Snow, Snuggling, Playing & Sewing

It’s been such an unusual winter here in Southwestern PA.  Bouts of bitter cold, then springlike breaks in the 50 degree range here and there. More rain than snow. This past week we went from an unusual February high of 60 degrees one day, to this, two days later…

( around 5 a.m. several hours prior to dawn, taken with no flash )

If you live in a snowy climate you are familiar with this; if not…even when it is dark outside, with cloud cover and no moonlight, the snow brings the light and it is possible to get photos like this with no tripod ( which I do not have )  or any special equipment or lenses.

We got a good six inches overnight. I shoveled all of the walkways, cleared the car, etc. Later on we had squalls and it was all covered again. In the late afternoon when things had settled a bit I took a walk down to see the kids and Merle…Merle has loved the snow since he was a young puppy. He was just reveling in it. Running around burying his face in it / sliding through it / excited when we threw snow at him…

Here, the older animals are happy with shorter visits outdoors and longer snuggling times indoors.

The day after that I had to pick Brent up at his school and meet the other kids when they got off their bus. I took my camera along that time.

Indoors, the children were enjoying some Paddle Balls. At .99 each, I had hoped that they’d last at least 5 minutes. Aiselyn was the best at it….hers going a mile a minute and making Merles’ head spin. I think that hers died within 4 minutes or less.

As to sewing, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month is teal / aquamarine, seafoam…whatever we can come up with. I finished appliqueing an Airship Propeller block for that.

Awhile back, I had mentioned discovering Acorn TV  ( HERE ) which has a lot of quality programming and many of you commented and mentioned that you had been enjoying “The Crown” on Netflix.

I know that my son and DIL have Netflix and I asked her if she’d watched this series. She raved about it. On Saturday morning I thought to start a free trial and watch one episode of “The Crown”.

FOUR episodes later I came out of my engrossed stupor and discovered that we were going up to 60 degrees, most of the snow was rapidly melting, and that I had better do something with the rest of my day :)   Later on down at the kids’ house I watched my son giving poor Merle a bath….snow is much easier on him than mud :)

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A little snow, some little baskets, & this and that

It turned colder and we got a bit of snow last weekend. Not much…just enough to cover the ground.

We generally have much more snow than we have seen this year in my area.

While I ran some errands for medicine, and took some soup down, I had not spent any quality time with the family down the street as they had been down with the flu….the DIL, who is rarely sick, seemed to have it the worst. Aside from the soup, another thing that I made over the weekend was smashed potatoes.

SMASHED POTATOES:   I think that these originally started with the Pioneer Woman; not sure, though.  Basically you boil some potatoes until fork tender. Drain.  Cut them in half and then smash them into a pan.  I just put some foil into a pan here and sprayed it with a bit of PAM.

Next, drizzle them with a bit of olive oil and your seasonings of choice. Put them into the oven at 450 degrees. After 10 minutes or so, stir, add a few small dollops of butter and parsley and cook them for a bit more until you hear some sizzling going on.

I made them quite often a few years ago and then forgot about them until now :)

On Wednesday I went down to see the kids and dog and son and DIL…all recovered from that flu mentioned earlier,  and she was working with the children on their Valentines Day boxes. Javis had a huge Minecraft one that he’d painted, they were working on a school bus for one of the twins and who knows what the other ones will be…they were just starting. She loves that stuff! :)

Towards the end of last year, I started appliqueing some little baskets. This year I decided to use the RSC17 ( Rainbow Scrap Challenge ) color of the month suggestion going forward for them. I didn’t get around to starting on them until the weekend, and worked on them here and there during the week. The January color was purple.

Over the weekend, for some of my Slow Stitching, I am going to work on the February color. The color is Sea Green…or if we don’t have enough of that, a teal or aqua. I don’t have much of any of those colors…I have 3 cut out and ready to starch and prep.

I am approaching another block in Scrappy Granny:

When I visited with the children on Wednesday I also found out that I am expected to do some Emergency Surgery Slow Stitching on a big white seal stuffed toy who Aiselyn loves dearly..he has an injury under one of his fins.

AND Javis thought it might a good idea that when I come back down with my needle and thread that I should bake some cookies to bring too :)

I don’t usually bring up politics on this blog, but if you are an International reader…I apologize for our new president. I apologize to Mexico, to Australia; if you are a Brit who signed the 1.6 million and more petition, I don’t think that he should meet the Queen either, and if you are in any other country feeling dismayed and worried, I share the feeling.

Many of us do.

If you are a supporter of him in the USA, I don’t want an argument here. I will pray for the man and our country every day but what has gone on since the inauguration is embarrassing. I hope to see less of that in the future.

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