Friday, February 25, 2011

Oh, Well

It is snowing. Again. That, plus freezing rain. So I'm indoors, you know. Again.

As long as there has been snow and ice outside, my orthopedic surgeon has made me keep my broken ankle/leg in safer places. The bones have healed, but my leg is not strong, yet. For the last couple of days, there has been a tiny path that I could follow from door to car. I was free! I had a pedicure...went grocery shopping...checked the mail at the post office...made it to the pharmacy. Small stuff, but it seemed like an incredible luxury. Now, I'm back inside, no driving, no freedom, for a while. Until this batch of slippery, slid-ey stuff...or the next...or the gone.

This is the very first year I've ever gotten cabin fever and it stinks. Who would think I could get so very frustrated at chilling out with my leg elevated? Thank goodness I got my little Nook color for Christmas!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spring for a Day

It is 60 degrees outside! Spring is here, but just for one day. The four feet of snow on the deck is slowly melting. Drips off the roof are as thick as a heavy rainstorm. It is wonderful! Even if it does get cold and snow again, the promise of spring is enough to recharge my spirits. For the last two mornings, a cardinal has been singing under my bedroom window. I spotted a robin. All is well.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I'm Just a Valentine Curmudgeon

$472.25. According to one web site, this is what the AVERAGE person spends on Valentine's Day. I cannot believe that a pseudo-holiday merits this much attention or expenditure.

Some of you may think that I'm not romantic if I think spending so much is foolish. Think again. My DH and I have been together more than 45 years and are still very much in love. We don't seem to need a mandated day to give each other commercial cards, flowers, and other gifts to cement our relationship. Doing something nice for one another on an everyday basis -- not just once a year when the calendar says it is the right day -- seems to work very well indeed. Which would you prefer: 1 day or 365?

I wonder what someone else is spending to make up for the $944.50 we are not?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Stash, Stash, Stash

I confess. I have a ton of quilting "stash." Another ton of weaving stash. Knitting yarns. Threads. Buttons. Silks. Enough to last for several lifetimes. I keep giving it away, and more seems to appear. I don't buy new (or used, for that matter) stash. I put things on Craigslist, Ebay, Freecycle... There must be stash gremlins hiding things in another dimension and as soon as I rid myself of a bunch of totes full, those totes are full again. In the last year, I've given away more than 50 huge Rubbermaid totes (the ones that measure about 22" x 16" x 15") FULL of stash. I've even given away the containers so that they could not mysteriously refill...but I am STILL finding myself with a ton of stuff that I no longer want or need. I'm making things as quickly as I can. Giving them away to all who will use them. Ah, well, back to stitching and off the computer.

Falling Flat

What is it with me and falling down?

Have you ever fallen FLAT on your face because your leg suddenly was NOT there? I was able to emulate Jack Palance and do a fast-catch push-up to save my nose, but the rest of me is pretty badly bruised, battered, and downright sore! I fell on Thursday, and now it is Monday and I still ache. Blah!

Pay It Forward in 2011

I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment HERE. The rules of the game: they must in turn post this, and then send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status. It must be handmade by you, and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.
Okay, I'm counting to 5.... Who's in?