As I write, we're about 4 hours (and 4 inches) into a nice proper snowstorm.  (The picture was taken yesterday when the porch was free of snow.  At the moment, it's rather a lot more snow-covered out there, and I feel no obligation at all to go out and document it for you.  You'll have to use your imaginations instead.)  I'll be alright though, as I have a lovely and hugely warm new hat.  See? That, plus a bit of work on The Boy's sock, was all my knitting over the birthday/holiday weekend.  The rest of the time was spent [...]

December 26, 2012|

Not Quite

You'll recall that this whole star thing started as a way to make it snow.  It still hasn't worked, but apparently my furnace heard about my concerns and wanted in on the act.  So last night, when it was just the tiniest bit nippy outside (even if it wasn't snowing) he stopped working.  Well not quite, he kept blowing air, he just stopped heating that air before blowing it on me.  Very refreshing. I responded with stoicism and wool.   And another star. My office windows are now full, so it's likely time to stop.  I'm sure the snow will arrive [...]

December 7, 2012|

Easily Amused

Huh, ok, you guys like the stars.  Honestly, I'm a little surprised.  I find it ever so slightly shameful that I like them (they're paper...folded paper...there should be fairly low amusement value here).  I'm downright shocked that you guys do.  I was expecting some folded arms and foot tapping and a little gentle prod back in the direction of the yarn. But who am I to argue?  The first round of stars didn't do it (no snow yet), so now I've added a yellow one to the mix.  It might be my favorite so far.  I've got one more window [...]

December 6, 2012|

My Misspent Youth

Earlier this week, I opened the windows in my house.  Yesterday, I went to the grocery store wearing sandals.  Something has to be done.  It's December, it's Ohio, it should not be in the 60s.  I need to make it snow.  This is traditionally done by hanging either straw stars or paper stars in the windows. Now, let me back up.  I'm not sure either of these things is a very traditional holiday craft in the States.  But I grew up in Germany, and making both of these was always part of the season.  The straw stars make a huge [...]

December 5, 2012|

Getting Old

I'm apparently reaching the stage of crotchety-old-man-hood characterized by the liberal use of the phrase 'when I was a kid...'  I'm actually fairly comfortable with this, but I do find it amusing. Trick or treat was...anti-climactic.  We had somewhere around two dozen kids or groups of kids over the course of two hours. I feel like we've had more in previous years and that they were more polite in the past.  I get cranky when the kids don't participate in the ritual...I want to see a costume, I want to hear 'trick or treat' (super duper bonus points if they're [...]

November 1, 2011|
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