I don’t care what the calendar says, February is the longest month. It’s been too cold and the snow has been too deep for much outdoor play, and any outdoor distance socializing for the kids has ground to a halt. All things considered, though, we’ve been having a pretty good time. We’re doing lots of reading and doing lots of projects and the kids are doing lots of fort building and couch-jumping.
I am looking towards warmer weather by ordering seeds (they are selling out quickly this year!) and sewing little frocks for Alice. I also have plans to sew myself several things and am knitting the sweetest ribbed sweater for Johnny. One of the consequences of Covid is that I discovered audiobooks and ebooks from the library. I am, still, very grumpy about the artificially imposed wait times, as if an electronic “copy” of an ebook is equivalent to a physical object that only one person at a time may use. The publishing industry and librarians really should have thought of a more elegant solution…but I finally decided to stop letting my grouchiness get in the way and I’m now thoroughly enjoying listening to books while I work. This week I listened to When we Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro, and now I’m working my way through the third book of the Neopolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. I know most people have read them already and that they are widely loved, but when I started the first one years ago I really disliked it. Now, for whatever reason, I think they are the best books I’ve read in years, and possibly the best depiction of female friendship that I’ve ever encountered. This week I also read Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (excellent!) and Silk by Alessandro Baricco (not my favorite, as we teach our children to politely say).
Off to make some lunch plates. Best wishes for a good weekend.