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Looking Back | March.

“…every year, you’re all, ‘March! This is going to be great! Start of spring!’ But it’s definitely not, right? Because there will be a weird, freak snowstorm, and it’s like winter’s started all over. Unexpected things happen in March.” ~ Kate Clayborn, Love Lettering

Of course here in Georgia, March is the start of spring … and this year it also included Third Winter and ushered in a Fourth (which actually began overnight on the 31st to welcome in near record breaking lows for April). Weather aside, we got our first vaccine shots; and I felted a sweater (totally on accident). Unexpected things for sure!

A Gratitude List: longer days. vaccines! cherry blossoms and dogwood blooms. pizza and caesar salad at home, watching Stanley Tucci talk about Italy.

Life Giving: 10 minutes of quiet stillness every morning. @SharonSaysSo on Instagram. Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations. white space on my calendar.

Life Draining: anti-vaxxers (thankfully, I don’t know any of them very well, but what I read/hear, well…). Georgia in the news for 1) a mass-shooting; and 2) restricting voting AND making it illegal to give water to voters standing in line.

A (short) Happy List:

  • Brewing loose-leaf tea, thanks to Sarah for the intro to Plum Deluxe and to Margene for the tip about the coolest infuser mug
  • Manicure Mondays, thanks to Olive & June, and matching my nails to a book I’m reading.
clockwise from the upper left, Cockatoo, Hibiscus, Hibiscus (yep, again), HZ, Lava (I have a few books with red covers and have ordered a red red polish … stay tuned)
  • Peaky Blinders, thanks to Kym. We managed to finish Season 4 before Sara arrived … it’s so good! (violent, yes, and still…)
  • Our taxes are done!
  • I turned the leftovers from that oops!sweater into a pretty cowl – and thanks to Fourth Winter, I even got to wear it more than once!
I’m still on a break from Ravelry – the pattern is Joji’s 3-Color Cashmere Cowl, adapted a bit to work with the leftoversI had.

and that’s another month for me! Did you encounter anything unexpected (besides the crazy weather) in March? Please share!

P.S. a whole separate post is coming next week about the 17 (yes, 17!) books I read last month!!

10 Comments

  • Bonny

    Your manicures look so lovely! I’m not sure my nails would ever look that nice, especially with gardening starting, but I sure do admire yours. Based on this post, someone might think that March was all about manicures and reading (but I’m sure you did other things, too)! I am definitely going to take a look at that mug. I love my Plum Deluxe teas but don’t have a good easy, and neat method for brewing loose-leaf tea. This might be it!

  • Jane

    I think loose leaf tea is just the best. Your cowl is very pretty – a nice remembrance of the yarn in that felted sweater. Sabrina and Corina – the cover draws me to the book. I am influenced by cover art that is for sure.

  • Sarah

    Oooh, thank you for linking to the mug — I’ve been meaning to ask you and Margene what it’s called so I can get one (because I just ordered more tea yesterday). Also, thanks to you, I looked up Olive and June and now every other IG ad I get is for them!

    I truly have a love/hate relationship with March. It’s my birthday month and a month when things start to change, but so often winter reminds us that it isn’t gone yet. Of course, this year we got more snow on April 1, I think, than we got in all of March!

  • lydia

    March?! seems so long ago. Stunning tulips in 2 colors in the front yard, motorcycle license (success), 4 seasons of weather on way too many days. Postponed-now rescheduled surgery. Talk about returning to the office. A bit of a mixed bag, but that’s the world we live in. Often just not a nice place.

  • Kat

    Yes, The Weather played a not so nice April Fool on us… we had a white out snow storm on the evening of the 31st and I woke to a snow covered 20 degree world (with way colder wind chill temps!) It did my forsythia in… booo! But made it seem reasonable to cast on one last woolly sweater! lol

    If you knew how many times I have said… Oh, Georgia… really?? last month. (PA is not immune to voter suppression, we have our own set of restrictive bills making their way through the state house/senate. Thankfully, they will be veto’d!)

  • kym

    So glad you’re enjoying Peaky Blinders! (The sculptured cheekbones and strong jawlines, though? Quite something. . . ) Life is always such a mix of the highs and the lows. Sigh . . . XO

  • Carole

    I envy your manicures! I always chip nail polish instantly so I just don’t bother. Hooray for vaccines and spring weather, boo for anti vaccine people and that new voting law.

  • Vera

    Your nails look great! I don’t recall when I last had a manicure…I stopped polish because of what it was doing to my nails…but I’m thinking a good buffing would be great! And yay for the cowl which is gorgeous = glad you could figure out a way to use the yarn.

  • Patty

    The cowl is brilliant! And quite pretty. I’ve been doing my nails once a week using the Ten Over Ten system and I’ve been happy. We finished Peaky Blinders in March. That Tommy Shelby pretty easy on the eyes!