Hibernation

When the weather suddenly turned cold, Attila and I experienced a sudden sleepiness at the end of our day. Attila retired to his bed very early last night, and I followed not an hour later. We both slept soundly, reluctantly awakening to the alarm. We both arose refreshed. Was it a form of hibernation that overtook us, when the weather turned?

The sunrise this morning was beautiful. Now, late in the morning, the sky is bright and grey, it is snowing, and each time I have lifted my eyes to look out the window, white flakes have been drifting down to earth. It is also quite cold, -9C, well below freezing, so I am passing on the walk today. Tonight’s low, and tomorrow night’s low, will be -18C. Winter’s last gasp, I hope!

I don’t see my grandkids very often, and when I do it is always such a treat! I have been missing Luna’s children, and haven’t seen them since early December. Since we purchased Amazon Prime, many items can be shipped free. Often it is the cost of shipping that prevents me from sending things to the Grandkids. So I ordered some cookies and sent them to Imp and Elf and Tink last month. Luna wrote to say they really enjoyed getting a package in the mail addressed to them, and they enjoyed the cookies! Such fun!

Terra has been sticking close to home with her little ones, they are preemies and she has to watch their health very closely, which includes not exposing them to a lot of people, ergo germs. They were born last June, but were due in August, arriving two months early. They are both doing really well, both healthy, gaining weight, developing along expected paths, just a little bit slower getting there, which is not a cause for concern. Terra sent me some cell phone shots of them yesterday, and they are both on their tummies, holding their heads high, bright and eager. It won’t be long now before they begin to crawl! They both make good eye contact, engage in interaction, are verbal, and take a real interest in the things and people around them. When I see them I have no concerns about their stage of development, they seem perfect to me! I was a special education teacher for years, so I am aware of some of the developmental delays that can plague a child, but I have seen none of those in Sunny and Sky. Of course, I know as far as they are concerned, my vision is clouded by love!

Today I am busy with a variety of my projects. I continue to work on my book, scanning photographs that have been sent to me, editing them, preparing captions.

I have been searching for just the right company to do some printing for me, for a gift for my niece’s wedding this summer, and have finally found what I want. I have sent the order in this morning, and I am quite anxious to see how it turns out, one never knows with online orders! The last time I went on such a quest was in 2007 for Terra, and before that in 2001 for Luna. My niece’s wedding will be very small, with just a few family members and close friends invited; only family members who lived close by when my niece was growing up will be invited, so we won’t be going. I have two more nieces who might marry at some future date, so there are two more gifts that may be needed. If this company sends me an item I am happy with, it will take a lot less research to create gifts in the future!

When Attila and I married, only our daughter’s and their significant other’s attended, as well as the officiant. We married in our living room, and had the reception in our dining room. Attila cooked the meal. The only photographs taken were with a disposable camera that Luna bought. She is a photographer and offered to take our wedding photos, but she forgot to bring her camera to the wedding, Luna is like that, so she rushed out and bought a disposable camera from the drug store. Our wedding photos are few and fuzzy, but it was such a happy day that I see them as warm and fuzzy.

The crochet hook and wool are beside my chair. I pick them up every once and a while and practice. There is an ever so miniscule improvement in the tension of my stitches, as I continue to experiment with different ways of feeding the wool through my hand. I was using a wicker basket to hold my yarn and hook, but the yarn kept snagging on the edges, so I have switched to a metal mixing bowl from the kitchen, which works a lot better. I ordered a set of ergonomic crochet hooks that were recommended by Bex, and I am looking forward to their arrival in a few weeks time. Until then, I will work with what I have, the $1 hook from the discount store, with the $1 ball of yarn from the same place. I find that that as I move through my day, every time my eye catches sight of the ball of yarn and hook, I experience a pleasant feeling. It just goes to show me that I don’t have to be good at something to enjoy doing it!!

Worldly Distractions

Weather

-9°C
Date: 11:00 AM EST Friday 3 March 2017
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 102.5 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: -8.8°C
Dew point: -13.9°C…
Humidity: 67%
Wind: WSW 4 km/h
Wind Chill: -11
Visibility: 3 km

Quote

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus
1913 – 1960

Ha! What I thought when I saw this quote was, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible crocheter.”

Or insert for summer whatever delights you in this life!

6 Comments

  1. Just out of curiosity, Maggie, what “size” hook are you using to experiment with? A size 4 or 5 would be ideal. Also, sometimes if you use really inexpensive yarn, the threads of the yarn will separate a lot while you are trying to “pull through” with the hook, and that can be a source of stress to the beginner – even to the experienced! A chunky yarn might give you an easier time of it if you can get your hands on some, and you can always “frog” (rip out) what you’ve done in the end and rewind the ball of yarn!
    I got up early (6:30 !!!) just to get going on my Paul-blanket. I am decreasing the rows now and should be done with it in a few days now.

  2. Bex, I am using a 4.5 mm hook and some very nice baby yarn in a light green, easy to see. So I think I am good. How wonderful to wake up in the morning with a quest! Thanks for all your input about crochet Bex, I really appreciate it!

    “Frog” A new phrase for my vocabulary! I have been crocheting the stitches for the first row using about three feet of yarn, then I check to see how my tension was, then I rip it out and start again. I will continue on like this until I can control the tension for a relatively even stitch. It will come!

  3. Maggie, I so enjoy hearing about your ordered, reflective approach to life. I have the ‘reflective’ part right, but not the ‘ordered’. It’s just not my style—I like to flit from task to task, doing a bit of everything, until I’ve completed my list. It is quite an accomplishment for me, having a list I stick to! Glad you are coping with the cold, it will soon be over, and spring, they promise, will not be far behind!

  4. Diane, I love lists! I have two lists going at the moment, one in the living room with projects I want to tackle, and one in the kitchen with things to take care of, and items to purchase, when we next visit the nearby city. Things slip away if they aren’t on the list. I am a real out of sight out of mind kinda woman. Your multitasking approach sounds very effective, it is a skill to juggle multiple projects, and actually finish them!

    The cold comes with sunny skies, so it isn’t too hard to take. Another 48 yours and I will out hitting the pavement for my daily walks again.

  5. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    DH and I were out visiting Home Depot for molding for the new office and doing grocery shopping, today. Our temps were the same as yours but the sun was so strong that we didn’t really notice the cold.

    Glad to heat all the grandlittles are doing well!

    Speaking of crochet, I received a lovely gift today from my SIL, a crocheted lap blanket. It’s so pretty, and wonderfully warm! Plus it came in this beautiful box with butterflies all over it. So fun, new things to enjoy!

  6. Teri, what a lovely word, “grandlittle”! I have been thinking about the word I use, Grandbabies, and it seems to me that as they grow up that particular monicur might not seem charming to them. Thanks for the idea! Grandlittles it is!

    Your lap blanket sounds lovely, and warm. What a beautiful gift!

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