Friday, February 22, 2013

Snowy day









Yesterday morning we woke up to find that it had snowed in the night. There was a good chance of snow in the forecast but it was still a bit surprising. We had two to three inches of snow, which is a fair amount for us.

The LB's school was on a two-hour delay and the GB's class was cancelled altogether, as she is in the morning session at her preschool. Even the Bear had a delayed start to his workday. We spent the long morning at home together. Then it was just the three of us until it was time to drive the LB to school.

While they stayed warm indoors, I went out to the front yard to take pictures of the snow. We have done a bit of landscaping work in the front yard over the past few months and I've been enjoying the newly open feel and neater appearance of our plants. Most of our property is xeriscaped, to be desert-friendly. I love our plants; we have jasmine, rosemary, lavender, sage, yarrow, yucca and junipers, among others. They're pretty to look at but many of them also smell wonderful, especially when they are wet.

The snow was already beginning to melt on pavements and other hard surfaces, including the stones in our courtyard and the path and stairs down to the street. The brick edgings of the yard were also exposed by then. But snow remained on the plants and on our decorative chile pepper ristra by the front door. It was a beautiful snowfall. It was mostly melted by the afternoon and it provided plenty of much-needed moisture. The gutters in the street, the canales on our roof and the arroyo behind us were all flowing with water by late afternoon, and that continues today, thankfully.

Back indoors, I joined my small Bears for a little bit of play before it was time to leave. They were in our home office, building a tent out of blankets spread over their kid-sized table and chairs set.


The blankets they used are crocheted. The big striped one was made by the Bear's grandmother when he was child; he slept with it on his bed for years. The little red one was made by my mother-in-law for the GB, a couple of years ago. It's done in a very interesting pineapple motif. She says it was very easy but I'm a little skeptical. The item on the floor to the right of the tent is a woven poncho belonging to the Bear, also made by his mother. The Bear's family is filled with very talented women.

My contribution to the tent is the little pastel-colored blanket seen below; I crocheted it when I was pregnant with the LB and my skills were minimal. I was allowed a brief look inside the tent when the small Bears were otherwise occupied. Look who was inside...


It's a lobster and a tropical fish. You can also see just a bit of the green trout behind them. There was also a crab, not visible in this photo. Perhaps this was a camping excursion to a maritime area.

I had a little time for my own pursuits too. I'm still working on the granny afghan of yore; I spent some time this week winding my large skeins of yarn into balls which fit into my yarn bag instead of continuing to lug a giant plastic shopping bag around the house with me as I work. I was successful. The yarn now resides in my crocheted Lucy bag and it's a lot easier to move around.


It was an unexpectedly long morning at home but it was cozy. The snow is nearly gone today but it's still cold and windy out. The Bear is home because it's his day off. Homemade pizza is planned for our dinner. And yarny time in the very near future for me.

12 comments:

  1. I love how snow days give you permission to stay in and be cosy. We've had little flurries of snow here but nothing has settled. It's so cold though! I like your Lucy yarn bag very much. x

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    1. I know just what you mean! I even had hot chocolate last night, I just felt so homey and cozy all day long. Thank you for the compliment on my bag. It was one of the first things I made when I discovered Lucy's blog; it was easy and quick to make and I get a lot of comments on it whenever I take it somewhere with me.

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  2. Hi Jennifer,
    We had a snow day today. And we will probably have one on Monday too, if the weather men are correct. I love your Lucy bag, that was the reason I first went to Lucy's blog. We are also having homemade pizza for dinner. Our menu has been similar all week.
    I went to Hobby Lobby today, we have almost no I Love This Yarn. No Dark Country Blue. I searched every blue skein they had. Some time in the next two weeks the suppliers will fill the shelves with the new I Love This Yarn. I hope the colors are the same, with some new ones too. Have a great weekend with your sweet little bears. XOXO

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    1. Hi Kashi, we have a lot in common, don't we? :) Thank you sooo much for checking on the yarn, I really appreciate it. I had no idea they planned to restock with the new yarn so soon; my local store seemed not to know when or what would happen with the ILTY, if anything. Thank you again, you have a great weekend too. :)

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  3. Hi Jennifer,

    So funny how 3 inches of snow has such different effect on different parts of the country. In Illinois where we got the same amount at the same time as you did it was a non event! I am sure it was like this for you in New York too. It looked really pretty on the chile peppers. Homemade pizza and time with the family sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Softie! I know, isn't it funny? The part of NY we lived in before coming here was very snowy. We lived near Lake Ontario and got tons of lake-effect snow. An average winter was over 140 inches! A foot of snow in a day was normal and nobody batted an eyelash. Here, things really shut down for a few inches! I love the way it looks on the peppers; I just bought that ristra this fall, to replace one which was a few years old. I splurged on a longer one than I usually buy, but I just love the colors. I hope you're having a great weekend too. :)

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    2. Yep that is exactly what I meant! I knew you would understand. Now 12 inches in a day that is a lot. We get that only occasionally. It depends when it happens if it will call off school or not. If it is in time to get the streets plowed then nope the kids will have to go in but if not then it is usually a snow day. Here that is not as common of an occurrence as in that area by Lake Ontario. I think the larger ristra was worth your splurge. It is so pretty. :)

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    3. It was a lot of snow but you got used to it. Here, though...what a mess. As far as I know, this city only has two snow plows. For a city with nearly a million people in it! Craziness.

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  4. Lovely photos, you got a lot of snow too. Your planting sounds perfect, I love scented plants.
    Great den. Lucy bags are brilliant for projects!
    Thank you for my birthday wishes.
    Carol xx

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  5. Love your Lucy Bag! I've yet to make myself one but I've made one as a gift.

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    1. Thank you, darkrose! They're really fun to make. I'm thinking about making another one in a different fiber; this one is cotton and it's getting a little floppy.

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