Ingredients for a peaceful Sunday. In my mind, at least today, they include the Sunday paper spread all over, a cat sleeping peacefully on my bed (that is Hobbes) some hot tea with cranberry honey and a pile of knitting that is challenging but not frustratingly impossible. This is my shawl. I have finished the beige rows and now have only the medium brown and then the dark brown rows and the edge will be finished. Then I will pull out as much as I have to of the middle to fix the error. It is satisfying to watch it steadily grow.
Bells read a comment I left on Amy's blog in which I recounted how I do not own a television. That is not strictly true as I do own one but I am waiting for Emily to come and take it away. We got rid of our cable well over a year ago because no one watched the television and I got tired of paying the gouging rates the local company (the ONLY local company) charges for a service we were not using. I have to say, I don't miss it. We had stopped watching when we realized we were just sitting there flipping through channels with no clear destination. We watch movies on the computer monitor in our room and read the daily newspaper for news. I also listen to quite a bit of npr on the radio. When I knit I listen to recorded books or watch a movie. I can access news and information through the computer. We have only ever had one television and it was downstairs in the rec room. There is not one in the kitchen or in the bedroom or anywhere else. I find them annoying in waiting rooms. I do not think of myself as intellectually superior nor do I think badly of folks who watch television. I just choose not to.
We are having another weird swing in the weather. Yesterday it was a brilliant sunny day. PK and I went to the farmer's market to check out the flea market. There were not many vendors as it is the middle of winter and despite the sun, was only 30 degrees and windy. He did manage to find some hand tools. He tells me that the folks who use hand tools call themselves galoots. When I looked up the word it means " a clumsy man, a raw recruit, someone who is oafish". The Wikipedia article says a little differently.
Today is meh. Not really sunny but not quite cloudy either and we are awaiting the arrival of yet another rain storm. I guess I shouldn't complain because I know other parts of the country would love some of this rain. I am going to get up off my lazy butt and bake an apple pie for dinner. We are having chicken with tomatillos and poblanos ( a recipe I haven't tried before but I want to use up some tomatillos that Peter Kevin bought) and I have the urge to bake a pie. The Granny Smiths are waiting in all their greeness for me to come down and whip them into a crusty delight.
And the best thing about this lazy, peaceful Sunday? I took tomorrow off so I still have a day. Tomorrow is President's Day here in the US. Originally we had Washington's Birthday on the 22nd and Lincoln's birthday on the 12th but years ago, someone turned them into one big federal holiday. PK works for a company that gives it's employees federal holidays off but my employer, being a health care provider (and worried about that billable thing) does not. I don't usually take Mondays off because I have two medication clinics but I did this time and I am so glad.
By the way, the lunch on Friday was wonderful. The food was excellent and the company was exceptional. Out of all the people I know, my husband is the one I most enjoy spending time with. He can make me laugh and still talk about serious topics. It was a much needed indulgence.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.