I'm starting this post on Saturday, but plan to continue writing on it Sunday and Monday too. It's too cold outside to venture out, so DH is watching soccer while I work on some quilted pillow covers for my cousin in New Orleans' new sofa. I've finished piecing 3 of the 4 sides for 2 pillows and will start on adding the batting next.
The temps are in the 30's, but are supposed to go down to the teens and 20's for the next few days. I know this is not that awful for those of you up North who are really feeling the arctic freeze, but it's way too cold for us. DH says that when he ran off to the store this morning to pick up a few things, it was bedlam there... with people scrounging for things like we were in for a winter siege. I don't imagine it will last long - as it usually doesn't. As long as we have coffee, hot soup, and a fireplace, I'm good.
If I get tired of quilting, there's always clay projects. I need to refill my stock of Cheeky Chickens and of course play around with the new computer to get familiar with Windows 10 and all the other things it does. DH set up the new Epson printer... so we can print again!
|Ghost lying by Aga|
|Julie and Tux|
The inside cats are comfy either lying by the Aga or on our bed... at the moment.
The new computer has a stylus... or pen to write on the screen. I've been practicing how to use it - although the main reason I wanted it was to proof my writing right on the screen and not have to print it out first. Anyway, so far this is all I've done...
|I gave our grand daughter mouse ears and whiskers!|
It's now Sunday and DH and I just had some home-made eggnog with just a touch of bourbon to toast in the New Year... (that is still 3-4 hours away, but it's obvious that I'll never stay awake until the ball comes down). I use my mother-in-law's old recipe for eggnog and we both love it.
Took a quick pick before we drank it...
by the fire...
It's now Monday morning, January 1, 2018... (rabbit, rabbit rabbit! white rabbit!) It's 14 degrees F here this morning. We had 5 ferals squeezed together into the covered blanketed catbox on the front porch last night and DH opened the garage about a foot so they could use that as shelter also.
Happy 2018 to Everyone!
Cats certainly know how to do winter!ReplyDelete
I have to say "boohoo for you" since it is minus 11 degrees here this morning. But I do know how you feel because I can easily get in the Florida mode where temperatures dipping below 60 send e shivering. Actually I find it easier to get out in VT because I am prepared with layers and layers of silks and woolies and will probably go out for a x country ski later.
Oh Olga, 11 is just too low. We were actually at 14 this morning. And you are right about 'being prepared' which we think we are, but aren't. But after going to Alaska I have learned about 'layering'. The feral cats were certainly layered in the catbox last night,Delete
White rabbit to you, too, and a happy new year. Your cushion covers are looking good.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you and yours, Joanne! And I've finished piecing all 4 covers... just need to start adding the batting so I can quilt.Delete
Goodness, that is very cold for you. The ferals are smart to huddle up.ReplyDelete
We're finally to get a bit of a warm-up here tomorrow. By the afternoon we'll be at a balmy -8C (17.6F) which after days of -30C will feel lovely. I'm so over winter.
Your New Year's evening looks lovely by the fireplace. Happy New Year to you, and your family, and all the best in 2018!
Thanks, Eileen. I can't even imagine how cold it must be where you live. Hope you can stay inside and keep warm. Wishing you a wonderful safe happy 2018!Delete
Happy New Year! 14F is pretty cold, that's minus 10C. Our wind chill factor this AM was minus 37C, which is about minus 35F (almost the same). Insanely cold. Record-setting cold in Dec and now Jan 1, even for us. At least all cats seem to know how to cope! Derry was lying on one of the floor heating vents all morning. I'm glad your ferals have shelter!ReplyDelete
Anyway, have a wonderful New Year's Day and I hope 2018 brings an abundance of good health, laughter, fun and happiness!
Kim, you do have some insane cold! I'm guessing you know how to handle it since you go off to work, etc. in it. I would be huddled up by fireplace or somewhere warm for the entire winter.Delete
And I hope you stay inside and enjoy your New Year's Day... warm and safe with Nikki and Derry. And I wish you a wonderful 2018!
I love hearing about how your ferals are so well cared for by you and DH. It warms my heart as well as the little furballs. :-)ReplyDelete
Well, it's only supposed to get down to 19 tonight, but we've put our another cat bed on the front porch so perhaps 5 don't have to climb in together - although guessing that all that togetherness is warm. The mama and her newly found kitten have moved into the garage.Delete
I've blocked the cat door because the windchill puts it below 0 here; Barney isn't happy, this is the coldest it's ever been since we've been here; that eggnog looks wonderful never made homemade, dh doesn't like it so I buy it once a year in a small container at the holidays. Glad the feral cats have each other to keep warmReplyDelete
I think blocking the cat door is a good idea as Barney needs to stay in with this weather. And the home-made eggnog is my favorite, but the kind at the grocery stores is good too.Delete
Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
I just bought a laptop with Windows 10 and I'm learning how to use its features. I'm used to Windows 7. It had more "free" features that you have to pay for on Windows 10. I guess I'll have to take the good with the bad.
I think there's a black feral cat way back near the tall grass. Maybe it's just a house cat enjoying a hunt.
Good luck with Windows 10, John. We went from Vista to Windows 10 and it's taking a bit of learning, but we're getting there. It's good for our minds to learn new things, right? Happy New Year!Delete
That is the most delicious looking eggnog!! I was hoping someone would ask you for the recipe, but since no one did...Is it a secret? Would you share it? I would love to know how to make it. Your table by the fire is beautiful. I love your kitty cats and that Ghost looks a lot like our Smokey. We have freezing weather here too. It's awful. Never got above freezing today. Keeps me busy thawing the animal's water. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Yes, our animals' water is frozen too. But we put some out in the garage where it isn't quite as cold. It's not supposed to get above freezing until Wednesday afternoon here. As for the eggnog, I have had a few requests, so of course I'll be glad to share the recipe. It was my Mother-in-law's and is really very simple. I will put it on Facebook and on my next post here.Delete
nothing like a warm fire to keep toasty warm & cozy!ReplyDelete
i envy your cold weather atm, it's so muggy we can barely breath! though the temps aren't that high, the humidity is! yuk! the cats look for the coolest places around, Rita has disappeared under the house & Poppet is passed out on the floor behind me, old BJ is on the floor in the craft room.
love how you look after the ferals, bet they appreciated the warm garage!
thanx for sharing
I had to check where you hail from, Selina, as I couldn't imagine where it was *warm* right now. Australia... yes, you should be warm now. I have to tell you that I originally hail from New Orleans, La. where there is beaucoup humidity - and I miss it. I found it very relaxing.Delete
Dear Rian, how grateful the "ferals" must have been for your thoughtfulness and for the warmth. Here in Missouri we seldom have really cold weather, but this arctic blast has come down all the way to southern Missouri and it truly is cold.ReplyDelete
I love eggnog but have had none this holiday season because I failed to buy some for myself and now that I no longer drive, I can't go to the store and pick it up! Asking others to pick up what I've forgotten is hard for me to do. But I did have my favorite cake--fruitcake. A friend sends me two small ones each Christmas and I just relish them!
May your health be good this year and may your deepest heart-wish manifest itself in your life. Peace.
Dee, we had a dear friend who used to make DH a small fruitcake every Christmas too. She passed away a few years ago. I miss her very much as she was a good friend, and although I'm not fond of fruitcake, I know DH misses her kindness. Perhaps you can use the recipe I just posted to make your own eggnog. I think you would like it.Delete
Wishing you a healthy happy 2018!
Dear Rian, I will use your recipe. I'm thinking it's probably "yummy!!!!" Thanks for it. Peace.Delete