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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow, bleh

I'm guessing I won't get my hair cut today.  It snowed during the night and there's about an inch to an inch and a half on the ground.  People are advised to stay off the roads.  Yesterday it was near 60 outside.  Go figure.  At least I got more firewood to the house and went down to the pond to make sure the pipe cage was cleared.  Of course, there's no school.  Poor kids will have to go more into the summer..waaa.  It really has been strange weather, though.  We're supposed to get more snow today or tonight.  I knew there was a reason I like to get away this time of year  The month of February is not a good one for me.  I love my daughter who was born in this month, but the month itself sucks.  I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  This means that depression sets in with winter weather.  I did have some sunshine yesterday, thank goodness.  I've thought of getting a sun lamp, but that just isn't the same.  Maybe a condo in the Caribbean?  I'd have to take my daughter 'cause she goes through the same thing.  Anyone know of an inexpensive place in St. Thomas?

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's Cold!

I live in Georgia.  It isn't supposed to get this cold.  Monday, in the middle of the night, the power went out due to trees on power lines.  Ice storm.  We've had them before.  I was without power for 16 hours.  Some are still without.  The temperature in the house plummeted but I was able to keep it bearable with a fire in the fireplace and one in the wood stove in the basement.  Also a lot of clothing and quilts over the lap.  It's still bitterly cold for this part of the country.  Into the single digits night before last and into the low double digits last night.  My heat pump had to really struggle once the power came back on and finally reached temperature yesterday afternoon.  I broke down and bought a heater to put in one room simply because it was not getting warmed up to my liking.  I live in a log house and can feel the cold coming in from between some of the logs.  It's also the room that has my computer in it and the computer doesn't like the cold.  I've been avoiding going out if possible.  I don't like the cold, can you tell?  Today I have an appointment about 45 minutes away so I'll be warming up my van well before I leave.  Luckily the skies look clear and even though it was in the low twenties this morning I should be warm enough in the van.  I'll look like the Michelin man with all the layers of clothing I'll have on but I'll be warm!
My hope is that those folks who have it worse than I will be safe and with power and warmth soon.  I keep telling myself that I am so lucky not to be living in New England right now.   Have I told you lately that I hate winter?

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Just got back from a 5 day quilt retreat.  It was a good time with friends and there was a lot of laughter as well as some swearing when things didn't turn out right.  I had a time of it with what I was working on.  A while back I bought a complete block of the month set at a yard sale.  All the patterns and fabric were included for the entire year.  I did all the cutting before the retreat so I wouldn't spend time doing that while there.  I was hoping to get all 28 blocks done (some months had two blocks, some had three).  Unfortunately for me  some of the cutting directions were incorrect and some parts missing altogether.  Needless to say the frustration level was high and if it weren't for the friend sitting across from me I probably would have chucked the whole thing in the trash.  As it is, with her help, I was able to get 7 1/2 months worth of squares done.  One month is going to have to wait until I see her again since she is going to show me how to cut and put together a particular block (one that had totally wrong cutting instructions and not enough fabric to correct them).  I'll be searching for the right fabric to replace the one that was sooooo wrong.  I wish I could get in touch with the woman who designed the pattern but I can't find her name anywhere and the pattern came out in 2000.  I will get all the squares done and the quilt put together, just not immediately.  And when it is done I will throw the pattern in the fire.  I don't think I'll be buying old entire block of the month patterns again.