Let it snow + addendum

January 10, 2021 – Snow day fence

When you get snow once every three years it tends to get your attention …

Slow motion snow video

So yesterday, there was a lot of watching out the window. And there might also have been soup for lunch followed by a mid-afternoon snack of hot chocolate and popcorn …

But best of all were the pictures streaming out of Austin …

of a first-time experience for the grandgirls …

Turn up video volume to hear the best giggle ever

Such fun …

Addendum:

The patches are stitched together day-by-day making a linear calendar of sorts …

Each month will be about 60″ long … then the strips will be stitched together with black and white borders, as I did with Remember 2016

Let there be light

Grace replied to my comment on her blog with this question:

“You have Frost?”

To which the answer is “Yes, yes we do … even here, deep in the heart of Texas” …

Therefore, on occasion, the plants have to be covered (thanks to Don, who keeps a watchful eye out for such things) …

Although deep freezes never last for long, as yesterday’s weather dashboard attests …

Gotta love Texas.

And so, after the longest night …

we welcome the coming of the light …

As always, we will celebrate the season with lots (and lots) of sweets. The baking binge began with this recipe from my grandmother, Scotswoman Jessie Russell Watson, who called all things Scottish “Scotch” … hence “Scotch Shortbread” (with thanks to Fiona for some new pricking patterns and to Deb for a new ingredient) …

And the cookie baking will not be complete until the grandkids help with this new-ish family tradition …

seen here in 2019 and 2018 … because the third time’s the charm, right?

Takin’ it easy

After slamming from high-summer 90s into full-on winter 20s, the weather has come back to something near normal for Texas. So with an old Eagles pop-tune playing in my head, I took my barefeet out onto the back porch to dry my hair in the sun …

while enjoying a through-the-looking-glass view of my stitching window.

I even managed to piece a few patches together …

after auditioning a couple of iterations …

The latest strips are not as visually interesting, so they are soon to be dyed with tea and windfall lichen, gathered with the help of Griffin and Parker yesterday …

And while I don’t have pictures of our lichen gathering activities, nor of the rollicking game of soccer that followed, I do have a fun shot of P trying on Don’s boots …

I could get used to this …