It’s been a while.
I haven’t been working on felting or book reading too much this month, and have instead been wedding planning and scrapbooking, which don’t lend themselves as well to blog updates. I’ve also been listening to Anna Karenina, which is interminable, and which I don’t think I like. So far it’s mostly Desperate Housewives: Petersburg.
As has been the case most years since I left Tucson, February into early March is the worst month — the long tail end of winter. The snow falls, then melts, leaving bare grey-brown trees and bare, slushy, muddy ground. Illinois doesn’t have many evergreens to enliven the forest, which stands dead and dull. The world is desolate.
In February and March I name posts after wry and melancholy quotes that are completely disproportionate to my feelings about life, which are basically alright, other than wanting it to be April.
Even our cat, who never goes outside and is uncomfortable even leaving his floor of the house, feels it. He threw himself out of the second story window a few weeks ago. We took him to a vet to make sure he was alright, and, indeed, he was fine.
Yesterday we visited a wildlife canter to look at animals — mostly birds — that had been rescued on account of various injuries. The birds were interesting, though my main thought on the grounds was “this probably looks nice in summer.”
I made a scrapbook of the past two years partly just to remember when it starts looking green again. We saw a frog in late March last year, so I suppose around then. It isn’t quite finished, and it missing a few more months when I will probably continue to live in Chicago, some front and end pages, and a cover.
It’s a scruffy scrapbook. I don’t enjoy proper scrapbooking too much, with nice, attractive, well planned pages and inspirational, upbeat quotes, and prefer scruffy notebooks with pages cut out and hand drawn calendar pages taped in, so that’s what it’s like. There’s a personality trait called “orderliness” in which I am very low, and that shows up partly in preferring scruffy, textured layouts. I especially like the pages that are stacked, with ribbons tied to show there’s another page beneath them, taped in with washi tape. Thomas took most of these pictures.