Tuesday, November 8, 2011


so, it did snow.  and snow and snow.  however, at the same time the wind would blow and blow and blow.  it didn't add up to much, but all the road signs were unreadable thanks to horizontal snow.  they say we're in for it this weekend, though, so we'll see how it goes.  it is COLD anyway, but somehow that doesn't seem so bad when it's actually supposed to be cold.  30 in Charleston was plain misery, but here it's just cold.  it's not so terrible when it makes sense...  i think i'm saying things out loud that i will wish i hadn't in about a month or two.  woops!

the cold has persuaded me to get down to business and utilize my new sewing machine.  my sweet husband got me one for my birthday!  i've sewed two pillows, but the one i did this afternoon has a pattern and turned out well (if i may say so).  when i'm completely done with the first--it needs a particular embellishment that i'm pretty excited about--i'll share that as well.  it occurred to me once i was done that i should've been scared of a pattern; it's good that i wasn't.  i'm famous for not doing things because i'm too afraid to start them.  i've finally realized started to believe that the worst thing that could happen is i start over or redo it.  the best that could happen is that it's a success.  there's no in between, so i need to DO more often.  someone remind me of that every so often, please?  thanks.  it even has a zipper--woot!

the front--it reminds me of my favorite zinnias

the back

i found this fabric at wal*mart, of all places.  nothing there has ever really caught my eye and made me so happy, so i was pretty stoked when i saw it.  i've been looking for a particular color scheme, but no specific pattern that i could put my finger on, so when i saw it as i was walking by and got that "oooooooh--look!" feeling, i knew i had to go for it.  it will be fabulous in our den, with its pattern that matches just enough.  i'm pretty pleased with it.  on to more!  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Let It Snow!

i think we're about to get our first "big" snow.  well, our first forecasted snow.  it snowed here on october 5th, and was all gone by that saturday, the 7th.  it had rained most of that week, and we were supposed to get a cold, rainy few more days, but there was no talk of snow at all.  i'd finally broken down and turned on the heat that morning when it was 63 degrees in the house.  then i looked out the window and couldn't believe what i saw.  it was coming down.  we got a few inches as part of a freak pre-season West Coast snow--Mammoth, California, got dumped on, and many other northern California towns were trying to figure out what in the world had just happened.  it was strange putting out Halloween decorations with the snow falling outside...  I was drinking hot chocolate from a witch mug.  weird.

people here keep saying the snow will come the beginning of November; that seems to be true.  there's an alert ticking across the bottom of the Weather Channel screen, and the radio mentions that there will be a big change in our day.  it's changing all right.  

this morning i was out and about at just before nine, and it was chilly--about 30--but was getting warmer by the time i'd finished my third errand.  the sky was blue, without a single cloud.  it was so clear, i could see the Grand Teton peak from our neighborhood.  it's usually pretty clear here, but every so often it's clear enough out there that she's standing out.  for a little perspective, Grand Teton is about 120 miles away.  beautiful sky!  anyway, as the day goes on a few clouds have rolled in, stretched across like torn cotton.  still blue, but getting cloudier.  i couldn't see the peak, or any of the range, by about noon.  

fast forward to 5:00...  my internet went on the fritz for a little while this afternoon; i'm just getting it back.  since around 3:00 we've gone completely gray, no blue and the wind has been picking up progressively since around one.  crazy.  it was 54 degrees at 3:00. it's 46  now.  i'm ready!  well, not really.  i have bread and milk and toilet paper.  is that ready?  

here's what scares me a bit about the impending Idaho Winter.  i looked out the front window and saw my neighbor putting up Christmas lights.  this is what went through my head:  what?!  it is november fourth, why is he putting up Chr--oooooooh.  because if we don't do it now we won't be able to.  uh oh.  my hunch is that he won't turn them on till it's time, but they are up because the snow starts tomorrow and doesn't melt before Christmas.  crap.  no, not ready.    i'm pretty sure hoping he's only getting really prepared, but that definitely struck fear in my heart.  maybe we won't get too much--there are differing forecasts--but i'd like to see some this weekend.  i'll let you know what happens. 

where's my hot chocolate,

UPDATE:  it's snowing!!!  58 minutes since i finished this post!!!