Four Days and Counting

Joe just asked me what I’m going to do on my fifth day off in a row.

It’s been five days.

Five snowed in days.

Oh, we did go out.

To dig out.





I don’t even remember how many snows this was – or how many times we had shoveled at this point.  All I know is, that at the deepest point, there’s over a foot of snow.  And there was rain, and ice, and . . . whatever.  It’s supposed to snow again on Tuesday – just in time to go back to work.

And, what did I do with all of this time?  Hmm.  I had grand plans – sewing, mail art, scrapbooking, both Project Life and Digital, and some painting, but . . . I watched a lot of Olympics.  And, I did knit.  Here is the first of the Follow Your Arrow Shawls –

wearingshawlLook how lazy I am – I didn’t even set up my new tripod.


closeupshawl2holdingshawlholdingshawl2Nope, still didn’t run up to get my new tripod, or new remote trigger.  Just set the camera on the radiator cover.  I can already tell this is the best of them, and I’m really happy with it.  When I cast on the second and the third versions (which I refer to as the ugly stepsister and her sister), I thought the short row section was going to bigger – that it would kind of “wedge” all around.  But, that’s not how things progressed, and if I had to do it all over again – I wouldn’t have bothered with the short rows.  I still would have done a second shawl, I would have just done the opposite clue for everything except the short rows.  Of course, without seeing the other shawls, or the pattern, you have no idea what I’m talking about, and this is all just babble.

And that’s about what I’m capable of at the moment, after five days in the house, basically, Just singing la la la sometimes to hear myself talk.  Joe’s been getting home late (and by that I mean late in the morning), going to sleep, sleeping late (and by that, I mean until about 6:30 p.m.), and leaving early (9ish) to get his train.  So, I’ve been talking to Lemon and Olive.  They’re good listeners.  Hey dogs, should I get off the couch, go up to the craftroom and do some sewing?  Nah, stay here on the couch, curling is coming on.  Ok, you talked me into it.

I did do one Project Life spread, while I sat in front of the t.v., watching the men’s free fall free skate –

weekoffeb3So, I’m caught up in real time, but I still have to go back and do weeks I skipped.  I’m not going back to the summer disaster – oh no.  I think I’m just going to have to live with missing a few weeks out of my 2013 album.  But, I still have to do the first few weeks of this year – when I was still dickering in my head about whether I was really going to go all paper.  I think I’ll probably combine the last week of 2013 and the first week of 2014, and I should be good. And, I’m missing the holidays – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas – so I think I’m going to do one spread of the holidays, and call it good.

Putting together this past week is going to be a challenge – because for all of the snow, and the trapped in the house business, it was still a photo heavy week.  We had Ramos lunch at our house on Sunday (even though it snowed), and it was Joe’s brother’s birthday.  Tuesday we went to the car show, Thursday I took the above snow photos, Friday was Valentine’s Day, and Saturday was Danielle’s birthday, during which it again snowed.  So, the challenge will be in squeezing all of the photos I want to use in without a digital layout, and figuring out how I want them to go in my head before I start printing them out, and wasting paper printing them at the wrong size.

Again, there I go with the brain barf.

Anyway, I’m doing pretty good with just the 2 core kits (Kraft and Amber), and my gifted stickers from Knitty D.  But, of course, I went paper because I want to use stuff, so I’m getting more stuff.  I’m trading half of my Amber for 1/3 of 5th and Frolic with a woman from Texas.  And, I joined the Studio Calico monthly PL kit club. To do this, I had to cancel my Philadelphia Inquirer subscription – oh well, that paper totally sucks anyway.  I’m keeping my Sunday Times.  And, with all of this time in the house, and with all the coupons, and all the President’s Day sales, I was very restrained, only spent $10 at the Joann’s online sale (half price on a lot of stuff, $1 flat rate shipping), getting Amy Tangerine’s Cut & Paste and a little package of her die cuts.  With all of the time I’ve had on my hands, it’s truly miraculous I didn’t order anything else.

Oh wait, I did – sort of.  I signed up for a beginning Calligraphy class on Skillshare – they had a 25% sale too, sheesh!  But that doesn’t really count, does it?

At least it didn’t involve shoveling.





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