We are having a spell of warm and mostly rainy days, a "mini-pineapple express" according to the weather folk. Today though, the rains haven't yet appeared, so we snuck outside and finally planted some daffodils (to fool the squirrels) and tulips. Generally the squirrels take note of this event, thinking that their gourmet restaurant is back in business, and devour the tulips immediately. Hopefully, the daffodils will ward off the little thieves. At least the bag promised that they are "deer and critter resistant." Time will tell. The trees are dumping their leaves at an incredible rate; Dick's been raking daily. Our backyard is still pretty greeen, and in one spot the beauty berry reigns supreme.
With no snow in sight here, thankfully, I've been trying to find a few easy projects for the antepartum ladies at our local university hospital. These are women confined in the hospital thanks to a pregnancy that's become complicated enough to require hospitilzation. (One woman came up here from CA in July for a wedding and was finally allowed to go home about a week ago....with a healthy baby boy.) Knitting helps the moms-to-be pass the time in addition to allowing me a very fun volunteer opportunity. This pattern by Chris de Longpre caught my eye; next I'm going to try an ornament, a tree pattern, which I found online.