There was some melting yesterday (it got up to 45), but not all...and it was 22 this a.m. However, they (the weather folks) are still saying it will hit 60 by Friday, so I'm guessing the snow & ice will be gone. I'm hoping to get a walk in on Saturday. Then it looks like back to the chilly weather next week. On the bright side, the days are longer - sunset is almost at 5 p.m. now and as of today, the sun is rising a bit earlier in the morning.
Before I get into knitting and reading, I have a Tyg story. Last night, around 9 p.m., I was sitting in the kitchen working on Colin's sock and talking on the phone. Suddenly Tyg ran to the door and started making noises like I have NEVER heard come out of a cat. There were low growls (which I have heard), but then a high pitched almost yipping (the only way I can think to describe it). There was a cat on our patio and it was almost like Tyg was trying to talk to it. BUT, his fur was all puffed up (his tail suddenly looked like that of a Maine Coon cat!). This vocalization continued for a good 15 minutes. When the other cat wandered off the patio, Tyg jumped up on the counter to look out the window on the driveway side. The sounds were hysterical - both Fletch and I were laughing so hard. It was also loud enough that my friend on the phone with me was laughing. Tyg desperately wanted to go out, but we didn't let him for about an hour or so (by which time the other cat was long gone...I think...). He was in and out after that several times, but ended up staying out all night. When I came downstairs this morning to start the coffee, he came in and ate and then promptly wanted to go out again!
So, on to the knitting. Colin's socks are becoming a quick and fun knit. I've had a bit more time to knit this week (thanks to the weather) and here's where the first sock is:
I'm really loving the cables and I hope to have the leg completed tonight and move on to the heel flap and turn (which will be the cuff color).
On the reading front, I am about a third of the way through The Roanoke girls which is ok - an easy read. I've had some good ones come through on Overdrive recently (Sing, Unburied, Sing; The Essex Serpent; Little Fires Everywhere) so I'm anxious to finish this up and start something new. I am also reading A Stash of One's Own - Clara Parkes which I am enjoying. it is the perfect read as I crawl into bed. Some of the essays in it are pretty humorous.
A few people commented that the cardamom black pepper coffee I had on Saturday sounded good. It is Delicious! I'm pretty sure the coffee shop uses a cardamom syrup of some kind as the beverage is pretty sweet. I had been thinking of adding cardamom (ground) to the grounds when I brew coffee and then Mary suggested the same thing to me. I did that this morning and love it. I make strong coffee (and sometimes coffee & chicory) and I froth milk and then warm it in the microwave so that I end up with a cappuccino-type drink. The cardamom flavor was perfect!!
But now, I need to take care of some of the work piled up on my desk. By Noon, we will be on the downside of the work week!