Raising Jane Journal

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


After last week's snow you would be amazed to know that the temperature here today reached 65 degrees. In the window my orchid is blooming and it feels like spring is in the air. I love the way this orchid comes back every year at this time and blooms for a few months before it quiets down again until next year. It is something I look forward to every year. Amazingly I got lazy last year and did not cut down the dead flower stalk and low and behold the tip of that stalk bloomed this year along with the new one.
In other news. I found this pair of binoculars in the local thrift store recently and picked them up. Perfect for spring time bird watching. With my daughter homeschooling this year we are considering adding Project FeederWatch to our list this spring. They have been getting a lot of use in the last few days with the warm and sunny days.
I also found these beautiful hot pads. I was drawn to the design and had to pick them up. Does anyone know what this pattern is? I would love to replicate these but I'm not sure how these were even created. In any case, these will be getting a lot of love and use around here.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Time for a Break

It started about an hour ago. They are calling for about 8 inches by 9pm. The kids are off to friends for the night. Now at only 4:30 in the afternoon I sit alone. Total silence. I am not sure what to do with myself. Oh sure, I have plenty I could be doing. But there is something about the silence and the snow falling outside that makes me want to toss the to do list out the window. So with several hours of freedom I am thinking it might be time to curl up with a good book.
These two are new to my shelves. One came in from Paper Back Swap and the other was an amazing find from the local thrift store. Yes, I think it's a good night for reading.