The difference a day can make

February 18, 2021 – Frozen tree limb February 19, 2021 – Meltwater

Thursday was dark and gloomy, punctuated by rolling power outages and a steady freezing mist that encased everything in a sheath of ice.

It was all terribly beautiful. But water became an increasing concern, overshadowing the intermittent power supply. We were urged by our local officials to conserve water even as they warned us to keep faucets dripping to prevent our pipes from freezing.

We did our part: no showers and no laundry. Hedging our bets, we put a plug in the tub to conserve the water dripping from the tap. Then we waited.

Friday the sun came out. And even though the temperature remained below freezing, Texas sun can be a formidable force, even in February. The sky was its bluest blue and as the ice melted from each branch, the droplets of water caught the sun and glittered like fairy lights.

Electric power became a reliable utility once again. And if the cupboard was getting bare, there was a certain satisfaction that came with being able to let others get to the stores first. We could wait, so we did.

The biggest concern was our Austin daughter’s water situation. Broken water mains cut off all water to their neighborhood. But that’s a story for another patch.

Close up – Revised

February 17, 2021 – Re-vision

I’m liking this version much more than the first try …

February 17, 2021 – Iced wing

It was a grey day on Wednesday, with icicles dripping from the eaves, the fences, the trees, and our whimsical pelican …

I don’t know if I’ll keep the current patch, which bears a striking resemblance to Big Bird. Most likely I’ll sleep on it and come up with a more abstract version …

but this will serve as a placeholder for now.

Fortunately, the sun came out today and it’s a balmy 42 degrees …

I think we’re gonna make it.

And so it goes

February 15, 2021 – Single digit cold February 16, 2021 – Rolling blackouts

So begins the latest week in the saga of Remember 2021. There seem to be far more black patches this time around. Quelle suprise.

Process notes: the tan dyed cloth is from Ruth Hase Gutierrez, who is back on Instagram. The black linen is from Austinite Malka Dubrawsky at Stitch in Dye. And the variegated floss, worked in Jude’s split(ting-hairs) backstitch, was dyed by Deb Lacativa.

All stitching was done freehand because I couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to sketch it out first. Like I said, quelle suprise.