Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

January 20, 2014

January

What is it about this month that seems to get off to such a rough start?  And I don't mean just me, I see it on my Facebook newsfeed.  Had a couple of stressful issues, which, surprisingly, resolved fairly quickly and all was well.  But it's just that stress of dealing with it through it's resolution that totally sucks.  

The weather is suffering from multiple personality disorder.  We started the year with that huge Nor'easter blizzard.  The weather immediately before and immediately after was bitter cold.  I have never felt it that cold.  The temp rapidly warmed to above 50 and it poured rain for a day.  Then we plunged back into single digits and low teens.  Then it snowed again.  Then another rapid warm up to 50.  And THEN, a huge, howling rainstorm with high winds, thunder & lightning.  Some gusts were so fierce that the house shook, one of my window crystals fell off my window and I was wondering if we'd just experienced a microburst.  

So no huge surprise that I, and almost everyone I know, got sick.  Russell came home looking and sounding like death warmed over and I pretty much figured I would be next and I was.  It hung on for a week, sapping my energy.

Here are some pretty windshield frost pics.





Our third anniversary was January 7th.  Cannot believe it's been 3 years already!!  Best 3 years ever, too.  I made this Bitstrip to celebrate.  We thought about going out to eat but it was too cold to leave the house so we had pizza delivered, cause that's how we roll.



I've been living in this town for over 2 years and a couple of months ago I noticed this tree in a rock.  I don't know how I managed to miss this...it's right on Main Street....although in a part that I don't pay much attention to.

I made another fibre bowl.  Not a very good pic.  

I seem to be starting some crafts that I don't feel like finishing...

(but I did)

...and others I can't wait to get to...but I'm not divulging any sneak peek pics of that yet.  If it turns out, it'll be epic.  But that peace sign...what's not to love? It was turning out to be more time consuming than I thought and I had all that crap on my TV table for over a week, making the table unusable.  

And check out the box full of goodies Marsha dropped off!  I didn't have the energy to take it all out and photograph it, but suffice to say it's stuffed full of crafty goodness.  I know I said it before, but I'll say it again, I am the King (Queen?) Moonracer of Misfit Craft Supplies. 

And then my friend Stephanie sent me some cool tie dye magnet clips!

I've gotten quite a bit accomplished the first half of the first month of the year.  The craft room is cleaned and organized.  The recipes are typed and organized.  3-4 art projects are done.  We've secured the house for another year with the landlords (YAY!!!) and taken care of some annoying paperwork things.  Last spring I did a really good spring cleaning but I suppose I could give the place another good scrubbing.  I suppose I'll get started on that next!  Well, as soon as I get over this cold!

And finally, as a bonus, THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL!!!!!  WHOO HOOO!!!!


16 comments:

  1. I'm glad you can find something beautiful about this bitter coldness. Those close ups of ice are neat.

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    1. I tell ya Lee, it almost wasn't worth the effort. And the cold is coming back, I hear. I have not adjusted well to the temperature extremes here at all.

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  2. Doesn't being sick just suck?? I don't even know how I got sick. Our weather has been just as bipolar as yours minus that awesome blizzard and all that snow - bums me out we didn't get even a little bit.. But our temps have been in the negatives and then up to 50, back n' forth for a couple of weeks now and it's crazy and driving me crazy! - I love the pics of the snowflakes, always, and I love all your crafts and all of your crafty stuff! Can't wait to see more of your creations, and those awesome chip clips just reminded me that we need some!

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    1. Don't be jealous of our blizzard; be careful what you wish for! We have another one headed this way tomorrow night and I'm bumming hard. lol I hope those plow people remember to stop by my house again!

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  3. Sorry to hear that you are sick, I hope you feel better soon! Your frost photos are cool, and the tree in the rock is interesting. Sounds like you have already accomplished a lot this month, and are on track to having a great year.
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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    1. I hope we are on track to have a great year....fingers crossed.... :D

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  4. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Those frost pictures are the bomb!!!

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    1. Thanks! I do feel better, finally. Just really tired.

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  5. Hi JoJo
    Happy Anniversary first off! There is something about January isn't there...I
    don't quite know why, we've had several issues ourselves alreay and hopefully the year will pick up. Love the peace sign, What is the sign actually made of? It is very interesting. Love your pics too, very cool.
    Cheers, Anita.

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    1. Hi Anita! The peace signs are made from stiff felt. I found one yellow and one pink at Walmart and bought both, and I haven't seen them since! I would love to get more.

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  6. I see by CNN that you are in for more of the white stuff... hope you are feeling better and not get walloped too badly (once again). Geez, what a crazy winter (even for us!) We have HUGE snow piles everywhere; more than in many, many years. Take care,

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  7. Maureen - for some reason I can't reply to you directly - but I am as ready as I can be...hoping the power doesn't go out though. I wish Russell was home but he's not. :(

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  8. Sorry about the frost, but it makes for gorgeous photos.
    Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary. Have a wonderful year, and keep celebrating.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Thanks! And I actually get him home on Valentines Day this year!

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  9. You are SO productive. Wonderful creations. I love the frost photos!

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    1. Well I always said if I didn't have to work, I'd spend my time making crafts. Now it's an obsession/sickness. lol

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