Sunday, December 15, 2013

Post Snowcalypse

So over a week ago the snow started, December 5th, to be exact.  The library closed at 4:00 p.m. and everyone slid on home.  My office mate and next door neighbor knows of my extreme phobia of driving in this kind of weather so he suggested he pick me up that morning and take me home after work.  Fortunately,the Director is also aware and adjusted my work hours to accommodate my 'taxi's' schedule.  Early the next morning I got the call that we were not to attempt going to work because of the weather and the amount of snow that had fallen. Yeah!  A snow day!  Here you can see how much snow fell in that 12 hours - poor Eyeore...covered in almost a foot of snow.  
Next we have the spot where my car had been parked for 2 days so my office partner could drive right into my garage a pick me up and drop me off so I didn't have to try to maneuver in snow/ice.  

I  was able to back Hot Poppy enough to then drive her into the garage.  Here she is.

I decided to try to shovel the snow on the apron behind my, mind you, I've never shoveled snow in my life.  After about 20 minutes, you can see below, I decided to stop before I suffered a heart attack or a stroke.  I was beat! That, there, is about 3 feet by 8 feet on the right side of the apron...I did another patch about the same size the next day.

 I rode to and from work with my neighbor all week..just trying to work up the courage to try driving on my own.  Mind you, the asphalt roads were clear the first day, but my road and the one connecting to the asphalt road were slick as snot!  We actually slid and almost got stuck on Thursday last week. Then, on Friday, another drizzly, sleety, rainy day forced the Director to close the library again - Snow Day!  I can tell you I was mighty relieved NOT to have to drive again.  So yesterday and today, the temps are a bit higher and there is a melt going on!  I was able to start up the mule - put it in 4wd, and take the last 2 weeks of trash up for collection.  I was able to scrape a bit of snow off the apron but decided that since there was ice under it, it was better to leave it for the sun to melt it.  I was also able to get to the crawl space under the house and add salt to the water softener.  So, with one more day of taxi service from our friend and neighbor, the melt should take care of the ice enough that I can drive to work the rest of the week.  And then, on Thursday, our house/pet sitter is coming and I can leave to spend the holiday with my darling husband and children and grandchildren

On behalf of myself, my husband, and all the animals, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank you all for stopping by.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


Today is December 7th....back in 1941, no one knew what this day would mean to history.  Now, there are few who don't know what this date means to Americans and Japanese alike.  To the families of those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor and the resultant conflicts of the 2nd World War, I send condolences and prayers and thanks.  To the families of those who served and were fortunate enough to come home, I send my heartfelt thanks.  I am not old enough to have either served or to have someone who served before me.  But I am old enough to appreciate what their service and sacrifices have meant to me and the rest of the world.  Thank you!

I was asked to share a picture of my wee tiny socks...this is a couple of a new set being offered that uses lace yarn and size 0 needles...and beads!  Here you have 2 of the set - I haven't knit the rest yet.  

I'm off to shovel some more snow....Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 6, 2013


As you can see from these pictures, today was a snow day!  The library closed at 4:00 p.m. yesterday and we got a call from the Director early this morning that she was calling a snow day today AND tomorrow!  I don't work tomorrow but I can be really happy for the girl who is supposed to work. We got 5 inches of snow yesterday, and are expecting another 4 inches today.  Judging by what I've seen so far, I think it will be closer to 5+ inches by the time it's all over.
 The Snow Day gave me time to work on several items that have been languishing in the studio.  This table runner is a class project for my machine applique class (it was cancelled for this morning).  I quilted it and put the binding on this morning.  And now I have a Christmas table runner!

On the knitting front, I've been working on some mini ornaments that are being offered by my favorite designer on Ravelry.  This is one of two mini mittens...that's my own hand there!  Tiny, tiny items.  There's also a beanie, a 'blanket' a tea cozy and a tablet cover so far.  I've only done the one mitten.  Cause I'm also doing mini socks - really mini socks.  Knit on size 0 needles with lace yarn.  The little socks are ending up to be less than an inch wide by less than 2 inches long.  With beads!!! No photos of those but let me tell you, they are stinkin' cute!

 Must be sewing some more so I'll sign off for now and promise to come back soon.  Thanks for stopping by.