Welcome signs of Spring! Welcome snowdrops blooming in the ice and snow (last week). Welcome longer days, and hints of warmer weather. Welcome March, welcome Peeps and chocolate bunnies in the store. Welcome Lent, St. Patrick’s Day, and most particularly, welcome Daylight Savings. (I know there are people out there, who don’t welcome it, and they are free to have those incorrect attitudes, but I don’t want to hear it.)
Today I am thinking about gardening. I am looking at plant catalogs and thinking about what seeds and plants I want to buy. I am ordering a collection of squash seeds from The Cook’s Garden. Squash are gratifying to grow, because the brownest thumb will be successful with them. You’d have to go out daily and hack away at the vines with a hoe to even discourage them. I’ll buy pepper and tomato plants from the Farmer’s Market as soon as things warm up.
Another thing to look forward to is the Quilt Expo, put on by my quilt guild. If you are in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area (and that includes you guys down in Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, and DC and up in Gettysburg) why don’t you attend and see some good quilts on March 12-13? Call me ahead of time and let’s set up a lunch or dinner out rolled into your visit to the quilt show.
I’m looking forward to another rite of spring - Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Toni and I have gone the past several year, and I’m sure we’ll do it again. I love the event, there is a lot to see, but I hope the weather cooperates. Two years ago it was cool and rainy. Last year it was hot as blue blazes. I’m hoping for a warm day with low humidity, is that too much to ask? Details: Saturday May 7, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday May 8, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There is more wool than you can shake a stick at, spinning, knitting, and weaving tools, accoutrement for the sheep farmer (shepherd?), plant stalls, and food fair of every description. Funnel cakes, fried snickers (!), kettle korn, and all kinds of lamb dishes. I never eat the lamb, it seems like eating lamb at the same fair where the sheep are being shown isn’t very nice. Instead I eat a burger or a hotdog, since there are no pigs or cows in sight!