It's been an unusual winter in that the temperatures have been chilly and the skies gloomy. It snows a tiny bit nearly every day. Often January-February have been very cold - below zero - and sunny. Occasionally we used to have big dumps of snow, including the still-famous Valentine's Day of 2007 when we had 21" in a matter of hours. Our relative lack of sun had me worried that the amaryllis bulb Mom sent us for Christmas wouldn't bloom. Two buds did make their way up, though, and yesterday it burst into bloom!
What's more, when I posted a photo of these flowers on Facebook, 27 people "liked" it! Sure says a lot about social media. You can't see it from the photo, but my plants are sitting on a lovely boot tray my cousin Jeannie sent for Christmas. I had made her a quilt this summer, and this was her thank you - it's far too nice for boots.
I had a stomach bug over the weekend so did nothing but sleep, read, and watch some TV. I discovered a new British detective I want to read more of - Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope, smart, unattractive, and of a "certain age." I felt well enough yesterday to go downtown to pick up another gift certificate for the Friends of the Library winter banquet/auction. While I was there, I got a big container of hot and sour soup - yum! That can cure whatever ails.
That old nuisance, snow-sleet-freezing rain-rain, is predicted for later today and into tomorrow. After early morning errands (walk in the mall, shop for essential foods), I'll get back to cutting up 2" x 3.5" strips for a very scrappy quilt I'm making from The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts. I need thousands, but I still have plenty from the Curved Log Cabin I showed a few days ago. And when I need a break, I'll dip into The Little Paris Bookshop, completely different from Ann Cleeves but just as compelling.