Today marks several occasions on the calendar. The usual one to be noted is that it’s the first official day of spring although technically that arrived yesterday when the water started flowing. It even flowed over some boots! Ah but such fun was had by all of us.
Today a “handsome, sweet and kind” friend of ours turned 65 and so we stopped by with a card that said just that. We had by an outside visit and dropped off a gift from the
heartkitchen. Heck maybe it’s both. A container of a soup he really likes that we had just make and some gingersnaps. The weather was glorious and we sat out on the back deck. It felt so right. Well except that we chose to wear masks as they aren’t part of our bubble. We got to see their precious granddaughter and catch up on the latest news and talk about summer holidays.
I found out about the additional dual significance of today on a blog that I follow otherwise I would have been none the wiser. But low and behold today is ravioli day and so we made pasta. Well let’s be honest here – I screwed up in my head about the date and thought it was last Saturday so we made it then. Which turned out to be a good thing as this afternoon we headed to the city for the above visit and then had an early evening walk so it was great that we had frozen ravioli to cook.
Turns out that making pasta is right up the engineer’s alley and I made a pretty darn fine sauce. So fresh and tender and definitely worth the effort. This is something we have wanted to do for a while and without an reason we might have dithered away without doing it for who knows how long. So thanks ravioli day for opening our eyes and our bellies to the good stuff.
Last but certainly not least is that it is International Quilt Day. This is often a weekend that you can find a local quilt show on in cities and towns around the world. The numbers that I found for the industry were out of date but in North America there were over 10 million quilter’s and that resulted in an economic impact of 3.7 million dollars in 2017. That’s a lot of fabric and love being spread around. I also know that during the pandemic it became one of the “things” that was trending.
I consider myself blessed that I have the physical space, the mental acuity (well to be honest here – there may be some math skills that are lacking and the engineer often is called upon) , the financial situation and the creative mojo to bring these pieces of fabric to life as a gift from my heart. It is rare for me to create without a recipient in mind as for me that’s part of the joy. I made sure today that I spent some time in the attic working on the latest quilt; that particular baby is due any day now. A few moment’s hand stitching this evening on a binding of a quilt that will be gifted this week to a friend who is in need of a cuddle quilt.
In essence today marks a lot of ordinary things, that together, make an extraordinary day.