I have had major spring fever all week. My seedlings are growing, though I think next time I start seeds indoors, I will have grow lights and a table set up. Having pots in sunny windows has proved to be too much temptation for the cats.
I am reading At Home in Mitford again. I have already read this whole series, but I love it so much that I have decided to read it through again. I find it peaceful, contemplative, comforting, and the characters are so true to life while being lovable at the same time. It is quite humorous too! Jan Karon (author) has a gift for funny stories and great dialogue.
I have been knitting like crazy, maybe as a form of self-medication for lingering winter. I have been longing for spring deeply, wanting warmth and green and afternoons spent outside. I finished the shawlette and wore it to church on Easter. This was the Zuzu pattern out of the book Sock-Yarn Shawls II. I knitted it in Happy Feet 100 Splash hand-dyed sock yarn. I love how it came out. It is soft, drapey, warm without being stifling, and has great stitch definition. I also made a hat, and I’m working on a baby cardigan for a friend at church. More about those later.
We went for a hike in the mountains recently, and I thought, like I do every time we go hiking in the mountains, that I really need to incorporate more of that into my life. I feel so restored when I am walking through the forest. There is so much to look at, to smell and hear and touch. It is a feast for the senses. It grounds me. It heals me from the stress and weariness and confusion that life can sometimes hold.
My chickens are still living in the barn, though we are talking about having someone build us a pen for them that is outside, predator-safe, roofed, and big enough to enclose their coop. This is their coop. I am going to paint it barn red with white trim. It is very well-made. The previous owner left it for us, and it is a work of craftsmanship.
We are having a fence installed around the perimeter of our property this week. We talked about doing it ourselves, we discussed at least a dozen options, but the reality is, we would like to focus our time and energy on other projects this summer, and as the dogs keep escaping and need to be contained somehow, a fence is an immediate priority.