Friday, March 22, 2013


My mom mentioned that I haven't been posting much lately.  (Hi, Mom :D )  She's right.  It's just...

That Time of the Year.

You thought I was going to say something else, didn't you ;D

If you've ever lived in the Pacific Northwest, maybe you know what I mean.  It's March.  That means it's been cold, dark, windy, and rainy for about seventy-two thousand consecutive days.  Or five months.  Whatever.  Nothing much exciting has happened since Christmas.  And the majority of us can't just jet off to somewhere bright, warm, and sunny.  So we've just been putting one foot in front of the other and plodding through these mundane days and weeks and months.  Because that's what you do.  You keep going.  You try to keep the fridge full and the laundry empty and the schoolwork done and everyone sane, here at La Casa de Mentia.

And good grief that sounds depressing.  

Which is not what I meant at all.  It's just kind of BO-RING.  Nothing fabulously blog-worthy or even memorable.  Hence, the lack of posting.

Yes.   It's spring.  And the first day of spring looked about like this:

With a few moments of this:

But a lot more rain than anything else.

And then last night it snowed.  Yes, it snowed.  And hailed.  And sleeted.  And rained.  A lot.  Welcome, welcome spring... fah-who-for-aze, dah-who-dor-aze,  yadda yadda yadda.

Which probably explains why it's so enticing to start planning the next school year.  Ooo!  Something new and fresh, instead of stale and mundane!  I have piles of books in my office that I want to use for Gunnar's chemistry lessons and for Wyatt's study of government and economics.  I'm ready to look at the calendar and start dividing everything into thirty-six nice, tidy, manageable units of work.  And then maybe start another quilt.  Something with some bright, summery colors.  Anything, to distract me from one more drab, gray, rainy day.

But spring is trying to come.  Gunnar and I have seen a lot of these on our walks lately.  They're Oso Berry, or Indian Plum.  Crush the vivid green leaves and you'll smell cucumber.

The spots of bright green bring a very welcome splash of color to the drab winter look of the woods.

And tonight (and tomorrow afternoon), Wyatt and I are off to our Easter performances of Vivaldi's Gloria, along with selections from Mendelssohn's Elijah.  Ahhh, now that's food for the soul :D


melanie said...

And because, unlike me, you actually posted about your Christmas festivities in December ;-)

However, we enjoy your 'yada yada yada' daily day sorts of posts just as well -- hee hee. :D

Am I allowed to be jealous of your glimpse of green??

Crystal in Lynden said...

I hear ya. If you get the chance can you tell me more about Gunnar's chemistry lessons for next year. I'm very interested. :-)

Felicity said...

Hmmm... your posting about the weather makes me a tad nervous.... do I know what I'm in for??? We're moaning about the never-ending heat here - we worked out the other day that it's averaged 30C for 7 months now!! I'm looking forward to winter, and wouldn't mind a week of rain. I wonder if I'll enjoy Vancouver's weather after 5 months of rain??
Although maybe if we live there, our families could get together and do something exciting and blog-worthy...???

dlefler said...

Oh, thank you for that picture of GREEN! We are still buried in feet of snow and won't have a speck of green for another month... I am so ready for colors outside of the white-gray spectrum!

Seventy two thousand days sounds pretty accurate to me. Off to empty some laundry baskets and vacuum. Anything to make another day go by so we can see glorious green grass and flowers!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Melanie - hope you get your green going soon!

Crystal - I'll try to put together a post about that soon. It's not too complicated :D

Felicity - oh, I do hope you end up in Vancouver! And you'll do fine. For me, having lots of light around the house helps. I've painted all light colors on the inside, and I use pretty candles and even (Christmas) I mean PARTY lights ;D I keep little twinkly white lights up all year. And you just DO things. Taking daily (or almost daily) walks with Gunnar, even on the yucky weather days, has helped. Fresh air and activity!

Leah... we're a bit jealous of your snow, but not sure how well I'd do with so much of it, for so long! Praying for Matt's recovery.

The dB family said...

We have your spring this year, but instead of raining everyday, it snows everyday. It doesn't stay, and for that I'm glad, but talk about a dreary March! I think we've already had more sunshine in the five days of April than we had the entire month of March. Blech!

I'm looking forward to seeing some green!