Wow.

For many reasons.

Firstly, THANK YOU everyone SO VERY MUCH for all the well wishes. They worked! I am feeling tons better this weekend…still taking it easy, but starting to eat more than soup and smoothies, and just overall feeling like an almost-normal version of myself.

Secondly, the new camera came while I was in hospital and I played with it a bit yesterday. Hello learning curve! Whoooooooo…but, when I get my SLR legs back, I know I’m going to love this thing.

Thirdly, SPRING IS HERE. Like, in an obvious way. Proof:

Romping animals. Notice there is one dog digging, another rolling about and chickens just plain chickening all over the place, pecking at dirt! and dead vegetation! (read: stuff that ISN’T COVERED IN SNOW).

And there’s been some of this;

And this guy:

It went like this:
(on phone, Me in the hospital bed, C on the phone at home)
Me:
Will he talk to me? 
C: I don’t know…let me check…(to little guy) Do you want to talk to Mama? (can be heard in background: Where is she?) She’s still at the doctor’s…want to talk to her? (little guy: No.) He doesn’t want to talk on the phone. (little guy to C: Are there toys at the hospital?) I don’t know…Shannon, are there toys at the hospital? 
Me: Why don’t you have him ask me?
C: Why don’t you ask Mama that? (there is a pause. and some shuffling about)
LG: (reluctantly) OK. (a pause) Mama, are there toys at the hospital?
Me: No, sweet pea. Are yo- (stops herself as she realizes phone has been dropped. breathes long sigh.)

But he was very glad to see me when I got home. Really.

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Had a delightful time celebrating the first day of Spring with a little egg-dyeing mayhem and used the leftovers on some wool. Waste not!
It’s lovely but I just now realize that, even though it’s a bit after noon, the temp is not yet above freezing and so likely said wool is icing up in the breeze rather than drying in it. A cruel little Spring joke that I don’t find particularly funny.

Keeping warm on this chilly day by dismantling a rag rug full of amazing colors of fabric strips…still no camera, but it’s on the way and soon I’ll share the results of their whirl through the wheel.

Body is ready for a run or a swim or…something. Spring may not be warming the Vermont air, but I sure do feel it in my bones and muscles, ready to explode from the cabin fever of the last few months.

C is going on an expedition to the other coast in a couple weeks…(E, can we come and play in B-town before/after??!?)…figure we’ll make our move a little less blindly than moves past. Even though we’re going back to a familiar place, there is this little matter of finding work and actually seeing the place we’re moving into before we actually get there.