Sunday, January 8, 2017

We Have A First Finished Project!

The second Santa stripe table runner is done,
and aside from not realizing the lines wouldn't line up once I stitched the seams, I'm pleased with them.  And I've started two MORE table runners with fabric strips cut from my college fabric prints:
and now that we can take a break from Snowmageddon, I'm hoping to clear off my craft table enough to maybe cut out this,
which is one of my "allowed" purchases which just arrived.  It's a nicer flannel in a very dark hunter green.  Andy has been wearing the flannel shirt I made him so much that I wanted one for myself.  And this,
is a Polartec fleece that I'll be using to make Andy a shirt for Valentine's Day.  I found this fabric in 2015, I think, so not deep stash, but stash all the same.  And they're both Warm Things.  Honestly, my hometown has at least twice as much snow as we do right now, so it's not like I didn't grow up with bad winters, but potential power outages with no non-electric heat source is a new thing, as is 2 feet of snow that never gets plowed.  And being able to shovel snow with my back/hip is one thing. 

Being able to then LIFT the snow onto a pile the height of my shoulder is another thing entirely.  After yesterday, I wasn't even sure I'd be able to get out of bed today, but aside from just being a bit sore, I'm good.  Sick of winter, but good.  However, if we could get a day off from shoveling, that would be good.  Maybe like a week.  Done for the season would work well, too..............

The Sunday Storm

This morning our "togetherness" activity was to remove the snow from the roof of the patio, because while we're pretty confident about the rest of the roof holding, the patio was questionable since freezing rain is predicted for today.  This is our backyard today:

That's easily 2 feet of snow on the ground, and heavy rain just started.  The storm drains have been dug out, but so many of them are frozen over that when the rain melts this snow, there is going to be trouble.  We live at the top of a hill, so aside from the voles who built their tunnels at the bottom of the slope in our backyard about to be drown, we won't see much flooding, but things could get very ugly for the people at the bottom of the hill and in the valley.  Now they're saying this storm will be with us through Wednesday and we're still in a state of emergency. Ugh.

We cleared off as much ice as we could earlier, and with the rain now, we can finally take a break from storm "preparation" and I think I'm going to get to spend a little time sewing.   Fleece underwear, here I come!!