Saturday, February 29, 2020

Winter Wears On

I never did hear any reasons for the weird winter we're having this year. Is it El Niño, La Niña? Whatever it is, I feel like this is what a Seattle winter must be like. We've had endless gloomy, gray, rainy days, and almost zero snow. I am no longer a winter hater, but this "winter lite" has been tough  on me. I need sunshine! And snow is much more pleasant to look at than all this gloom.

But here it is, the end of February, and spring is trying to arrive without winter ever really getting here first. My crocus is in bloom, and the pansy pot never really stopped blooming from last fall. I'm sure the other early bulbs will follow quickly.

However, the chilly rain keeps us from enjoying the outdoors very often. I'm still hunkered down planning next years garden, and working on my winter crafts. The seed catalogs have been studied, lists made, and all seeds are purchased for the year. I just love to think about how all my vegetables and flowers are waiting for me inside these packets.

Since outdoor gardening is out of the question in winter, that's when I concentrate on my craft projects. I do a little bit of rock painting, and even taught the garden club how to make these cute ladybug rocks for the garden. But mostly I crochet. Since it's too warm to have a big crochet afghan laying on your lap in the summer, I try to do all those in the winter.

Winter is also a good time to explore the city. I heard about this strange and weird crochet art piece at the Columbus Museum of Art, so I was off to check it out. It was every bit as delightful as I thought it would be! The artist collected various cast off pieces and connected them into these Dr. Seuss style shapes. Of course I looked at more traditional art while I was there, but the crochet pieces were definitely my favorite.

Of course I also visit the Franklin Park Conservatory in winter. Their focus is orchids this time of year, and they were especially lovely this year.

Sometimes I just plain enjoy being home and cozy in the winter. I don't cook very often, but when I do, it's usually soup. I went really outside the box and made this Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil soup, and it was one of the most delicious soups I've ever had. I'll definitely be making it again. If you want to try it out, you can find the recipe here. Be careful with the cayenne, I used much less than the recipe calls for.

Needless to say, I use flower bouquets at home to remind me of my garden.

Once in awhile, the skies clear and we see a sunset. Winter wears on, but it is winding down. By the time I post here again, I'll have bulbs aplenty blooming, and winter should be on its way out. And hopefully there will be many more sunsets to see.


  1. Robin .. I love this post but I have to say that first tree picture against the red sky is absolutely my favorite .. it is stunning. Of course your other pictures are great too .. but wow, that one is gorgeous !
    I also want to print off that recipe .. it looks so good .. the fragrance has to be amazing as well.
    We have nothing trying to peek above our snow and ice .. it feels like this will never end.
    The only good part is that today is the beginning of March and time is more on our side .. I
    Beautiful picture to end with .. there is a smaller super moon projected for March 9th in case you might want to take a photo of that. I still have to find the correct setting on one of my cameras .. Big sigh !

    1. That tree is often called the fox head tree, and like many others in this area, I love to photograph it against a sunset sky.

  2. You have kept yourself very busy this winter. Love the lady bug rocks. And you crochet. I, too, crochet in the winter, usually on ripple afghan a winter that I gift. I had forgotten That you are in Michigan. Last April we drove to visit my cousin in Leland, way up a the top of the state on the east side of the lake--a tiny little tourist town. I loved Michigan, especially the lake. Such a beautiful state. Can't wait to see your garden in another month.

    1. Michigan is my home, and indeed beautiful. But I’ve lived in Ohio for 16 years now. It’s become home.

  3. You were way ahead of me, Robin, with your seed purchases and garden planning. And you were very productive with your crafts during the dreary days. Love the rocks -- you are very talented. Like you, I am happy to welcome spring. The start of a new gardening year is always exciting. P.x

    1. I’ve really been on a tear this year with my crocheting!


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