Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts

Friday, February 20, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Snowflakes that Stay...(10 Things to do When it's Cold and Snowy Outside)

...on my nose and eyelashes.

The Northeast has been pummeled  with snowstorm after snowstorm. I moved just before winter began and so far have seen enough snow that I can still enjoy it without dreading the next round of fluffy, white precipitation.

I went through several old photos to see what I decided to make memories of in winters past and came up with the idea for this post.

1. Go to Florida! They say, "With age comes wisdom." Why do you think so many retired people go to Florida in the winter? You always thought it was because it's too hard for them to shovel or they can't handle the cold, right? Now you know. Those sage, grandparental figures have weathered through a rough winter or two and garnered a few feathers in their caps which they now use to make their annual flight to the sunshine state when the temperature begins to drop. (If becoming a snowbird is not a feasible option, read on.)

2. Make (or buy) a hat. And a scarf, and a sweater, and a blanket, and a hot water bottle cozy. If you're in this for the long haul then you need to be prepared! Learning to crochet or knit is a great winter hobby. Not only will you be able to make yourself things to keep warm, but it's also a wonderful way to pass the time when the fifth storm in three weeks hits and you're officially snowed in until you can open the front door again.

3. Go for a walk/drive. When you can once again get outside and clean off your car it's always fun to go out and look at the beautiful scenery of snow covered trees and fields. Of course, you can bundle up and just take a short walk, but it's always nice to crank up the heater in the car while you look at the frozen landscape that surrounds you. Just remember what the colors and shapes of traffic signs mean. Also, if global warming were a thing, you'd be contributing to it and might lessen your chances for getting snowed in next winter.

4. Ski! The snow can be enjoyable. I know that can be pretty hard to believe when you're shoveling the driveway for the third time in the same storm, but how about learning a winter sport? Skiing is very popular and schussing down a hill can be very invigorating on a cold, bright and sunny day in the middle of winter.

5. Skating is another very fun winter activity! Many rinks will let you rent skates or you might be able to find a used pair at an affordable price online or at a used sporting goods store. Always make sure that you are skating on a body of water with ice that is thick enough. Several states/counties have websites that tell you whether or not certain lakes and ponds in your area are frozen enough and safe to skate on. The plus side of rinks is you don't have to worry about ice thickness and they are often inside and can be warmer than skating outdoors.

6. Look for animal tracks. Winter is prime time for looking for prints in the snow. Not every animal hibernates or migrates south. There is quite a variety of wildlife that remains active in the winter. Of course, not every animal will spend time on the ground, so make sure you look up too and you might just catch a glimpse of a bird that prefers the snowy season. This Snowy Owl spent a little time watching my husband fish last winter.

7. Sit in it. Who doesn't like to make a snow angel? Of course, when the snow gets too deep for that and you're tired of trudging in drifts pasts your knees all you can do is just sit down and see how deep the snow is. It's actually a little, tiny bit insulating and pretty warm for the first 10 seconds.

8. Watch a movie. When it's way too cold to go outside and you've had enough of the wintery weather then it's time to kick back, relax, and put on a good flick. Preferably The Sound of Music.

9. Make something warm to drink. The prefect accompaniment to a good movie on a cold winter night is a warm cup of cocoa. Of course tea, coffee, or hot apple cider are also acceptable. While you're at it you might as well put it in a Christmas mug since it still looks like Christmas outside anyway and you probably haven't taken down your Christmas lights since they're buried in the snow.

10. Enjoy the winter. Don't be chicken, (I know, I really had to reach for that joke. Sarcasm.) enjoy the winter season. Spring will be back someday and after that follows summer. Remember summer? It's that scorching, hot season that always makes you wish that it were winter again.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tuesday Cables || Looks Like Snow

Last week was SO busy but now I'm back on track. We were supposed to get a huge snowstorm a week ago Monday night but only ended up with about 6 inches. Not enough to make cleaning up a big pain. (It was still a little pain.) and just enough to go sledding!! The birds don't seem to mind too much. It looks pretty chilly though.

I finally finished my doily and now when I look at it all I can picture is one giant snowflake.  I really enjoyed this pattern. The only thing I didn't like were the "chain 6" instructions for the mesh at the edges. When I started going around and having to slip stitch the following rows, I had to tweak some things to make it look even because, obviously,  6 has no center. It turned out alright. The stitches are pretty tight but I think that could have been fixed by using one hook size larger. I think I'm going to use one size up on the next pattern with this thread.

And about the aprons, I finished the second one and am just about done with the third. Making the same pattern three times in a row is pretty amazing for me. Usually I never enjoy making the same thing twice, but these were fairly simple and enjoyable to sew. I'm hoping to have all three aprons posted on Etsy by the end of this week and hopefully get out and buy a little more fabric. Not sure if I'll be making more aprons or if I'll try something else. It is much more exciting to think about sewing now that I have a fully functioning machine!! Knock on wood.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Abba Dabba Honeymoon Part 1

If you haven't heard Carleton Carpenter and Debbie Reynolds sing Abba Dabba Honeymoon in Two Weeks With Love the you should probably go watch it on YouTube right now!: Abba Dabba Honeymoon

My love for musicals didn't really explode until I was in 8th grade and I got the Original Broadway Soundtrack of Annie in my stocking that Christmas. For longer than I can remember, and I have mentioned it multiple times before on this blog (including last Tuesday), I have loved The Sound of Music.

 In 1992 my family visited Stowe, VT, where the von Trapps settled after they fled the Nazi regime in Austria. I have very vague memories of that vacation. We walked on the grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge but were stayed at a campground near by. After I got my drivers license I thought it would be fun to take a road trip, either by myself or with a friend, and spend the day in Stowe. It never happened. When I got engaged there was no doubt in my mind where I wanted to go for the Honeymoon. So this is kind of like Tuesday's post, a reminiscent photo dump, but this time not art related. These pictures do not do justice to how gorgeous the scenery really is.

The mountains are breathtaking. That sound so cliche, but that is the only way to describe them without turning into Baroness Schraeder and saying, "The mountains are magnificent, Georg! Really, magnificent!"

I had to do this without falling. In 1992 I tried to be Maria in the famous opening of The Sound of Music and ended up rolling down the hill, thus creating a family memory that I will never live down. There is a post-roll photo in existence.
We went for a hike the the chapel Werner von Trapp built after returning home from World War 2.

Ringing the bell to "make a joyful noise." 

We drove around the area looking at the mountains, going into shops, and seeing snow for the first time in the season! There was a friendly exchange of frozen ammo.

And of course, when you're this close to the factory, you go!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Red, White, Green

There is an apparent lack of snow in my new location. I'm not sure how much I like it yet. I'll get used to it, I'm sure. Once I have a job and realize that I don't need to shovel my way out of the driveway twice a week or start my car at least 15 minutes before leaving, I know I'll appreciate it. Snow sure does make things look awfully pretty though.

The feeder has been crowded with birds lately and I've enjoyed watching them coming and going, darting back and forth to eat the sunflower seeds. Once in a while a Downy Woodpecker will stop by for a few seconds and sometimes I can hear a Nuthatch tapping it's beak on the roof storing a seed under the shingles. I think I like watching the Cardinals the best. They are so beautiful!

Here is a bit of festive fun! My husband and I built a gingerbread house. We were "discussing" if we should decorate it then set it up, or set it up first and then decorate. We ended up setting it up first just to have the extra challenge of trying to decorate without knocking anything over. He mostly set up the walls and I mostly made it look pretty. It was definitely a team effort.