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

February 23, 2015

The Neverending Winter

Winter continues to hammer us nonstop with subzero temps and snow.  Oh the snow.  The media has been winding everyone up about collapsing roofs and ice dams.  I do know of some people who are experiencing leaks from the ice build up on the gutters which sucks, but so far our place is OK.  It rained a little bit and was 34 yesterday but it didn't seem to help my roof as much as I'd hoped.  The ice is still solid on top of the gutters.

I will say that the icicles do look pretty cool.


Snow on the rail trying hard to melt.

The weather has been hard on me mentally, and hard on the truck too.  My car makes weird noises when it's this cold. It's hard to not be completely lethargic all day long, eyes sliding in and out of focus on the TV or computer screen, hours slipping by as you mindlessly play Bejeweled Blitz.  

I had hubs home for a week after the last blizzard and we did what we could to get out a few times for breakfast & errands, or grab some takeout Chinese for lunch on Chinese New Year.  He helped me grocery shop for the house and also for my mom.  He's been really into wanting homemade soups lately so I've been lovingly preparing lots of new recipes, so that I can bask in the ultimate compliment, 'This is yummy, babe. Thanks!'

So with him home last week, and with my back virtually destroyed from all the shoveling, I cross stitched in my recliner with the heating pad on my back.  As is my usual MO with beaded cross stitch, once I get going and the design emerges, I obsess to the point of waking up in the middle of the night to think about where I want to pick up in the morning.  So I cranked out the stitched part and then was finally ready to add the beads which is, of course, the best part.

The beads make these projects really pop.  I beaded in two marathon sessions that lasted hours.  I didn't even stop to shower and kept saying, 'just one more thread's worth....just one more colour....'

And then these happened.....banana chocolate chip cookies with vanilla frosting.  Cause I woke up and it was snowing....AGAIN.....and dammit, I wanted cookies.  Hey anything to beat the winter doldrums at this point.

It's February 23rd.....last time I saw my yard was January 25th.  Can't believe we've endured a month of this crap.

14 comments:

  1. I can understand you going stir crazy - isn't there an expression, cabin fever?! I try and avoid Bejewelled Blitz only because the lives last forever and before I know it a couple of hours have passed! x

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    1. Yes I am getting cabin fever for sure. I am DYING to hit a craft supply store. It's killing me. Today is 28 and cloudy and the temps are supposed to nose dive but I am seriously considering venturing out to Michael's Crafts. It's about 7 or 8 miles away. Would rather go to JoAnn's Fabrics & Crafts but I'm not in the mood to drive up to Plymouth.

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  2. That is a pretty cross stitch; lots of intricate work there! That is hard with the solid month of hard weather with cold temps and tons of snow. Everyone will look forward to more spring like weather I am sure!

    betty

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    1. What I'm afraid of is that we are going to go from 30 degrees to hot and humid with a very short spring. Last summer was the best I've ever seen in this region. Only a few humid days. Usually it's so awful that you end up housebound all summer too.

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  3. I will be happy when spring gets here. Love the icicle photos tho.

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    1. I'm beginning to think it's never going to get here.

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  4. The cross stitch is great. You're right, the beads really are the best part. The picture of your cookies made me hungry. Maybe you need to do the 2015 A-Z to keep your mind off the snow?

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    1. Thanks!! Well by the time A-Z gets here, it'll be April and hopefully this snowy mess will be over! lol

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  5. Let's hope Spring is about to be sprung on you :0)

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    1. Hope 'springs' eternal Diane. lol

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  6. As I read this, it's snowing. Again. I heard we are supposed to get dumped on again tomorrow night. My daughter missed school ALL of last week because of the stupid weather. I'm so tired of it. C'mon Spring! Melt this crap!

    I love the idea of adding beads. My mom and I used to cross-stitch all the time. But, I quit when the kids were born and never went back. I should...

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    1. Well the 1,2,3 Stitch website has the best and biggest selection of Mill Hill beaded cross stitch kits. I could buy every single one! You should get some!!!!

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  7. I've never seen cross stitch with beads before. I bought myself a cross stitch kit and managed to get another latch hook kit at half price. Hope your weather improves. I'm still having trouble commenting as it always sends me to the App Store but managing this session.

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    1. I am ADDICTED to beaded cross stitch. I've done so many of them. That's weird you get sent to an app store. I haven't encountered that problem. Yet.

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