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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Spring Fever

Zip and I have been amused lately by the crazy antics of the kitties when we opened the windows to let in the first of the warm spring air.  They fight over the rights to the window sill and then run like maniacs through the house, jumping on furniture and chasing each other.  Amazing how inspiring a little fresh air and sunshine can be!

I've been almost as bad.  The self-imposed hibernation of the winter is over and I'm out running loose and wild like a sailor on shore leave.  LOL!
My friend Marian and I made our first trip to the greenhouse to celebrate the season, though we know it's a little early to set out plants.  But looking is such fun!  These pictures are from Ashcombe near Williams Grove, PA.


Aren't those orchids lovely?  The following Saturday they were having an orchid sale sponsored by a group of local orchid growers.  I wish I had the environment for successfully growing these beauties. 

We strolled around enjoying all the lovely plants and the decorating accessories that they have available before going to lunch at the Pizza Grille in Carlisle.  The pizza with the roasted tomatoes and basil pesto was excellent!  Then we went next door to Knisley's farm and pet center to look at the peeps.  We have both raised chickens in the past (Marian more recently than Zip and I), and were considering the possibilities.

She already has a chicken coop, we do not.  This one is really nifty for just a few chickens and can be easily hosed out when it needs cleaned. 

Unfortunately it's $400+!  A bit pricy for four little hems!
In the end we came home without peeps.

The next day Kami and I went to East Berlin to Mannings and Woolgatherings.  We were checking out the knitting and crochet books and looking at yarn.  Unfortunately Mannings yarn is mostly out of our price range (I'm a yarn cheapo!).  But Carol at wool gatherings just happened to have a great deal on some yarn and we left with a hamper full.  Seventy five skeins!!!  which Kami and I shared.

We had lunch at Sidney, on the square in East Berlin.  It's a very upscale establishment run by a chef/owner who creates dishes of the kind presented on the Food Network.  Dining as an art form! And I forgot to take pictures of our lunch!!!  I did get a few shots of the lovely colonial dining room.  Everyone else was outside on the patio enjoying the nice weather, but we decided on the indoor ambience.

For more information about Sidney and the amazing culinary creations, here's the link-

My new laptop and I haven't come to total companionablity yet.  The keyboard seems VERY sensitive and I am constantly  pabumping something that puts my cursor back in the middle of a sentence I've already written.  When I finally notice, my post has gone all wonky.  Waaah!!!
We'll eventujally have a meetiong of the minds, I hope.

So far the kitties have been happy with the new table arrangement.  They are sitting comfortably on either side of the keyboard where I can reach out and pet them. 

Penny on a pile of wool.

Deiter on the knitting bag.

Izzy decides to join the party.

No furry little bodies on the keyboard!  My babies have become good little computer companions!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Enjoy your Easter or Passover or whatever you celebrate, even if it's just the joy of Spring.


  1. Pat sounds like you been enjoying the sun! I know just what you are describing in your house with the windows open - Mine turn into wild men and then of course it's like a rush then they crash in the "sun puddles"! I don't know about you - but I hate the laptop "mouse" so have one attached to mine - makes it easier - and you do get used to the keyboard after a while - at first I thought I never would. Of course ever since we adopted this little wild gray furred creature - my laptop mouse is on the floor or else if i'm using the laptop someone is hanging onto the cord! Hmmm wonder who that could be! Have a wonderful day!

  2. Yes! Time to get out and shake the dust out of those tail feathers!!! Those tulips are sooo pretty! I've been fighting off the urge to head out to garden centers and plant flowers! So, I'e been just doing cleanup and getting ready.... so glad for an early spring! Yippeeee!

  3. I want some of those tiny chicks...

    Maybe its a good job we've only got a small yard or we'd be knee deep in animals and birds. lol

    Your house sounds like ours with the kitties charging about, mad.....


  4. I'm glad that you are coming out of hibernation to greet Spring by looking at flowers and peeps. They are so sweet those little guys. I had to enlarge the picture to take a better look. How cold you possibly resist them? lol... Maybe Zip could build you a small chicken coop out of palettes or recycled boards lot cheaper.

    75 skeins of yarn is a LOT of yarns and should keep you very busy for months.

    Ahh... opening the windows is so wonderful at this time of year. I don't have any cats here to fight for the ledge so I hog all the fresh air that comes in.

    Plants are starting to peek out of the ground and some of my daffodils are blooming.

    Have a blessed Easter weekend. JB

  5. i love reading your blog! love your kitties, your knitting and hooking and pizza! enjoy your day!

  6. Hi Pat,
    Your post sounds like Spring has hit big time in PA! Everybody gets a spring in their step including all our little fur buddies! A garden center seems like heaven right about now..... ours won't open for a couple of weeks yet but seems like they should be with the grass needing mowing already!
    Glad you are getting the hang of the new keyboard.... change doesn't come as easy as it used to! LOL!
    Wow 75 skeins! Will that keep you through next winter?
    You and Zip and all the kids have a happy Easter!
    Cathy G

  7. Nothing better than kitty's in the house! I wanna see a picture of the 75 skeins!

  8. Wow, that is a lot of yarn! You'll be settled in for next Winter :).
    I was just at Maplewood Nursery yesterday and they had some Orchids. Absolutely Stunning! I would kill it for sure, so I just admire them :).
    Glad you are getting out and about, and hope to see you sometime this summer!!

  9. Ok, I'm jealous not once but twice. First Ashcombs. Isn't it a wonderful place? I just love all the flowers, plants, trees and herbs they have for sale. But like you a sort of a cheapo and buying from the local Amish is much more affordable for me.

    I also love The Mannings and bought a lot of things from them. My first eight harness loom came from them. I must say I bought yarn in the bargin section because most of theirs was a bit more than I could afford. I'm lucky now that I have my own whole sale accounts to buy yarn or I know for sure I couldn't

    Happy Easter to you and Zip.

  10. Hi Pat, thanks for your comment. Coming from you , it means a lot.
    I was reading comments on your blog and read what I wrote. I'm mortified to read that I said" How cold you resist them." It was supposed to be" How could you resist them".

    I'm happy to be finish quilting so I can hook on my neglected Childhood Memories rug. My sore fingers can heal now.

    Hugs, JB

  11. Sorry I missed this post from last weekend! I love all the tulips and greenhouse flowers, so nice to see spring everywhere :-) I know you will get used to your new keyboard soon, I was the same way when I got mine and now I wouldn't dream of using anything else!!! Hang in there :-)

  12. Hi Pat, Love your blog! I'm Marianne's daughter - rug hooking. Quick question - How do you get a frame around your pictures on the blog? Happy Spring and I can just smell those lovely flowers :)


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