Yesterday, I got the majority of the materials I had planned to get to start the first part of building the recessed area in my craft room. Unfortunately, the store we went to didn’t have enough of one of the boards I needed, so I’m off to a different store today to get the rest. Grateful to every lucky star out there that the pieces they were short on weren’t the pieces we had to rent a truck to haul home.
I’m still waiting on one thing I ordered before I can actually get started, but that should be here in the next day or so. The waiting part sucks, but I’m getting there.
I don’t think this qualifies as an icicle. Whatever it technically is, it is kind of pretty. Definitely interesting.
Under normal circumstances, there isn’t any glass in this house that manages to form ice crystals. Mostly because everything is well insulated and the indoor temps are just too much for the ice to overcome.
Apparently that isn’t the case today with our front glass storm door.
I think it must be in part because Hubby was in and out of that door last night causing it to fog up when he was going to shovel the driveway and it just never got warmed back up after that. Whatever it was, when I went to open it this morning to look out front, there was no seeing out front. Just seeing an iced over door with a load of really pretty ice crystals clustering at the bottom.
Considering the thermometer was registering -9 this morning, it really isn’t all that surprising. Thankfully, we have finally broken back into the positive digits for the first time in more than 24 hours.
So far, we’ve been really lucky and haven’t been hit by any of the rolling blackouts that were a potential around here. I have a friend in another state that got hit by one that was only supposed to last maybe 30 minutes and was without power for over 2 hours and ended up with a frozen water pipe. And that was only one of the MANY times she ended up without power yesterday.
Our downtown voluntarily went dark for the night and almost every school in the area is closed today, even for virtual, both because of the weather and in an effort to not put a strain on the power grid. It’s kind of wild what’s going on right now.
I hope you all are staying in, staying safe, and staying warm where it is cold!
Of all the photos I got the other day, this is probably one of the best at the almost fully frozen stage. Almost all of the ones I took started to get too blurry by that point because of the transparency of the bubbles and the angle I was at.
I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing all the different types of patterning that these display.
We got a nice thin layer of snow overnight and the raindrops still clinging to the trees froze. Of course I had to sneak out really quickly before I got started painting today. The little arch of snow in this made me think of how ants can create these amazing bridges and lines just by standing on each other.
With all my time an energy focused on working on my craft room, I haven’t had time, and probably won’t for a while, for any photography lately. That and winter is being stubbornly uncooperative this year in giving me much to work with outside of a small burst here and there. What pretties I have to share will have to be older ones for a little while longer.
Today I’ll be working on doing some clean up in the new space (SO much drywall dust!!) and making an attempt to close of the section under the lower landing on the stairs from the cat room.
Of course, I’ve gotten so used to the cats being shut in a room during the day, I didn’t even think when I went to check progress yesterday and left the basement door open. And also of course, our introverted kitty snuck down and immediately wiggled her way into that space and hid.
Everyone attempted to coax her out, but she refused, so we had to leave the basement door open, hoping she would eventually come out to eat or use the litter box that is still in another room. It took several hours, but she finally came back upstairs. Now I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
The closer this gets to being done, the more antsy I get to start working on something creative. It is kind of driving me nuts at the moment. I know that doing all the parts I need to do – the painting, floor, and cabinets – is going to help with that, but I don’t think it is going to soothe it enough. Even more so now that I have stuff to go in that space, like my amazing new speakers for my computer that Hubby got me for my birthday.
I’m seriously considering taking them down there while I work today, just because. That and neither one of the kids have classes today so I won’t get scolded for turning it up too loud!
Yesterday saw nearly all of the rest of the wiring put in. There are still a few things left to run, but it is all so close to being done. There is a chance the electrician will show today to get it all hooked up, but it might be tomorrow. It is so close to being ready for inspection.
The frozen fog yesterday was absolutely stunning. I was very limited on my time because by the time I got my camera and got out there, the wind was picking up and starting to knock all the spikes off of everything. At one point, it looked like it was snowing with how much was falling. I did manage to get in quite a few really good shots, so it was a successful little outing.
I was beginning to think that I was going to get a shot at two days of frozen fog to take photos of, but even though we had fog again last night, it wasn’t quite cold enough to freeze it and coat everything this morning.
That’s probably a good thing since we are back to having contractors working on my craft room today. The main guy from the original crew is here, but he’s by himself. He also wasn’t aware that the main guy told us that he’d be the one running the wiring. So… yeah. I’m ready to be done with that part of this project. The upside is that he will most likely be done with the remaining framing today.
At least I got some pretty pictures!
Today is our annual movie, games, and great foods day. It looks like we will also be ringing in the new year with a lovely winter storm. Depending on how it tracks, we will either get more ice and yuck or we will get upwards of 6 inches of snow, so it could be interesting and a very different kind of NYE entertainment.
Hoping you all have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve tonight! I invite you to join me in flipping this year the bird on its way out the door. May next year be kinder to all of us.
