When one goes outside on a twenty degree day and it feels balmy, you know you've made it through a cold spell. While I realize other parts of our country are still struggling mightily with unusual weather conditions, we have had a break in our couple of weeks of frigid temperatures. The more tolerable conditions allow us to do more things outside without risking frozen fingers and toes.
Papa Pea and I remind ourselves on a daily basis how fortunate we are and appreciate our physical location and lifestyle here on our little homestead in the woods. Nary a day goes by when we find ourselves with time hanging heavy or wondering what to do to fill the hours. The one disadvantage of having a full life is making sure it's a balanced life. Seems as though we wrestle with the concept of keeping it balanced continually.
On the handwork scene:
It ended up a bit smaller than I wanted at only 17" wide by 26" long, because (dang and drat) I ran out of fabric. But it fits in with my blue and white decorating theme for this time of year, and I'm happy with it. (Even though I wanted to have it done and on the floor at the beginning of January. Sigh.)
This little experimental quilted piece is sandwiched and ready to be machine quilted. Like so many I make, it has had to hang on the quilt room wall for a while until I figured out just how I want to quilt it. That decision has now been made so I'll get on with it as soon as I can.
I think I've spread out my notes, charts and lists of seeds to plant all over the kitchen table three times now intending to get the garden plan for this coming spring nailed down. Each time something comes up and the scattered
mess project has to be gathered up and shelved for another time.
Making sure I have a good rotation of crops each year is vital for our garden soil and the nutritional needs of the various plants so that in itself takes a bit of shuffling before all is to my liking. I still have time to get this done, but I always feel better if it's completed before time to start seeds inside.
And the way times goes by, that will be here before we know it. Right now, I need to go resupply the wood rack in the living room and the one in the kitchen. Milder weather, yes, but still a need to keep the home fires burning.