To figure out how I spent my time, I turned to the photos on my iPad. Let me share with you some examples of things that I photographed over the past few days.
1. Here are Alice and Dorothy snuggling and sleeping beside me on the sofa, in a space that seemed to be much too small to be occupied by two cats.
2. Cold weather causes me to have an uncontrollable urge to simmer things on the stove. The other day, I discovered a package of 15-bean soup beans in the pantry. Using these as a starting point, and after I simmered the beans for a couple of hours, I added chicken broth, tomatoes, onions, carrots and celery, and some other stuff. It was delicious as dinner, and I took some next door to the neighbors for their dinner. The remainder joined the other frozen containers of various left-over soups that reside in the freezer. (Ham and white bean, chili, chicken vegetable, black bean and pumpkin, etc.)
3. The other day, I walked past the window in the family room ... like I have done a thousand times since we bought this place in 2002. The sunlight perfectly illuminated the growth rings in the heartpine of the sill, and I was strangely drawn to count them. 124. The tree that gave the wood that was used to make this sill was at least this old when our house was built in 1848. Takes us back to 1724 or earlier, when that tree sprouted. (I think about this stuff sometimes.)
4. Our 2-year-old grandson stayed with us the other day. It was a very active day, keeping a toddler entertained all day ... too cold to go outside, so we did things indoors.
Watching Dora with Granddad and Ruby.
Napping on the couch in the sunshine.
Dorothy says, "how about paying a little bit of attention to me?"
5. I stopped working on my crocheted looper rug for now, because I have another project to finish. The cats are helping.
Alice keeps my lap warm, while sleeping in her Super Kitty position.
Maggie, you shouldn't be laying on that!
Today is the second of two rainy, icky days. There's no staying at home today, though. The Husband and I will soon be hitting the road for a two-hour drive to Maryland, for an annual luncheon for hordes of horticulture and nursery people at our friends Jim and Dan's house.
I expect this to be a fabulous Sunday. I hope yours is, too.