Connecticut was on the northern end of the massive blizzard that roared up the east coast last weekend but we did get quite a bit more snow than they originally predicted guessed we would get. Officially, ten inches, with drifting. My sore shoveling muscles say it was at least twelve inches! (I'm getting too old for this.) The town just to the north of us got 5", the town just to the south got 14". Anyway, the good news is that it happened over a weekend, didn't affect power, and made for some beautiful scenery on Sunday morning in bright sunlight with crystal blue skies!
Could have done without all the icicles. Definitely need to get some gutter work done come spring.
I tried to do some snowshoeing after Round 2 of the shoveling, but had issues with my new s'shoes (couldn't get one binding to work) and had to go grab my old ones. By then, I was pretty exhausted, so it was a very short tromp around the yard. I'm feeling all of that today, believe me! The jury is out as to whether I will give it another go today….the weather is pretty near perfect!
My plans to spend time in the studio this weekend did not work out. I got caught up in some cooking (made a wicked pot of chicken soup, and then a big batch of pork chili).
Then I had to check out the US Figure Skating Championships on TV, did some knitting, and…..well, still thinking about the proposed projects for the two looms. I'm set up to wind the warp for the linen/wool shawl, maybe later today. I toyed with the idea of doing that on the rigid heddle loom, but it would probably be faster on the floor loom once it's dressed. There is no rush on that baby blanket (the neighbor's daughter won't be visiting till sometime in May), so I might just try a rug or two in the meantime. Decisions, decisions.
In the meantime, I've been bitten by the purging bug and have been hauling bags of stuff out of the basement. One large room down there had been my craft room for years (the grandkids call it Grandma's Playroom!) but had become a repository of late for things I just can't deal with. Hopefully, I'm getting over that and can make some progress. I just have too much stuff in general, but a whole room full of craft supplies that I don't use anymore? Crazy. For example, I have a whole shelf full of vases and containers for flower arranging. Many are the generic freebies that come with gift flowers. Must weed out…..I don't garden any more! Rubber stamping and card making? Occasionally I make a card, but have die cut machines and all kinds of tools that take up lots of space. One cupboard full of quilt fabrics, but I won't touch that because there is rug making potential with some of those fabrics! Jewelry making supplies…..haven't done that in a while!
Upstairs is about the same. Four spinning wheels, closets and chests full of spinning fiber. Tons of knitting yarns….but they have weaving potential so they stay. Etc. Etc. Etc. Drawers and closets full of old sheets….hmm, woven rug potential there, for sure! Closets full of clothes I don't wear. I have to stop thinking "But I might", except that I ALWAYS regret it when I get rid of something in one of these moods. I could kick myself for sending those purple suede flats to Good Will. And then there are the BOOKS….oy. Topic for another day!
I looked out the front door last night and saw this:
Not the greatest photo (damn phone), but you get the idea.
So, will I go out snowshoeing today, do more cleaning, wind that warp………? Stay tuned!