What a week! It seems like it rained every single day, and was cold and damp. John took the week off to stain and varnish the woodwork in the upstairs hall and also the bathroom and paint the bathroom…so the house was smelly, and we didn’t put the heat on for fear it would circulate the fumes, to which I am violently allergic, throughout the house. We slept in the basement bedroom, as far away from the smells as possible. Now, it’s over. Tomorrow, I will go get some fabric (in my spare time) and make some simple valences for the bathroom window.
The rain did not deter me from a busy week. Wednesday was Red Hats luncheon: what a blast it is to have lunch with women between the ages of 50-90! We dress up, don our hats, and go out to lunch and often other activities afterwards, once a month. I love it. Here’s the gang, (not me: I was taking the photo):
I can’t remember quite what I did all day Thursday…oh, wait, I think I went to Sue’s store (Hodge Podge) and bought a bunch of yarn to make two sweaters for me! (I’ve been working on one since: nothing fancy, mind you, just a simple top down, short sleeved pullover, out of some yarn that looked lovely in the skein but is knitting up to look like chenille and I don’t much like it.
Friday was Prom. There is a young woman for whom I’ve been mentor since she was in fourth grade, through the school system. She is now a junior, and a wonderful young woman…not to mention beautiful. Here’s a photo of Christy with her boyfriend, Dan, whom we met last week, and like very much:
Saturday was another lost day, spent around the house, planting 90 gladiola bulbs, changing the pen for the pigs, reading, napping, nothing really exciting.
But TODAY, today was the Vermont Bird Fancier Bird Swap, the first of three for the year, a festive occasion where folks come with chickens, ducks, guineas, turkeys, peacocks, geese, you name it and sell them to other people who come to buy. I came away with five new hens, three partridge chanteclers and two cochins (who each laid an egg for me when I got home), and two dominique roosters, one for me and one for a friend. Lucas went with me and sold 7 Indian runner ducks, resisting buying anything at all. Some folks came to the house afterwards to see the baby sheep, the pigs, the poultry, borrow an incubator, get some fertile eggs to hatch…and then, John and I went to our neighbor’s house to help set up the tables for the yard sale next Friday and Saturday. In between, I potted about twenty small lily plants and some echinacea. I may be ready by Thursday, who knows!
Here’s Walter, premier chicken breeder with some of the chickens he came with to sell…
So, I think I’ll sleep tonight, first time in a week in our own bedroom, not in the cellar! It promises to be good sleeping weather, and the rain has blown through, with the weather guys (for all they know!) promising bright and sunny and 60′s for the rest of the week. We shall see!