How was your weekend? Mine was filled with a variety of different things which was nice. I managed to get out for a walk after lunch on Friday and it was the perfect time to go. I walked along the towpath between the canal and the Schuylkill River in Phoenixville. The trail was pretty empty - just a few people here and there. Plenty of BIG turtles were out sunning themselves.
I also saw the Evil Serpent
A good reason to NOT go paddle boarding here!
Best of all, I saw the Blue Heron
These birds are so majestic looking. I never tire of seeing them.
Friday night I made the mushroom tacos that Vicki blogged about in mid-April. Oh my! I could eat these every single night. The creamy slaw was delicious and the fried shallots are to die for!!
That night I mixed up some "artisan bread" that Minerva blogged about the other week. Easy Peasy. Four ingredients you can leave overnight and then bake in the morning. No kneading required.
A bit lop-sided, but tasty! We had it Saturday night with some grilled hot & sweet Italian sausage.
Saturday afternoon I went back to Oaks to walk along the Perkiomen Creek. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the trail was mobbed! I have never seen so many cars parked there and I had to wait for walkers, joggers and bikers to pass before I could even get onto the trail. Way too many people, but I did manager to walk for over an hour which was nice.
The wisteria is beginning to open now and is so fragrant. Our iris are budded and should open this week (right on time - they always bloom the first week of May). The lilac is still not fully open, but I could see that some clusters are slowly opening.
I had a zip lock bag filled with ends of embroidery thread and yarn, so I spread that out on the fire pit for birds to take.
I think most of it blew away before any takers came. We do have a pair of wrens fixing a nest in our apple tree (in a bird house hanging from a branch). I think there is a nest (robin??) in one of the bushes at the front of our house - every time I walk by I hear something/someone chirping at me.
Sunday afternoon I rearranged my sewing and knitting books. They were in a jumble and not readily accessible. I needed more space/another bookcase! So, I put some of Colin's books into two boxes and grabbed the bookcase those were in to use for my stuff! Of course I spent some time flipping through books I had not looked at in years. An enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
Today or tomorrow I will go into the office for an hour or so. I have things I need to print on what we call "big boy paper" - 11x17 - (easier on the eyes for some things) and my printer at home doesn't accommodate that size paper. If nothing else, it will be nice to take a little drive through Valley Forge Park. I did gas up the car the other day - first time since March 15th!! And wow has the price of gas dropped.
It feels like Spring is finally here to stay and the days are getting warmer, so it's time to put away the winter woolens and drag out the capri pants and summer tops. I may try to do that at some point this week. No rush as I wear the same thing every day - lol. Leggings and tee shirts or jeans and a tee shirt.
There was some knitting and crocheting over the weekend too. Another granny square was made and a second one started. The leg of tutti-fruitty sock #2 is progressing (about a third of the way finished). More on those things another day.
Wishing you all a wonderful week - enjoy!