Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things.
On this day 29 years ago, my youngest was born. He was 11 days late, I thought he would never enter this world, and when he did decide to come, he was presented sunnyside up, with a huge head, and weighing in at a whopping 11+ pounds. We didn’t have to have a C section, but almost. We are extremely proud of him as he became an EMT at 18 and has volunteered with it ever since. He moved on to earn his Paramedic certification with Advanced Life Support and has worked in that field most of his adult life. He recently has started his own transport company and is awaiting the final inspections to start moving with his two ambulances at the ready. Happy birthday, son.
The snow from last week finally is gone except for a few sheltered places in the woods and on the north side of the house and barn. There is a coastal storm that is threatening us next week, hopefully not to interfere with my friend’s and my drive to the spinning retreat on Thursday. The forcasters can’t decide if it is going to be snow, ice, or rain, we are hoping it is only rain or if the snow or ice is on the earlier end, coming on Tuesday.
I am packed for the retreat and ready to go as compactly as I can be. Since, I am only taking soaps, lotion bars and salves, I have packed it all into one large wicker lidded basket, instead of the usual 5 or 6 wooden crates when I also have yarn and knit wear. This retreat is for fiber folks, they make their own yarn and knit wear.
The only items that didn’t fit were my cash box and my business cards.
They will fit into the red and blue plaid bag on the floor. The group has a nightly happy hour, and the bag will also carry the snacks and snack dishes for the items I will be contributing. We do a gift raffle and as a vendor, I must supply one gift of $20 value or more and will as a participant, provide a second. They will go into that bag as well. That leaves only my clothes, spinning wheel and fiber to put together. That won’t be done until Wednesday night, unless we are going to get snow and ice, requiring my car to be put at the top of the driveway or even up at the paved road, in which case I will pack it all before moving the car.
Today was a beautiful spring like day. The melting snow finally allowed the Buffys to venture over into the garden area to scratch and search for goodies. With the longer days, I am generally getting 3 to 5 eggs a day. Interestingly, the two Americauna have produced more than half of the eggs produced in the past three days. This puts the 6 Buffys to shame.
One of the Americauna’s eggs are blue, the other more olive. The Buffys eggs vary from pink to darker brown and from tiny like the top right to giant like the bottom right. It is nice to have fresh eggs for breakfast and for baking with the bonus of having enough to share with some of my friends. The girls will be cared for in my absence by Mountaingdad and daughter.
The house is quiet tonight. Daughter and family went out to dinner and to a movie for the kids. It is strange to cook just for two after 13 months of having a house full. As I was food shopping today, I found a grass finished New York strip steak, so Mountaingdad got a treat tonight. Risotto and sugar snap peas rounded it out and provided my dinner along with a glass of the Merlot that my brother made last summer.
At the Christmas party for my spinning group, I scored 12 ounces of California red wool. I started spinning it recently and have fallen in love with the fiber. It is a natural white color and spins like a dream. I have one bobbin full and it looks like it is going to fill 4 bobbins once done. Once I see how many yards it is once spun, I will decide what it will become. I definitely won’t sell this yarn.
Our local Barnes and Noble sells Harney and Son teas. A year or so ago, I went on their website to buy one of my favorites, Autumn Cranberry as a bulk loose tea and received a travel sample of Valentine Blend, a chocolate with rose bud black tea. I savored that delicious, fragrant tea, hoping that it would be carried by Barnes and Noble around Valentine’s day. They did not get it in, so again I visited the website and today, my 4 ounce tin and one pound bag arrived, just in time to tuck some into my luggage to go with me to the retreat.
We are hoping that this week’s weather does not produce more school outage. Grandson has only been in school a few days in the past two weeks due to snow, ice or extreme cold.
Tomorrow, I hope to enjoy the warm day to finally weed the asparagus bed before the new shoots begin to emerge.