BARK! BARK! BARK! Every few seconds Fred is barking and it is happening at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and so on. What is going on? I got up, went downstairs to look about and could see nothing. The next night the barking started again. Mack went out this time and let Fred out. Within seconds Fred had caught an opossum. Fred has a very soft mouth and didn't hurt it at all. Mack took the opossum out of the yard and turned it loose. The next night BARK! BARK! BARK! Clearly no one is learning and we are all sleep deprived. From now on Fred has to sleep in the house--no more sunporch. In the meantime guess what decided it needed to start investing at Edward Jones (our next door neighbor)? You got it! AN opossum in downtown Parkersburg! I saw his skinny tail rush by the window out of the corner of my eye. There he was next door! Poor thing! It was just a baby and so scared. Aren't its little pink nose and pink toes cute as can be? We called it SIPC O. Jones. We executed a catch and release and the baby was only too happy to rush off into the woods. I guess this is the week of the opossum.
This morning I walked outside onto our second story deck to see what the weather was like. It was incredibly beautiful: sun drenched while a warm gentle breeze smelling of roses with an undercurrent of honeysuckle wafted across like a wave washing everything with its perfume. The trees are in bloom and the view down to the pond was lovely, only bested by nights when a full moon shines down and reflects across the water. What a joy to be alive and able to enjoy the gifts each day brings us.
Unfortunately, the lovely aroma doesn't come from a beautiful rose garden, but from all the multiflora roses that hang about in our underbrush--a horrible thorny mess when trying to clean hedgerows, but as fragrant as anything when in full bloom. It just goes to show that even the most aggravating shrub can have a good side--at least that is true of multiflora roses. We do have a gorgeous rose, see picture, but its fragrance is overwhelmed and subsumed by the wild scent. We also have irises and peonies to inspire anyone who looks at them.
Several of us have been working on the April mystery knit along (KAL) with Skacel and Michelle Hunter. The project was a baby sweater: Adorable Ewe. Most of us have finished at least one sweater, several of us have done two, since they are so much fun and quick to make. The blue sweater was made by Amy Rodgers and I made the brown one. We have seen all sorts and all colors and every one is as cute as it can be.
This is what we see when we look out our windows: that is on lucky days when our neighbors peafowl are visiting. The top picture was our view out the dining room window at breakfast the other day. You can barely see our solar array behind the lovely tail feathers. The other picture is also of Peawee and his flock of girls. They are all lovely and standing begging at the back door. I have to confess that I feed them when they come calling.
In response to the comment on the last blog: the afghan was made using block patterns in The Great Cable Afghan published by XRX with Cotanani by Mirasol yarns.