Okay...how did this happen? Perhaps while I was at work. (Or reading blogs, because at the end of the day it's about all I have brainspace for.)
Spring is here, I think. Frost is coming out of the ground, so sidewalks and roads and parking lots are buckling, as they do when frost is leaving the ground. Two mornings ago I heard a woodpecker in the bushlot near my apartment building, and I consider that a reliable sign of Spring. Have not heard crows yet, though I have seen them. (I consider crow activity to be a reliable sign of Spring.) Edit: I wrote this post on March 7th, and can report that I heard crows at dawn on March 8th. Temperatures are mild enough that I slept with my bedroom window open.
I saw a former client in the grocery store today. We stood and talked about a variety of things, and as we said goodbye, she said "You know, you look terrible. You look very, very tired. Are you okay?" It was strangely reassuring.
Planning for the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat (May 14-17) is progressing very well. I am still looking for companies that are willing to donate a fiber-related item to be distributed to the participants. If you are such a company, or if you can point me to one, please email me at knitterguy at yahoo dot ca . This is a great way for a small business (1-2 people with an etsy shop or e-commerce site) to get product in front of a group that will appreciate what is sent. Thank you.
Further on that, Joe says that there are still a few spaces available. If you've been considering attending and have been holding off, please do come. For information on pricing and how to register, see 2009 East Coast Men's Spring Knitting Retreat.
In Other News
While mindlessly roaming through Yootoob one night last week, I found this performance of Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for 4 Violins in b minor, Opus 10 #3. It one of his better known concerti.
This is really a splendid performance. Many performances on modern instruments miss that this piece is about sonic colour and a driving rhythm. This one is grounded in the concept of the Baroque concerto grosso style, where a group of instrumentalist come together to play together: you're actually only aware of the accompanying orchestra because the texture thickens.