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At the end of the day on Friday, I asked a coworker if he had any plans and he said "No".  I said "me neither, isn't it great?"  and he agreed.

Isn't it nice to have one of those weekends where you have no real plans and don't have to be anywhere or see anyone?  And the weather cooperated and it was sunny and more mild than it's been in a long time.

Pk chose to fix the front of our siding. 

See the small black square there above the front door?  That's where the old roof used to be attached.  It had been covered with some flashing for a temporary fix but the siding needed to be repaired.

And look how nice it looks!  It took him most of his day but it is so worth it.  He used some of the siding from the back of the house.  It all matches in color and looks really good.  He was so proud of himself. We have enough pieces of siding that match to finish up the "public" sides of the house, the front and side.  We'll put some T111 siding …
""Be grateful to everyone" means that all situations teach you, and often it's the tough ones that teach you best."
~Pema Chödrön

This is one of those no brainer things.  I try to remember that I learn something from everyone but often walk away from situations feeling like it was a waste of time.  It's often only later that I realize that I am looking at a situation differently because of the encounter.  Now if I could only remember that sooner.

Blogger is messing with me this morning.  When I went to New Post, I got the full line of options at the top, which gave me hope that I would be able to write a post with photos.  But somehow it won't work.  I should have known better but Hope Spring Eternal.....

Ha!  Where there's a will, there's a way.  I did an end run around blogger and voila.

These are some rogue daffodills.  That's the edge of our lawn.  There are a crowd of daffs up by the house but these few are starting a colony of their own…
The trees in our area all look like this.  It's beautiful.  The ornamental pear trees and the cherry blossoms.  They look like colorful puffballs.

I love them and hate them.  I love the beauty of the blossoms but the pollen, oh the pollen.  I spent most of last weekend trying to fight off a sinus induced migraine.  Ugh.  Spring has only just begun and the pine trees haven't started releasing their lovely yellow/green pollen.  That becomes thick enough to write your name in on all the furniture in my house.

I have worn my 'workhorse' sweater to work this week since the weather has been cool but not freezing.  It fits just like I hoped and it's warm but not overwhelming.  I am thrilled with it and proud of myself.  And I need a new long term project (I seem to be drawn to them).  I made Emily her sweater for after her surgery ("I'd heal quicker if I could wrap myself in handknit love.....") and I made El her Feb Lady Sweater.  Kate has been waiting for…
This is an absolutely terrible photo of me but I wanted to share this bad enough that I asked El to take the photo.  Not that El can't take a good photo but she is not a knitter and I told her to focus on the sweater. And she did. 

So, Voila!  Today I finished the first sweater I have ever made for myself.  It needs to be blocked to even out the stitches but I kinda like the organic look to it.

This is a totally handmade sweater (ok, technically the sheep made the wool).  It started out as a couple of bumps of roving that I bought at MDSW in 2011.  It sat in the closet for several months until I could decide what I wanted to do with it.  I finally found a pattern I liked but even though I swatched and the swatch was dead on, the actual yarn didn't work out to gauge like it should have.  I blame that on it being handspun and not as perfectly even and measurable as mill spun yarn.

It took me a while to decide which needle size I needed to get the fabric I wanted for my workhorse…
"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."
~Thich Nhat Hanh

I spend a lot of time thinking about hope.  It plays a huge part in what I do every day.  If the folks I work with don't have hope that they can get better and have a life again, then why bother?  There are so many things I hope for.  I thought I'd share a few.

-I hope that the North Korean leader(s) come to their collective senses and stop playing around with dangerous materials
-I hope that the people in Newtown find some peace in their lives but I know that it's a bit soon
-I hope that Spring comes soon
-I hope that I get to grow old with my Peter Kevin, the love of my life
-I hope that Elanor finds a job (she had an interview at a local bakery this morning)
-I hope to get to the west coast one day and meet Roxie and Amy
-I hope to go to Rhinebeck one year
-I hope that my dad is happy (an…