danged thing. That piece of furniture is so unlike me, yet so tempting that I feel wild. A couple of those coffee tables would be perfect with it.

  3. You could both sleep on it at the same time- and the dog!

  4. Southeastern Salvage – I might fear to enter it.
    So you were watching the Oscar Hammerstein program on PBS last night? “Only Make Believe” has been rolling through my head all morning. . .

  5. “The cattle are standing like statues” !!!???!!! I’ve seen “Oklahoma” like 25,000 times, and I never knew those were the words! That’s hilarious! I’m going to sing that all day now!!

  6. Southeastern Salvage – I might fear to enter it.
    So you were watching the Oscar Hammerstein program on PBS last night? “Only Make Believe” has been rolling through my head all morning. . .

  7. I want that couch!!

  8. I would love that couch simply for the looks on people’s faces when they walked into my living room. I, of course, would have to play the straight man. Perhaps I need to take a trip…

  9. That’s a couch for when the in-laws visit. You could line ‘em up on it like ducks in a shooting gallery and just keep passing the Fig Newtons. I’m in the mood for a visit to Southeastern Salvage, or what passes for it in Green Bay, WI, but I’m staying where it’s safe until spring arrives in earnest and I no longer feel like using a flamethrower for spring cleaning. Daffodils! We loves ‘em!

  10. I just love that sofa and it would fit right in with my house. It would look sooo good in front of the fireplace! There’s only one small problem, I live much too far away… sigh… :-(

  11. I know exactly what your’re talking about when it comes to spring. Today I take the girls I care for into DC to go see the cherry blossoms blooming (absurdly and worryingly early, but ah well). I love how each morning on my bikeride I can see a little bit more and more green coming out… it makes me so happy to watch the changes that bring spring.

  12. There’s a store in cincinnati. I see a trip in my future!

  13. Spring here means that it will still be cold, so I’m not putting away my woolly knitting just yet!

  14. How much is that leather 13 ft Chesterfield? Won’t fit in the elevator – will need crane. Boy, that store would take my money as fast as the LYS. Love the paperweights. Convinced that winter comes so that we may be refreshed with spring. A wool sweater with snowflakes started on the beach, why not complete it on one.
    I am reading “Townie.” Enjoying it and would love to know your thoughts on that book.

  15. How much is that leather 13 ft Chesterfield? Won’t fit in the elevator – will need crane. Boy, that store would take my money as fast as the LYS. Love the paperweights. Convinced that winter comes so that we may be refreshed with spring. A wool sweater with snowflakes started on the beach, why not complete it on one.
    I am reading “Townie.” Enjoying it and would love to know your thoughts on that book.

  16. You have summed up Southern Salvage PERFECTLY! Thank you and I will steal this often!

  17. I have that exact sofa — in a more manageable size — in my living room. Leather is the perfect upholstery in a home with pets who shed like winter will never return.
    I have paperweight envy.

  18. Oklahoma is my fave, too. I’m intrigued that you ate all that stuff I mowed just yesterday. Let’s get a list of what’s edible (and pictures) and forage for it all ourselves. I’d love to try.

  19. Oooh, I admire your eye for paperweights! Good work there.

  20. I too am a sucker for springtime. I don’t know one person who isn’t. Oh, wait, I do know one person, but I don’t know her well, so she doesn’t count.
    I would adopt the couch, but I couldn’t for two reasons. One, it would cost more to get it here than the actual cost, and two, I would have to saw it in half to get it in my house. It probably would have to go into fourths if I actually wanted to use it.

  21. Spring is my favorite season, too. I was born at the end of April (in a snow storm, I might add) in upstate NY. But my favorite place to be in spring is the Washington, DC, area. Oh, the wonder of hills of azaleas and dogwoods and the (short-lived) cherry blossoms. Here in Houston spring is just another day.

  22. You are so right; I do feel less-than if I don’t have to run to the bathtub with our mattress. I will no longer feel shamed by TWC!

  23. “So much more tolerable than the Weather Channel, where they make you feel like a loser unless you’ve got an F5 tornado in your back yard.”
    That’s either really funny, or I’m way past tired. Maybe both. Either way, I laughed til I snorted. Brava.

  24. Bought a Cuisinart 12″ saute pan there last month. Can’t get it off the stove because it is in constant use! $10. Good buy. I keep hoping they’ll have a bin of Mochi or Lopi or even some Peaches and Cream!
    When do you release “Bowling Avenue” to those of us in Bon Aqua? There are things I MUST know that go in the Richland area!

  25. I’m happy that spring is here, but I live in New England so it is completely bizarro that I have been able to leave my windows open for the past two days!

  26. Southeastern Salvage or Siren Song? I fear that there are no SS stores here at the opposite (Northwest)end of the country, but know that I would love them!
    Spring is the best. Beautiful, sometimes maddeningly slow (or worryingly fast) but always a season of hope.

  27. Oh what a beautiful Hugh. I was looking for knitting inspiration on MD, but now its to the DVD shelves I think!

  28. That is a perfectly terrifying sofa. I have a weakness for a nice chesterfield, but that would literally take up half of the floor space in my living room.