Friday, January 28, 2011

It is quite possible that we have reached capacity in regard to snow fall.
And still I think it's fun and beautiful.
But after 2 hours of helping Hubby remove the latest storm from our driveway
and sidewalk
my lower back might starting to protest just ever so slightly.
Later in the afternoon, I went out and shoveled in the yard for another hour trying to make some romping area for Daisy.
She loves getting out for a romp, but after a while she has to take a rest break. Now she has the choice to play in the deep stuff or just conduct a little business and get right back inside.
After all the work and play is done outside, I get right back to work on my hexagons. Can you stand another photo?
I decided to put it on the bed and see where I stand. I think I guessed right on the number of diamonds I need. A respite from shoveling this weekend should give me lots of stitching time.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Holy Cow! How did the time get away from me? Thank you for all the great birthday good wishes. I have been celebrating and celebrating - mostly outside in the snow. Guess I just can't get enough of the snow. Now I know that some of you lifetime snow-folk don't find the same joy in the white stuff as I do, but boy-oh-boy are we having fun!
Here is a typical view of Daisy at play.
She is a master at 'breaking trail.' Why would you want to retrace your steps when there is fresh, fluffy snow to be tromped through?
She also likes tackling the VERY high piles that the snowplows leave behind. Here she is near one of the summits.
Even with all the wintry weather, there are still squirrels up in the trees. The need to be chased!
Looks like she may have spotted one.
Just when you think that you've seen a lot, another storm passes our way.
Can you find the mailbox?
Have I mentioned that I enjoy shoveling?
I cleared the driveway and the entrance to Hubby's side of the garage last week during a storm. Now I'm not silly about it. I left the entrance to my side of the garage covered. Hubby likes the chance to play with the snow thrower, too. With a 4wd pick-up, I knew I could get out if I had to. It's fun that there's enough snow to share.
The next day, the sky was clear and so were some of the sidewalks. Daisy and I ventured out on a walk.Poor girl, she had to work at getting a good view.
Look at The Common.
I got this photo before they cleared the sidewalks. It's almost filled with snow. I think it looks beautiful and peaceful.
All of that outdoor activity can make a girl tired.
She does love her pillow pal . . . . but then she made a new discovery upstairs.
Is she trying to tell me she would like a bedroom of her very own?
On the quilting front, I have been getting some stitches in my hexagon project every day. I finished the last of the diamonds and now need to make some odd shapes to fill in the outer edges.
This will fill in the top edge.
And this will fill in the sides.
Now that the block construction is done, the top is growing quickly. It's almost exhilarating to see the progress.
Some very exciting things are happening here at home right now. If I am not around much in the coming weeks, just know I am very busy and will be back soon with all the details . . . . stay tuned.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

We had a snow day - our first 'official snow day'! Could I have been a bit miffed that the call came in at 5 a.m. from Hubby's employer? I could have been . . . . but before I could get really worked up over it, I was opening my eyes and it was 7 o'clock, a snow day and
my birthday!
I don't know what time the snow started falling, but when we came downstairs the backyard was filling up.
Had to borrow the shovel from Frosty to help Hubby. I worked on the front steps and walk while he cleared the driveway. All the while the plows were going by again, and again and again.
Those are some pretty impressive walls of snow. I just cannot get over how high up it is compared to the bottom of the stop sign.
Daisy was out frolicking away, leaping through the drifts.
But that it exhausting, even for one filled with such energy.
It was a great day all around - a day that brought the most snow I've ever seen, cards, calls and emails from all around and closed out with an amazing A Capella chorus of friends on the phone. I went to bed with a cold nose and a warm heart.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Looks like it's time to start hunkering down. Depending on which news station I tune into, we are expecting anywhere from 10 - 18" of snowfall starting late tonight. I have changed my plans for today to include a trip to the grocery for a few things to fill up the fridge. Then I shouldn't have to go out once the snow flies . . . . unless I want to do so. There are even some rumblings that Hubby might have a 'snow day' at work tomorrow. That would make for a wonderful birthday present, don't you think?
In addition to making sure our cupboards are full, I have been preparing some quilting projects to keep me busy indoors.
Lots of triangles to finish my wool quilt top.And the last bits of basting hexagons.
They will be added to this box.I need all them (and maybe more) so I can assemble the last of the diamonds into a real, honest-to-goodness quilt top.
The light at the end of the tunnel is getting a little brighter each day. There will be some partial diamonds needed to finish the edges of the quilt, but the bulk of the block piecing is done - a happy thing in my book.
Okay, now I'm even more inspired. Time to get those errands done because . . . . I gotta stitch!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Daisy says:
No time to blog, we gotta go outside and play.

And make some new friends. Look who we found in our backyard this morning.
The good news is there's another storm coming this week. That makes for lots more play time outside and that makes me and Daisy very happy. I feel like I haven't been outside in a year. So in the famous words of Frosty the Snowman . . . . I'll be back again, someday.

Monday, January 03, 2011

What a difference a week makes. This is all that's left of our snowman - a small pile of snow and a dog toy.
At least Daisy is still able to enjoy him.
I'm going to continue my blogging break just a wee tad longer. Lots of fun stories from the holidays, but before all that I feel like I need to restore some order to my daily schedule. The best way to do that is to stay away from the computer for a few more days. I appreciate the understanding . . . . be back soon.