Tuesday Things

It’s definitely spring in Wisconsin. We were 70 degrees this weekend and have snow on the ground this morning. Someone should have known better and not packed up all the winter gear (yours truly). But I still had it close at hand so there’s that. (It’ll just need to be rewashed before being packed up again so I’m kicking myself a bit.)

Jesse and I were supposed to go out of town this weekend but V ended up feeling really poorly (falling asleep in the car on the way home from school and then being super snuggly – both sure signs). She never developed anything other than swollen glands and a nasty fever, but we stayed home to be safe. Managed to take advantage of the sunshiney warm day and washed every window. They were in desperate need.

Knitting: I’ve been having a little soreness in the wrist so I haven’t been doing much in the way of knitting. I frogged a pair of socks I’ve been working on because they ended up looking like they were going to be too big for the intended recipient. I’ve cast on again and have managed to almost finish the cuff. Still looking for buttons for V’s sweater. It’s on my list this week. I’m doing it. Otherwise she’ll outgrow it before I even get a chance to give it to her.

Reading: I started reading The Zookeepers Wife and ordered a few more books. This month’s Reading Dangerously book is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I have it in my purse for those read on the go moments, but I haven’t managed to catch any of them yet. Baseball and soccer practice start this week though, so I’m sure that’s about to change.

Watching: I watched the Louis C.K. comedy special on Netflix. Laughed out loud twice. Cringed a lot more. I like his comedy because he makes me think. I feel like I have a lot on my list and I know I’ve been watching things, but nothing really earth shattering to report.

Cooking: This week is largely brought to you by Cooking Light. We’re also trying a new thing where each kids gets to pick one weekly dinner every other week. This week is Violet’s week. She asked for hamburgers on the grill, baked beans, and a salad. (I can tell she’s thinking summer). Also on the menu is this fish nuggets recipe and shrimp paella. I’m really trying to make an effort to do more food prep either the day of grocery shopping, or the day after. I’m noticing a lot more gets eaten when it’s grab and go.  This blog has been so inspiring to me – both in terms of getting back into the kitchen and being more intentional with caring for me, my family, and my kiddos.

How are things with you? What’s on your list of reading, watching, making, doing? Find any new sources of inspiration lately?

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  • So lovely to see a post from a friend pop into the inbox just as a cup of tea is steeping 🙂 .

    I once made the mistake of being “on the ball” with regards to laundering winter coats and mitts, only to have to dig them out again. Now I err on the side of “hmm…it’s July; I think it’s safe to wash the woollens!”

    I have a beginning-of-a-sock I have to frog too. I picked up some clearance Regia fadig-6 “boot sock” yarn, with plans to finally knit my husband and older son some thick socks, but the gauge and number to cast on are proving to be a bit of a challenge.

    I hope V is better now? My youngest was home from school yesterday with a headache and sore throat. We sat on the couch all day reading The Incorrigibles. Through book 2 now, and will pick up 3 and 4 today — my goodness we’re both enjoying this series immensely. I just finished reading the Fantastic Beasts screenplay (I’m looking forward to that coming to Netflix sometime as I didn’t see it when it was in theatres).

    Your talk of window washing is inspiring me … mine are filthy. As are the blinds. A good spring cleaning is definitely in the cards for my house in the next couple of weeks — it’s always a wonderful feeling to crank open the windows and breathe in the fresh air and sweep out the cobwebs (both literal and figurative).

    Have a lovely week, Kate 🙂 .

    • I really don’t believe it pays to be on the ball when it comes to living where we do and putting away winter gear. One of my friends posted (after we got the snow) “Who is the one who jinxed us by packing away their gear before May?” and she’s right. A few years back we got snow (and not just a dusting but a full out dumping) on May 6th. We’ve also had years where we’ve swam without it being cold on my birthday in mid-late May. Weather.

      Thank you for asking about V! Yes, she is feeling much better. She was fine by Sunday and was back to school by Monday. Poor thing was really fighting something off though!!

      As for window washing, it was wonderful to get it done. It rained the next day. Then snowed. So I’m not sure if I recommend it just yet. 🙂

  • Part-time Diary is a fast, easy read–YA lit. I’m part-way through. Was glad to see a post from you; always nice to see what you’re up to.