Saturday, December 30, 2017

Snowy Saturday

Hi There and Good Morning!

More computer difficulties, but finally on again.  Sometimes I simply hate technology - lol.  Seems like I'd be lost without it...feels sometimes like I'm lost with it.

Anywho, we did not have a white Christmas, but this is what I woke up to this a.m.

Looking out from the back patio:  picnic table and fire pit, garden to the back (green round thing is the composter and behind that two "greenhouse" covers over some raised beds (collards growing!!), and our woods behind that.

The birds were feeding constantly.

That's Fletch's kayak at the top - hanging from our patio roof.  The pole in the picture keeps the clothesline (which the feeder is on) propped up high enough that Tyg can't jump up (lesson learned when one day he jumped from the ground into/onto the feeder and got a poor unsuspecting bird).  This morning I actually watched Tyg run after a low flying flicker!  One of the big red-headed woodpeckers (which for some reason are called red belly woodpeckers).

So, the roads are a mess.  Fletch heard earlier that there were already multiple (like 9-10) separate multi-car accidents on the Schuylkill Expressway.  The snow is so light that Fletch could use the leaf blower to get the cars clean, but he said it is very slippery out.

We have a party to go to tonight...luckily it is just across the street.  We may be the only ones to show up - LOL. 

Yesterday we got the grocery shopping done...and a run to the liquor store.  I think we are set for some time.  No need to venture out.

On the knitting front I managed to get the first fingerless mitt finished! 

I love it!  Now I just need to cast on the 2nd and get knitting.

I've also wound yarn for Colin's socks.  He picked out yarn while he was here Thursday night.  And I need to look at patterns.  He said just plain was fine unless I wanted to spice it up a bit.  So many of the patterns I have are lacey...not what he would like.  I've made him a pair using the Petty Harbor pattern, so want to do something else.  I can search this afternoon.

When Damon, Fletcher's brother, was up at Thanksgiving he brought a HUGE box of stuff from home which contained tons of things their Mom had saved.  Correspondence (letters and postcards from us), telegrams (!), birth announcements, report cards and the like.  And there were pictures.  Here is a blast from the past.

No date on the picture, but I'm guessing it's from the early 80's - post marriage but pre-Colin.  This was taken in Norfolk, VA at Fletcher's Mom's house.

Well, I've rambled on long enough.  Stay warm and happy!!


  1. Snow days are relaxing when you have nowhere to go: good days to see, knit, read, nap, or bake.

    Love your fingerless mitt.

  2. The snow is kind of wild here, too. There isn't much on the ground, but there are two accidents on our little street. I'm heading out to clear things off, but don't think I'll venture much farther than that. Great mitt and great photo!

  3. I love how a snow day slows down the pace of things.

    Take a look at the Bubble Wrap sock pattern on Ravelry. It's "manly" enough without being boring to knit.

  4. Sounds like you are enjoying a lovely day, and hopefully the party will be fun.

    Your fingerless mitts are so nice - I love the yarn color. I also like the "come hither" look on your face in the old photo ...

  5. My feeder is low, but so far no cat/bird casualties!
    Hope you have a good new year - we've got lots of snow and it all looks so pretty!

  6. Sounds like you're settled in for a nice long at-home (or maybe venturing across the street) weekend!! Love the photo of you and Fletch! Happy New Year!!

  7. Nice chatty post; love the fingerless mitts! Walk carefully!
    Happy New Year!

  8. Love seeing the old picture -- so fun! I had to comment on the dumpling making. It's amazing how everyone does it the same. lol! I roll out the dough the same. I'm the dumpling skin roller in our family, inherited from my dad. :D Love your fingerless mitts! Very nice! Happy New Year!

  9. I'm with marly--we've got snow and the Polar Vortex and I'm OVER IT. Temps in the teens or lower for two weeks now, and for the next week at least. And with wind chill--below zero. ENOUGH.

    Lots of stray cats in our neighborhood prowl the feeders. It's sad. I'm glad you've rigged something to discourage it.

  10. Just enough snow to put the brakes on...the cold stops us dead in our tracks...
    Nice photo of you and your neighbor's party went off OK. Toasting you tonight!

  11. Lovely photo from the past, you two were and still are adorable. Love the mitt. I hope to cast on something new tomorrow, a good way to start a new year. Happy New Year!

  12. Look at you!! love that photo :) I hate when technology gets difficult. I switched from a pc to a mac (bought my son's mac from him) and I have LOVED it. However, I did have him to help me make the mental switch. My problem was windows doing updates and then freezing up the computer...