However, there is lots to be done inside as well, as usual. Indoor weeding. We are trying to get and keep the house show-worthy for potential buyers, which is of course a crazy amount of fun because of the 101 ways I like to mess it up:
Soap making. Another market last weekend, the first outdoor one of the season. It was sunny and windy and warm. Have I mentioned the weather is incredible? Just wait. There are two kinds of incredible. First, it's so warm and fantastic because it felt like it was never going to warm again...
And then it is and it never fails to amaze.
It's sort of like seeing the first deer on your property, amazing and then 5 years later, still amazing.
I woke up to two deer this morning. They were the first thing that I saw when I looked out the bedroom window. Bad Camera even cooperated!
Bad Camera wouldn't work for me when I was trying to photograph this apron I made months ago so, back to the phone.
I have seen these aprons cropping up all over the internet, in all their linen glory. This is a one-size fits-all apron; the cross straps keep it on. Nothing to tie up and look bulgy and weird. I have to wear an apron most of the time at work and I have issues with aprons. I did not make mine from linen but some thrifted mystery fabric I had. I love linen but for an apron? I made up the pattern - it barely needed one.
I have more sewing ahead because unlike Bad Camera, Broken Sewing Machine has been temporarily replaced with a loaner from a friend. I hope I stop receiving random pieces of clothing to alter so I can get on with something new. I'm not a fan of alterations.
A spring sweater will be finished soon. I am on the seemingly no-progress land that is Sleeve Island. So, finished soon for being on Sleeve Island, ha.
I was also busy messing up the kitchen making these biscuits. Unusual but delicious, a hazelnut/ olive oil based uh, shortbread type cookie. Sweet things have been very scarce around here and the family was making rebellious noises. Nothing gets store bought here so if they don't get made they don't get eaten. I like the system but the natives were getting restless
And then there was some whole wheat bread for a bread making class I taught this weekend. I was talking out loud to myself in the kitchen, making my way through the process, trying to figure out the timing for the class. At least the cats know everything there is to know about proofing now.
So back outside and more weeding the garden. It's too early to plant anything, even though it feels like it but the onions and sorrel, the garlic (!) and surprisingly some kale came up. I'm keeping watch for the asparagus, 5 stalks so far and the rhubarb, which is slowing growing in it's usual inconvenient spot.
Is it crazy to get this excited over a few measly vegetables?
While weeding, I noticed the black flies were out and that got me thinking about the bug repellent lotion and soap I have made other years. I have decided to stick with the lotion and I have all the ingredients except for the catnip essential oil, which is not in my budget. Did you know catnip oil is 10x more effective than DEET?
I have infused other herbals before and I thought , well darling kitties, I will use some of your catnip for an oil infusion for the lotion. It went on the stove for a while and now it is in the sunny window. If it doesn't repel biting insects, at least my cats will love me. Will keep you posted.
So, the second incredible? The weather again on Mother's Day:
This alternated every 5 -10 minutes or so with beautiful and sunny (but not warm)
At least there was no killing frost like last year which did the apple blossoms in.
It's okay, by the time you read this it will be warm again.
That phenomenon never ceases to amaze me either.