We didn’t completely melt off last night. What is still there is getting taken care of by this morning’s sun. Sadly, I don’t think that melt is going to last as we have another round of, again, not just snow, but ice and sleet headed our way. I’m so glad we don’t have to get out any time soon.
Was I just complaining about not getting any winter weather? I really just meant snow. At least this ice won’t get to hang around for too long as we are warming up throughout the day.
I’m still battling this nasty cold thing. I just can’t seem to really shake it. It is still clinging pretty hard to BG as well though I don’t think it is kicking her butt like it is me. I really thought I’d caught a glimpse of the back end of it and had felt better, for all of a day, but slid back hard the next day.
I haven’t gotten anything at all done because of it. Getting out for the maybe 10 minutes I did to get a couple of not great shots (this one is the best) wiped out whatever energy I had. I really think I’m already ready for winter to be over and we haven’t even gotten a decent snow. Only because I know that spring will kick all of this nastiness out the door until next winter.
It’s incredibly hard to believe that we STILL haven’t seen any of this kind of thing this year. No snow. Only a few sprinkles of rain, so almost zero moisture of any kind. We are just now really feeling any cold and it decided to go WAY cold as we are only in the teens this morning. Such weird weather.
We got ice yesterday. Enough to coat everything for most of the day. Sadly, that means many of my spring flowers are going to be done. The hyacinths were already almost there, but the daffodils were still going strong and one was yet to open. We froze bad enough, I have no clue if that one will pull through or not. Same goes for my single tulip.
I’m more worried about my choke cherry tree, though. It had just started putting on buds. It is going to be so sad if it doesn’t bloom this year. Or worse, that the freeze was hard enough to kill it. I don’t think it was, but it seems like the bushes and trees in my yard already struggle to thrive in our horrible clay.
I did get some really amazing photos, but it still makes me sad to have all that color go away more quickly than it should have.
I am hopefully wrapping up my work on a graphics project sometime today and will have the amazing finished project to share soon. I’m really excited about what I’ve been working on and that I got the chance to do it.
I had honestly thought that things wouldn’t really start getting crazy around here until at least next month, but things have popped up and seem to be just cramming themselves into my schedule. I’m going to be a giddy mess in a few weeks if things work out because I’ll get to take BG to see Swan Lake performed. I have never seen it and thought it would be a perfect time since their pointe performance this year is to one of the songs from Swan Lake. I’m just waiting on confirmation from her dance friend’s mom that they are going with us.
I also have MC’s scholarship awards ceremony coming up in a few weeks. I’ve shuffled things and made arrangements so I actually get to go. There was a conflict with dance, but our dance friend will be taking BG to class for me that night so I can see MC being rewarded for all of his hard work and determination.
I may complain left and right about feeling like crap with this stupid cough, but… when I stop and look at all that is going on and what my kids are doing, the amazing guy I pulled on all the lucky stars to get, I’m one seriously happy girl and I’m surrounded by some incredible people that keep the joy flowing all around.
We started the day with negative wind chills and me on edge because it was the first time MC ever really drove on anything that wasn’t just wet. The roads weren’t horrible, but there were still patches of snow and some ice here and there, so I was kind of a wreck until I got his text that they made it to school.
I’m very much deep into hermit mode right now. It is kind of a downside to being a SAHM, at least for me. Outside of getting BG to dance, there aren’t a whole lot of things that I HAVE to get done. When it is bitter cold and dreary and I’m still feeling cruddy, it is way too easy to opt to just stay bundled in some blankets with a book. I haven’t even felt like writing a review I’m so deep into that mode. I love that I can do this when I need to, but I hate that it is so easy to do outside of those need to times. I feel like such a slug.
One of the few things I’ve gotten the energy to do (mostly because it is one of those things that really needed to get done) was update my calendar with all the upcoming events, mostly the latest rehearsal schedule for BG. All of these don’t start until April, but with this year being so different for her, it is the first time I’ve seen how much extra time the girls that assist have to spend at the studio when it gets closer to recital time. My four days a week at the studio is going to explode into almost every single day. There are a few times that her entire Saturday is going to be spent at the studio. When I say her entire day, I mean from something like 3 until almost 10pm. If Saturday had been one of her assist days or she was a ballet assistant (only juniors and seniors, so maybe next year), it would have been even longer.
When BG and MC were talking about snow days and how they would impact the last day of school and BG’s recital dates, the topic of MC’s graduation came up. I had a moment of panic that I hadn’t put that date on my calendar yet and thought there would be a conflict with one of those rehearsals. Turns out that is one of the very few days I have on my calendar that didn’t have BG at the studio. Such a relief!
I knew this was going to be kind of a crazy year, but I had no idea that I was barely going to have a moment to breath this coming spring. Maybe I shouldn’t feel so bad about taking this time to be a hermit.