Tuesday Things

I can’t believe we’re halfway through March already. Our 52.5″ of February snow is melting and rumor has it that next week will even be in the FIFTIES. It’s still March and I never count out an April (or even May!) snowstorm, but I’m loving this warm up and keeping my fingers crossed that spring sticks around.

Reading: Finished Any Man. Great concept, really unimpressed with the execution. Another book I’d love as a book club book. I’m about half way through A Secret Sisterhood. It’s not a quick read for me. I keep picking it up and putting it down.

Knitting: I’m still working on Jesse’s socks, but Violet found some yarn during one of our adventures that she said the colors reminded her of the universe and asked if I’d make her a cowl. A super quick no real pattern knit – I just cast on 101 stitches and knit a seed stitch in the round until I thought it looked wide enough. After I finished, there was enough yarn left over that I’m knitting up a hat using a pattern I had on file but without the stripes. I bought the yarn at a local yarn store, but it can also be found on Etsy.

Listening: I *finally* finished the Dirty John podcast. Getting over the upspeak in the first few episodes was really hard for me, but the story was compelling/frustrating. Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History was recently recommended so I think I’m going to have to give that a try.

Watching: I’ve been periodically watching Cheers on Netflix. The fourth and final season of Catastrophe has been released on Amazon and I definitely want to watch it but it’s a dark/tragic/funny show and I’m waiting until I’m 100% out of winter blues territory. (If you haven’t watched it, I *highly* recommend it. It’s made me laugh so hard I cry, but it’s also just straight up made me cry.)

Making: Abram and Violet traced their heads/arms and colored them in this week to send “hugs” to a sick family member. I bought the ingredients to make this salad and that is on the agenda tomorrow as well as this crockpot meal but with chicken thighs (because that’s what I have). I need to sit down and do some work on my embroidery (it’s been languishing for months) so hopefully I pick that up this week.

What are you -ing this week?

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  • I like seeing your knitting projects. You always use the best colors. I haven’t seen Cheers in years. I need to start watching it occasionally. Thanks for the idea.

    As for me I’m waiting for spring this week. It’s been a long tedious winter here and I’ve given myself permission to officially be over any winter angst when spring starts in earnest on Wednesday. Also this week, I’ve got the usual chores to do, errands to run, perhaps a dinner out with my husband, and weather permitting a trip to the zoo &/or a visit to a museum.

    I like seeing your knitting projects. You always use the best colors.

      • Ha! That made me laugh. Color is one of the best parts about knitting, but I can’t take any credit for this project. It’s 100% Violet.

        I hope you have good weather and can have a fun outing! I definitely am feeling the need for one this weekend!

  • 52.5″ of February snow!!! I hope it melts very slowly…

    Love the yarn Violet picked outβ€”I can see the universe in it, too πŸ™‚ . I’m on the gusset of sock #2 of the pair I began last August and am happy to finally be on the home stretch. (Knitting while watching Queer Eye on Netflix, and then I put the knitting down for Downton Abbey.)

    I’m not sure I’d be able to read Any Man, but A Secret Sisterhood sounds great. I’m about a third of the way into History of Wolves and am really enjoying it. The writing is beautiful, and I’m loving being “back” in Minnesota. (Patra going to the Duluth airport to pick up her husband brought back such memories for meβ€”I did that countless times, and also came away “empty-handed” many times!) I also just finished The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, which was an illuminating and maddening read. (A must-read, IMO, for anyone who lives in our area.)

    Baked cinnamon buns yesterday for my son’s 14th birthday this coming Friday. (I freeze them.) And today went for a lovely long hike in the woods with a friend. Other than that, just plugging away at my latest course and trying to get some spring cleaning done.

    Have a good week, Kate! πŸ™‚

    • Cinnamon rolls and hiking sounds like a very good day, Marian. I really hope it was and that you also managed to get some coursework and spring cleaning done. Your productivity inspires me!

      As for melting, it’s starting to, and while we’ve been lucky, lots of people in the area have had water in their basements. It could have been much worse; I know areas south of here have had a horrible time of it.

      I’m glad you found The Death and Life of the Great Lakes as important as I did. I was sad to hear recently that Michigan is continuing to prioritize the salmon fishing industry. I know that it’s really big business and tourism dollars are very important to the Michigan economy, but I feel like the lakes are capable of undoing the damage of the past 50 or so years if we give them time. But that’s a whole big discussion on man/science vs. nature.

      I really enjoyed the writing of History of Wolves too. I’ll be glad to hear what you think about it when you’ve finished.


  • Hi Kate! I have been watching Catastrophe…and I’m not sure about it. I really liked the first season, but by this 4th one I am having a hard time liking either character, so it’s not working for me. Have you seen Better Things? It’s an FX series, so I can’t watch the current season (no cable), but I see past seasons on Prime. It’s got a similar sensibility to it, but it’s been the opposite trajectory for me from Catastrophe. I like it more each season, rather than less.

    I’ve been reading nothing because I’ve been spending random spare minutes exploring embroidery on Pinterest. I’m weirdly fascinated by Sachiko stitching and have been drawn lately to more abstract designs. I’m still plunking away on my Ikea fabric thing, but haven’t had much time for that this week.

    Because it’s SPRING, baby! We’ve been in the 60s this week. Flowers are blooming. The freaking birds have been nutty with their songs and chatter. I’ve been working just a bit in the yard, and it feels so good. I know that spring is the precursor to summer (my least favorite season), but I do love it so. My soul is ready for this winter to pass on. Your snow pics are amazing to me.

    As always, love these updates from you.

    • We are just beginning to see grass along the edges though I’m hoping by the end of this weekend we more grass and fewer snow piles. I’m glad to hear it is spring where you are (60’s sounds absolutely HEAVENLY) and that you are enjoying time in your yard. We still have quite a few winter birds here and I haven’t seen any spring ones yet. I talked to my dad in Michigan yesterday and he said they’ve had robins, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing them soon!

      I’ll look into Better Things on Netflix. I understand what you mean about Catastrophe. I feel like the seasons get progressively and progressively more dark and the characters break my heart at times, but I do genuinely still like them and I think that’s what I like about the show. I just recently read an article about Rob Delaney – I might have to share it on Friday πŸ˜‰ – and it certainly made clear the dark arch of the show.

      I love looking at embroidery designs. We have a large Hmong population here and occasionally will come across installations of story cloths. If you have ever have a chance to see any of those, I highly recommend them. The artistry is unreal. I actually purchased a small embroidered knapsack at a craft booth a few years back and it’s just BEAUTIFUL.

      Good to hear from you!!! πŸ™‚

      • Well, of course I had to go Google Rob Delaney. Wow. I cannot imagine anything worse to live through. And then I read an analysis of what the ending of the series means (even though I haven’t watched it) and now I want to watch it. πŸ™‚