O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
I am completely excited about this year’s equinox. We’ve had eerily lamb-lovely March weather thus far (which no doubt means the lion part was sleeping and will nab us all around Easter) and I’ve been soaking up the sunshine and daydreaming about new projects for weeks. Earlier this week, I even went so far as to hang my festive springtime wreath on our door before it was actually spring. I know. Don’t tell anyone, alright? It was just so gloriously sunny I couldn’t help myself.
Still, don’t think I lost track of the seasons. Oh no. It’s not as though this day, this beginning, The True Spring went unmarked. The Boy and I kicked off this new iteration of life’s cycle by doing many a springtime thing:
- We went to a church rummage sale where, as is sort of the norm for us, I cleaned up (more gloatage further on) and he found absolutely nothing he wanted.
- The Boy then spent a good part of the day working on his re-wiring project that’s been going for awhile now. It’s looking really good, and he’s in the home stretch (just four more rooms!) although mostly I’m just happy that there’s no longer cables stretched across the laundry room floor.
- I spent most of the day outside, raking the thatch off the back lawn, pulling up the dead leaves from around the irises (do you want some? because we have a lot of irises), pulling up last fall’s mulch layers off various beds even though I know it’s too soon, etc.
- I line-dried the year’s first laundry load (although in retrospect, hoping that rugs would line-dry at 10C was probably overly optimistic) and it made me unreasonably giddy to be able to use my clothesline again.
- I test-drove my “antique copper” effect kit on one of the three matching-yet-not-matchy planters I picked up at the rummage sale (gloat!) and am pleased with the results. Planters 2 and 3 will likely get “made over” tomorrow, before being parked in the shed until it’s warm enough for them to actually house plants on the porch.
- I finally got out of my winter slump and made a new banner featuring today’s springtime sky.
- I lost my mind and despite the fact that I know there will be frost, and probably snow and hail and many nights of below-freezing temperatures, went and planted a bunch of soon-to-be-helpless carrots, radishes, spinach and lettuces. To my credit, I didn’t just leave them to fend for themselves: I parked them inside the awesome lean-to greenhouse my awesome husband gifted me with for my birthday. So hopefully they’ll pull through.
- Ditto the sunflowers seeds that I planted well outside of the protective range of the greenhouse.
- I kicked off what will hopefully be a warm season of crafting by finding some fabric in my stash that suits a blouse pattern (that I also bought at the rummage sale — more gloat!) and laid out the pieces. It’s a tight fit on the available fabric, but I think I can make it work.
- I made my very first batch of home-made ice cream, and was pleased that the recipe did not require me to take it out of the freezer every 18 minutes and whip it, or use a machine (since I don’t have one) or whatever.
All in, I’m very pleased with the day. It was pleasantly full without feeling rushed or frantic — a great pace to set for the months to come.