Sunday, January 22, 2017

back to the rain.....

It's not too late to say Happy New Year!

What started early in December as a cold snap and snowfall lasted some six weeks.   It was a long haul for sure.  Definitely a good reason to rediscover neglected indoor projects.  I realized how much pleasure I get from making gifts.  I hope to continue this in 2017.  My goal this year is to work from stash for most projects.

The hummingbird featured in the header photo is one of three that come.  All through the cold and dark mornings, they came.   Now that the temperature is a bit more to normal they still come but seem to be elsewhere during midday.

Local stores are selling primulas....the colors so bright  and yes hopeful that spring will come.  I'm so looking forward to this year's garden.

Earlier this week  I cut out fabric, basted it in place and started the first stitches on a hand applique panel.  When the panels and pieces are done I hope they will become a quilt....no photos yet.

There is progress in my efforts to de-clutter ......the good stemware is meant to be used, same for the dishes.  No more 'just for special occasions', it's nice to see the table set.  Other items have been sent to the thrift store.  The sorting is getting easier, well mostly, it is a work in progress.

Thanks to my husband  recent purchases have been built.  A bench/storage unit, the desk the computer now sits on and a side chair.  Improvements for sure.  Of course it means that as something new comes in, something else has to go.  

And so it continues...  welcome to 2017!

Friday, December 16, 2016

sunny and bright...........and cold!

This has pretty much been our view this week.  At the moment there is a bit less snow on the trees and hedge compared to this photo.   Today's high is -3 C.

Here is a better view of the hummer corner.   There is an umbrella secured to the maple tree, bowl covers for the feeder and bubble plastic on the feeder base, sheets of insulation as buffers at the hedge sides and one hummer perched on a branch.  Even with the very cold weather hummers appear each day.  It means having the feeder out in the morning by 6:45 am (yes it is still dark) and leave in place till 4:45 pm (dark again).   So it's not like they are catered too....

More snow is predicted for overnight on Saturday.  After that there is a glimmer of hope for early next week..milder temperatures and good old west coast rain.  I'll take it!

And now it's back to arts and crafts.   I'm working on a crochet checkerboard.  At the moment I'm on the last 8 block panel. After that, weave the blocks together, make some checker discs and it will be done.  I'm still deciding on a backing.

wishing everyone a good weekend, stay warm and safe!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

it's beginning to look like ....

A very cold winter's day!   This past week has brought three heavy dumps of snow and now we're headed to colder temperatures.   It looks beautiful.   The last storm that hit overnight Sunday left some unique sights.  I don't recall having seen the overhead traffic lights covered in snow, mind you only the ones facing east from where the storm must have come.   Trees look like they have been brushed in white sparkle.  And there seems to be no end in sight to the cold weather.  So it's nice to be indoors, enjoy the simple pleasures....warm coffee, comfort food, Christmas music and good company.

It's been a long year.  Things are moving forward in a good way.  There are still wistful moments, even some sad ones but there are so many more reasons to smile and just be happy.

Stay warm, share a smile.................

Thursday, December 8, 2016

all hearts come home ......

................for Christmas. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

winding my way...............

It's been a long gap since my last post, definitely not planned, it just happened.

This morning I finished winding up the last part of a skein of yarn.   Most of the winding went smoothly, then some twists.....and  then a  plate of spaghetti yarn to unravel.  This pretty much covers my summer.  The time has been productive, a bit creative and thoughtful.

Are you ready for Fall?