This is the picture I didn’t take of the tulips that I forgot to buy.
I had every intention of bringing home a bunch of white tulips whilst at the market on Wednesday this week, but in the rush of grocery pondering and buying I just plain forgot. Tulips are one of my favourite flowers and I enjoy having them clustered in a glass vase on my dining room table: to photograph, to draw, to look at.
Instead of the tulips I noticed a large patch of these little blue flowers (scilla siberica?) in a neighbour’s front yard on Thursday morning. The April rain has caused bulbs to push pale green stems up through the soil and burst into bloom, the grass is turning from dry brown to vibrant green. After each shower of rain, the plants seem brighter and more green than ever before, my eyes having forgotten what each season looks like as soon as the new season begins.
The evenings have become lighter, on less cloudy days I can now cook our evening meal without using the overhead light. I usually prop up the iPad and watch old episodes of Star Trek on Netflix while I cook, but more recently I have begun listening to podcasts and radio shows instead. I’ve found myself enamoured of a radio show about design called 99% Invisible, and have been making my way through old episodes each evening as I prepare dinner and clean the kitchen. So far I have enjoyed all that I have listened to but The Devil’s Rope, about the history of barbed wire, was one episode I found particularly fascinating and moving.
When I’m not doing school work with Mikey, or house work by myself (while indulging in podcasts), I’ve been keeping up with the promise I made to myself to read more books this year. In April so far, I have finished reading:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Stone Animals by Kelly Link
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
All of these books were wonderful in completely different ways, I feel like I’ve had a great reading month so far. Sometimes I find it difficult to leap from one book to another so quickly but each of these worlds just swept me right in so absolutely. It seems a little silly for me to write about the books that I’ve read when I really have a lot of trouble describing exactly why I enjoyed them, that’s something I need to work on. Stone Animals was actually a short story I found by the way of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and is from a collection called Magic For Beginners. You can read the story for free online, but I did pay a few dollars to download the Kindle formatted version. It was a wonderfully creepy sort of modern gothic horror and I have now put the entire collection on my “to read” list.
I am still working my way through The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman, non-fiction is slower going for me. I’m about to begin a book my husband is reading: Yes, And by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton, another non-fiction read. On the fiction side of things I haven’t yet decided what I will pick up, I have just borrowed the One Book One Chicago selection The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, so I have 21 days to read that on my Kindle before it is auto-returned to the library. I have some other books on hold at the library too but there are quite a few books in my bookshelves that I haven’t yet started so I know that I really should begin on them before considering anything new.
And perhaps I’ll remember to buy some tulips next week.