One thing I will miss in the mornings when the weather finally warms up is the frost. This particular pattern was from the back door a few weeks ago, but I have still needed to scrape off the car these past few mornings before heading out for the day. I was driving home this afternoon and thinking about noticing - I'm listening to Olive Kitteridge as an audio book, so I was picturing all of the descriptive details in the writing and thinking about writers noticing the details in life and how when they're perfectly captured, it's so lovely and satisfying. The same goes for pictures, I think. We watched the first episode of the Olive Kitteridge miniseries, and I love it. Frances McDormand is brilliant, and the colours and styling and every design decision is spot on. I'm not quite done the audio book yet, but I think I'm going to (uncharacteristically) prefer the miniseries. The creators of the show have done a beautiful, beautiful job of capturing the story. I do wonder, though, if I were to read the book in print instead of listening to it, if my opinion would be different? I think that interpretations of the author's words can be swayed by the reader's style. And I don't particularly love how the reader of this audio book does the voices in the dialogue, which may influence my opinion.
In other news, here's an odd assortment of things: We have an egg-eating chicken I'm not sure how to deal with. The skunk cabbage is up in the woods! I walked out to the lake this evening while Adam got the boys bathed and tucked in. (We alternate evenings, which has worked out brilliantly. One of us will clean up the kitchen while the other will tend to the boys.) We gathered four large ziploc bags of sap this afternoon! The weather is perfect this week for the sap to run. We're freezing it and will do a big boil in a few weeks. We have a slightly hare-brained plan that may or may not work perfectly. That's the fun in trying something new! And now I'm off to clean the cat's litter box. Good night!