Good afternoon from New York, on the last day of January.
That is what the calendar tells us, but today's weather seems more like what we find in late March. This winter grows curiouser and curiouser.
On another mild day last week, I met a friend over at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to take a peek at the newly re-installed American Wing. We concentrated on looking at the paintings, but I was rather charmed by this very large curlew, which I believe was once part of a weather vane, and now makes a dramatic addition to a open wall space. The curlew is not yet part of the Met's collection, but is on loan. I noticed that there were other beautiful loaned items on display. I think that Met curators might hope to eventually win these gems for the collection.
After looking at art, and having a quick lunch and lots of talking, my friend and I took a leisurely stroll in Central Park, where I saw these beautiful little snowdrops. I always love to see them peeking up through leaves, or sometimes even through a light coating of actual snow.
This week I began a new phase of my life, since I have now officially reduced my work week from five to four days. The plan is to give me more time for my various art and craft interests, and more time to see friends, cook, bake, read, take long walks...all such pursuits have consistently been curtailed in recent years.
Here's one of my current projects. I am making myself a pair of socks using yarn that is very similar to some I used for a gift for a brother of mine. I do enjoy the self-patterning yarn.
On a recent visit to the city's large farmers market in Union Square, I treated myself to a big pot of pink hyacinths, that were just raring to burst into flower. As you can see from this close up view, the show as begun, and the unique scent is being released. Spring is arriving early indoors, too.
I've also begun painting some cards for the next major holiday that is just around the corner. I will eventually post some pictures of those little paintings.
This morning I took care of something that has been on my errand list for months, and replaced my late copier/printer with a new copier/printer/scanner. I think that I am going to enjoy learning how to use the scanner function. Right now I am just proud of having been able to set up the machine and have it working. Once upon a time I would have doubted my ability to do so!
Perhaps you all can tell that I am already quite enjoying my extra bit of freedom It's my intention to post more frequently. We shall see how that works out!