Everything is in bloom here in Carbondale! The dogwoods, tulip trees, redbuds, pears and cherry trees are all ablaze with colorful signs of spring! Bet you didn't think Illinois looks like the photo above (taken a few days ago) - well, it doesn't. The gleaming natural jewel of Southern Illinois does though. We have swamps, deep and dark forests, mountainous hills, where two major rivers converge and a precarious fault line that shakes us awake in the middle of the night and reminds us how short life can be every once in a while. The weather here has been mild and sunny, and it makes me feel great to be alive! Speaking of which, it's my birthday! If you knew how stupendously accident prone I am, you'd be marvelling at this milestone too. I'm not talking stubbing toes or running into furniture (although that is a daily occurrence for me) but an existence peppered with life threatening car accidents, bone fractures, and near fatal illnesses.
Birthdays tend to be about a week long in my household. I like to go on junk food benders, mini online shopping sprees, and shirk my housekeeping responsibilities all the week long, saying "It's my birthday" as a justification for everything. I hope to be selfishly casting on a knitted project for myself today- weigh in here, shawl or socks? I also am thrilled to be giving away something here on the blog every day this week! I'll be doing the major drawing next Tuesday, so keep checking back in!