3.25.2012

The weekend so far...

 Saturday was a 'dip your toes into Spring' kind of day...beautiful warm weather, sun-shiny skies, and fun things to do.  My friend Carol and I signed up for a wreath-making workshop about a month or so ago and have been anxiously awaiting the adventure.  We've heard about Timberview Farms and their workshops and open houses for years, but timing was never right...work interferes sometimes.  The workshop in the basement of the log home was amazing...filled with dried flowers, antiques, wreaths, and other arrangements.  We each made a wreath, and it was done almost assembly-line fashion...but that's a good thing for me.  In less that two hours, we had finished our wreaths and shopped a bit.  I bought some reproduction flower frog mason jar lids and tuberose bulbs.  We did a quick tour of the greenhouse area and then headed to New Harmony.  The scenery yesterday was so breathtaking...dogwoods, redbuds, magnolias, lilacs (yes, lilacs!), and wisteria (!) were in bloom and looking out over the hills and valleys of southern Indiana we saw a riot of color.
 I don't think I've ever been to New Harmony on an "off" Saturday.  Usually there's a town or holiday event going on.  Pretty quiet around town yesterday.
 On our way back to Evansville, we stopped at Hillside Gardens...I've wanted to buy pansies for the last month or so...and they had a huge selection of color at Hillside.
The warm weather makes it so tempting to buy more plants and get the garden going.  I'm restraining myself, knowing that maybe we'll still have dogwood or blackberry winter.

3.23.2012

First Friday of Spring

 It was a beautiful day at the library today...the first "official" Friday of Spring, even though we've had summer-like weather for the past several days.
 There's a park adjacent to the library...it's quiet in the morning...not so much in the afternoon when school is out for the day.
 The weather is perfect for taking a break outside with a cup of tea and a good book.
Is anyone looking forward to the season 5 premiere of Mad Men on Sunday?  I finally caught up on the end of season 4 a few weeks ago via Netflix, and I can't wait to see what Don Draper and company will be up to in 1966!

3.09.2012

Nothing new...just random thoughts

Photo:  Fresh Market website

 Last night after work I stopped by Sam's Club and then Fresh Market.  I quickly got what I needed at Sam's (a few magazines...Flea Market Style, Cottage Gardens, a bundle of romaine lettuce, and some Laughing Cow cheeses) and then proceeded to Fresh Market to pick up a quick meal instead of resorting to drive-through food or worse yet, cooking something when I got home.  Stopping at Fresh Market after 6PM is so different than stopping on a Friday or Saturday afternoon.  I wandered the aisles, not really knowing what I wanted but so sure I would find "it".   No crowds, just a quiet space to shop with soft classical music playing.  It was pure heaven!  I ran into an old friend from Newburgh...she had the same "glazed" look on her face as I did.  She said she had been wandering up and down the aisles for a while, just for sheer relaxation and entertainment.  We both agreed that FM is expensive, but all of the food is just so beautiful.  Feeding the mind, body, and spirit...next time I'm stressed, that's where I'm heading!
Photo:  Country Sampler

 Here's what we've been making in one of our library programs...paper mache bunnies!  We've scheduled three sessions to complete one of these cute figurines.  Thanks to the folks at Heart of Newburgh for letting me borrow all of those candy molds.  The ladies are having fun doing this, and we're all looking forward to next Monday's class where we'll prepare the figurines for painting.
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Lastly, this is a magazine page I've been carrying around for quite some time.  I have a yo-yo fascination and I love the way this bedspread looks...vintage-y pastels.  I've been making lots of yo-yos for a tabletopper I saw in the old Victoria magazine.  Doesn't this look like Spring?