My January has been a busy one, with multiple classes, work, and social events keeping me busy and engaged all month long. It’s been a great start to the year, and though I’m looking forward to things slowing down a bit (I have next weekend “off” yay!), it’s also been an invigorating, “grab the bull by the horns” kind of start to the year. I had an astrology reading today by my favorite astrologer, Pam of NorthPoint Astrology, and the reading was one that had the little hairs sticking up, with so many things aligning with my exact experiences for the past few months. And the rest of the year sounds just as exciting. Wee!
Adding to the month’s eventfulness was the “great Seattle snowstorm of 2012.” It was a nice accumulation of snow over the period of a full week, and brought plenty of weather-related issues. It started on Saturday the 14th (an inch or so), and continued through Thursday the 19th, on and off, for a total accumulation of about a foot (at my location). Monday and Tuesday were full of dire predictions, but the roads were mostly passable. By Wednesday (the main dumping) though, the roads were a mess and I stayed home that day. It was a nice break from routine and I had fun playing in the snow with the dogs, and sledding down the pasture hillside on a large piece of cardboard. This was too much for Daisy, and she tugged at it, barking wildly, each time I slid down the hill. After several trips down the hill (and going ass over teakettle a couple of times for some snow up my shirt – eep!), she finally got it away from me completely and dragged it off to shred with obvious relish. I tried again the next day with a new piece of cardboard, and the same end result. She had fun and so did I. It snowed pretty much all day Thursday and with some freezing rain it was another bad travel day, with the governor declaring a state of emergency. Friday brought relief with some rain and warmer temps, but for me it also brought a power outage as trees began to fall under the weight of the wet snow and ice. I was lucky in that my power was only out for 22 hours—many people lost power earlier in the week, when it was really cold, and for several days not hours—but the last 5 hours were miserable with boredom (no lights) and it was a wee bit chilly by then too (49 degrees in the house when the power came back on). I’ve been meaning to get a generator, and would love to install a wood stove (though I can’t figure out where – there’s simply no room in this little place) and of course this all came to the fore during this short outage. It’s something I need to consider (the generator), especially as a longer outage could seriously impact my water supply (well pump). So it’s still on my list. I managed to get out on Saturday, and made it to my scheduled “Big Felt” felting class (same instructor as last month’s felt scarf sampler class). It was good to get out, and I had a great time making a large piece of felt with my table partner. We cut the piece in half at the end – she kept the half she created and I kept the half I created. It was about two feet by four feet (so we each got a two by two piece) and gave me a lot of ideas for things I can make with my own sheep’s wool. Now to find the time.