19 February, 2015

Snow Day(s)!

Snow in the south usually results in just about everything being shut down, all activities are canceled or postponed; the inch+ of snow (plus a healthy layer of sleet on top) that arrived on Tuesday did all of that here!  I know my friends and family to the north are shaking their heads; that's okay, as a result of having nowhere to go I have done a LOT... my "to do" list is punctuated with nothing but check marks!  You know how you pile up the supplies for certain projects and think to yourself "sometime... when I have nothing else to do and nowhere else to be... suddenly it dawned on me, today is that day, I can work on all of those things! I sewed pillowcases, I put binding on a quilt, I loaded a quilt on the longarm, I caught up on my block-of-the-month and I stitched up a monochromatic block for the True Colors workshop being help at my LQS. (At first I tried my hand at improvisational piecing but that was an epic failure; I went with a traditional Blazing Star block instead and even designed a setting for this ongoing workshop/challenge.) I'm feeling successful in my accomplishments, all of this gives me time for my newest hobby: watching the meterologists and news anchors make the most ridiculous to absurd weather related comments in overly dramatic tones. Yesterday on the local news: "Prepare yourself for the coldest temperatures you've ever experienced!" Really, how would he know? If he's referring to temperatures here, I do recall it being this cold before. But, this morning, I heard one even better; our local weather person was all bundled up standing outside on an interstate overpass, when she wearied of reporting about the visibility of her own breath she said this: "what people have to be careful of is the black ice, mainly because you cannot see it. Can I get a close-up camera shot over here of this patch of black ice?" Huh? I thought you just said one could not see it! Yes, it's cold. Yes, it can be dangerous driving if you don't know what to look for and you don't adjust your speed. This all makes for some pretty hilarious viewing. I honestly don't know why it's important to bundle up the weather people and send them outside to report on just how cold it is... you can't SEE cold; all we can see is how many layers of clothes in which they manage to wrap themselves! Personally, I'm content to stay inside where it's not cold and check off all those pending projects one by one... today is the day! How do you spend your snow days?
Life is Good!

11 comments:

Wendy Luane Barber said...

It is quite entertaining, so much so, that I've stopped watching for the most part. And guess what? Spring is coming!

Katy Lee said...

I wish you would teach some classes for us NC quilters. Your diversity, precision and positive attitude is what the world needs more of. Beautiful Star. Thank You.

Janet O. said...

What a fun post to read. Doesn't it get downright silly on the news at times?
You are certainly making the most of your "snow day". I might do the same if I ever had one. Here we are accustom to lots of snow, so life pretty much goes on as usual--we just aren't getting any of it this year.
Your Blazing star is lovely--excellent fabric choices. The dimension shows up really well!

cityquilter grace said...

sewing up a storm....LOL...no pun intended.....plenty of indoor time for that....was sunny this AM now snowing quite hard AGAIN!...but this too shall pass...

Dianne said...

I was watching one of our local TV stations the other day and apparently the cold had frozen his brain. He said "When the sun comes up in the western sky" WHAT?? Is the earth rotating in the opposite direction and I missed it?
All of your work is beautiful and you certainly accomplished a lot on that snow day!

Paula, the quilter said...

Your blazing star is beautiful. I am expecting a snowy weekend and with DH out of town I will be doing the snow removal by myself. Can you say 3 stage snowblower?

Quiltdivajulie said...

The freedom to stay home and enjoy a "found" day is wonderful! I, too, have crossed a GREAT many things off the to-do list this week (and it is freeze-raining again as I type).

Laura Chaney said...

Wow! You got so much done! Now that I live in California I somethings am wistful for snow days, and then I remember all of the work/pain/cold that comes along with that (30 years living in the midwest).

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Woke up this morning to a NEGATIVE 22 degrees (that is NOT wind chill ... that was the temperature). It rose to a positive 13 degrees so I ventured out for a few errands. Quickly returned home and played for awhile with a new (to me) sewing machine ... my Bernina 440QE with BRS ... that learning curve will keep me happy and occupied for a few weeks! Northern Michigan gets a "real" winter and we're used to it here ... don't mind the snow but it's those polar arctic temps that make me shiver. Have broken several long standing low temperature records here this winter ... but Spring is only 30 days away!! Linda

Gwen said...

This comment is late, I know. I'm just catching up on blogs. Let me tell you about the idiots at our local news/weather station. They had a company come in and build them an "ice desk" out in the parking lot, complete with ice computer monitor, ice coffee cup of pens and fake ice clock. From time to time, they would cut from the stuido to the ice desk where one of the anchors, usually the man, and one of the weathermen would give a report or two. The length they'll go for ratings! I just want all of this gone before Mid-Atlantic next week.

Shasta Matova said...

What a beautiful block! Our local news is 50% about the weather, so they do have a tendency to keep dramatizing and repeating themselves. They started issuing snow advisories, which scared me when I had to drive until I realized they were just saying it was going to snow.