Monday, March 5, 2018

March winds blow in some frigid air

There is an old saying regarding weather during the month of March. If March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb (and vice versa). March is a changeable month, containing the vernal equinox, two full moons and being the transitional month between the cold and snows of winter and the warm greening days of spring we can only hope it will go out like a lamb?

March is certainly coming in like a lion here in Florida and most other places throughout the U.S. On the 1st of March we began the day with mild spring like weather but as is common with the weather quickly changed with the stirring winds and by the weekend once again early morning temperatures were at 35 degrees. As I see it March came in like a lion wilting the beautiful blooms on my rhododendron, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring! As I'm sure the rest of you are.

I am currently working on a new hand embroidery piece for Spring, the start of this project began with a piece of linen fabric from a dress my friend Jeanne sent me all the way from Kansas.

I used Pellon's Stitch and Wash Away to print out the pattern which I do when the pattern has lots of detail that I know I would surely wobble tracing those lines and since the fabric is darker tracing on the light box might be difficult as these old eyes don't see as well as they used to even in the best of light.

I finally put together a small stone cairn pendant ending it off with a piece of beach glass found many years ago. 

I love rocks, stones and crystals and have a small collection in boxes and bowls throughout my house. My collection of beach/sea glass has dwindled down over the years, I rarely find it on the beaches here in Florida and I don't think I ever found a piece at any of the springs, lakes, rivers here, perhaps its time for a trip north or northwest for a beach glass hunting expedition.

I did some house hunting in the Kissimmee area, mainly checked out a few of the neighborhoods and looked at a few model homes to get an idea of room sizes etc. I want to check out Winter Park and Altamonte Springs over the next week or so. 
I've been reluctant to the idea of moving farther south and I'm not fond of all the city traffic on the major highways and in some parts of nearby cities, yet it does hold a bit of excitement for me and there is access to so much more as far as shops, museums, theaters not to mention parks and little cafes. 

The other day I was cruising around town running errands and the K-Mart is closing, not just any K-Mart mind you but the one that has been here from the first days I lived here, I felt like I was punched in the gut, then as I was driving home the Circle K gas station was gone, not closed but bulldozed to nothing but a big ole empty space with earth moving equipment behind a chain link fence, again another business that was from my first days living here, I felt so sad yet as I was driving home I took it for a sign that it was time for me to move on from Ocala. 
So now I'll look a little more closely at the houses we tour and try to find one with a nice pool in the back cause I figure if I'm moving to or near Orlando I should at least have a pool so I can avoid driving in all that traffic and lay about the pool. 

One of the houses has this wonderful backyard view from the screened in lanai, this is how my next backyard should look. 
I would want a space to lay down my yoga mat though I suppose the lanai would do.  I love all the stones instead of grass, it just looks so serene and inviting.  My backyard did have a nice little spot for yoga with a few pieces of statuary and potted plants to provide some privacy unfortunately while on vacation two years ago everything was stolen I didn't bother to replace it. Number one requirement for my next house is a fenced yard though I love the wall in the photos.

I will leave you with a little March poem, weather reports forecast a major snow storm for the northeast by mid week.

1 comment:

  1. Your new embroidery piece looks really interesting! I'll have to browse through your other posts to see how it's coming along.

    We're in house hunting mode here too, a new rental for starters but then to buy... though after seeing the price that houses are going for and doing some research, it turns out that buying a lot and building is our cheaper option.

    I'm late in getting around to visit but I wanted to thank you for linking up to March's Stitchery Link Party and the link back. :)