And another one....

This was a winter with little or no snow here in the wilds of Southern New Jersey.  I have listened to the people around me rejoice about this but I am not a happy camper.  In my head, I know less snow is safer (unless it means ice storms) but if it doesn't get cold and freeze over, how are we going to survive the hot summer months?   I need the contrast to help me get through.  
Spring has officially come but the poor bulbs didn't know they still had time to wait and we had many daffodils all blooming the day before we were due for a major winter storm.  I asked Elanor to go out and cut all of the blooming daffs so we wouldn't lose them all to the ice we were anticipating.  The storm was a bust but we had vases and jars of springtime sunshine all through the house.  We made it through St Patrick's Day with only 2 loaves of soda bread.  It was yummy (and there's still a loaf in the freezer).
 In a "swap", I traded these purple hand knit socks for a set of b…
Today is International Women's Day.  I couldn't take off so I am wearing red in acknowledgement of the struggles of women all over the world every day.

To be fair, I cannot claim to have been hindered by being a woman.  When I was young, my father wouldn't buy me a basketball because "basketball is for boys".  My mother wouldn't allow me to play certain instruments in the school band "because they are not ladylike".  I ended up becoming a majorette.  A very girly thing.  Fortunately, I liked twirling a baton.....

In my lifetime, I have seen the word, "feminist" go from being something to be proud of to being a word that people are afraid of being associated with.  I remember being told that some jobs were "not for women". 

When my 3 girls were born, from the very start, I told them they could do anything.  Being a woman was a plus and they were lucky to be born women.  They believed me and I have three very strong, intelligent a…

Number 6

It's Friday morning and it's quiet here on the second floor of my building, down the hall, in the corner by the kitchen (or what used to be a kitchen.  Now it's just a room with vending machines and a sink and microwave).  Once in a while, I can hear the sounds of my fellow early risers down the hall laughing but usually, it's quiet enough to hear the clock on the wall tick.
The snowstorm never developed into much to talk about (although you wouldn't know it by the weather people).  I requested the day off in case of inclement weather.  To be fair, at 6 AM, the weather looked inclement.  It was snowing hard and so I decided to stay home.  By 11, the sun was out and all told, we got about an inch of snow.  Yea.  All that hype and just an inch.  I would like just one good snowstorm where you sit inside by the window and watch the sharp edges of the world disappear beneath the snow.   It feels like we usually get that kind of storm right around this time each year but …
High: 64 °F (16.6C)
This is our forecast for today.  I took this from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the government's weather site.  They tend to be less dramatic than the local stations when it comes to predicting "winter events" and things. 
Today will be Spring-like (my office window is open at 7 AM because it's already too hot in here)

Number. 4

I think Sunday afternoon is one of my favorite times of the week.  Usually, everything is already prepared for the upcoming week (my bag is packed and my laundry is done), dinner is in the oven (tonight roast chicken with mashed potatoes and fresh green beans) and it's a time for walks, movies, books and just plain spending time with my husband.
The house smells delicious as the chicken cooks.  Yesterday I made a loaf of a citrusy challah We had it for dinner last night with a spinach quiche.  I fixed dinner for my friend's birthday.  We played games and ate hot fudge sundaes.  She doesn't like cake (I know!  How can that be possible?  But it's true) so I got iced cream and hot fudge and whipped up some cream.  It was a good substitute for birthday cake.
 I made a sweater and some tiny socks for a coworker's new granddaughter.  I love this color for a baby.  It's not typical and pastel.  I am working on finishing up my wips and then I want to collect all the bits …

Number 3

Here we are in the deep of winter.  And it's over 50 degrees again.  My body is confused.  At least the sun is out today.  For the first time in what seems like weeks. (Probably just days....)
 I made these danish pastries for Sunday breakfast.  They are lemon and cheese and are absolutely delicious.  They are a bit of work, the dough has to be started the day before you want to eat them, but it isn't hard.  The dough is buttery and smooth and the fillings are not too sweet.  Much less sweet than the bakery pastries.

Peter Kevin's job search is going fairly well.  His resume is getting attention and he has had a few phone interviews and 2 face to face interviews.  He is feeling positive.  It would be nice if someone offered him a job since unemployment has not kicked in yet (what?  It's only been 7 weeks!).  They said there was no record of his having worked the past 2 years.  We, of course, appealed it and are waiting for a decision.  
We were just hit with a "nor&#…

And I feel fine....

"It's the end of the world as we know it....."
It's January 20 and I woke up with that song running through my head.  I am not truly looking for the end of the world, just the world as we know it.  I am one of those people who truly believes in the underlying goodness of people and so I can't help but hope that all the dire forecasts I keep hearing for the next 4 years will turn out to be overly pessimistic.
Here in the behavioral health field, where many folks live on SS money or disability, there is a great fear and apprehension about benefits and how they will hold up.  This increases the level of general anxiety.  It means that we spend more time just being encouraging and trying to be reassuring.  Sometimes it helps and sometimes people are just too wary.  
And there is anxiety in our home as well.  Pk had 3 phone interviews and has 2 in person interviews next week.  It's been 6 weeks and we are still waiting for Unemployment to rule on his application.  I…