So the next two days
my hubby will be home with me!
I'm working right now on a pink baby quilt. It's made with the leftover squares from the quilt I posted yesterday. The pink blocks just didn't look right in the big "Winter in Wisconsin" quilt. So I arranged them into a small baby quilt or wall hanging or lap quilt. I have it all sandwiched together with batting and backing.... ready to start the stitching. This is what I will do the next few days.
I think I will put some little snowflakes or flowers in the larger blocks, and then still do regular quilted stippling in all the other areas. Maybe this evening I will load it up on the frame and get started?
I get Steve to peel me up a couple potatoes. I hate peeling potatoes so if he is around, he is conscripted into doing the job. I cut them up into chunks and put them in a pan with water and some chopped onions and shredded carrots. I add some of these dried vegetables from Piggly Wiggly. I just love these in soup.
Tastes like I simmered it all morning long and it really only took me about 15 minutes tops. I made enough that we can have some for lunch tomorrow as well.
This afternoon I finished off a pair of socks that I have been hand knitting on needles. I started them last week when Linda was visiting. They are thick wool knit with doubled yarn. A long time ago I learned how to knit two socks at the same time on one long circular needle. That way when I change the colors on the socks I change both at the same time and they come out identical.
I had made a matching hat a while ago,
and I have a scarf hanging with my coat in the back hall.
Got these socks done just in time for the cold cold weather!
p.s. he ate supper now at 5pm and is acting fine. Whew!
As a boring old person here talking about the good old days: we never knew about "wind chills" when I was a kid in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the 60s and the 70s. Well, at least the weathermen didn't talk about wind chills. If it was cold out, that didn't matter, we went to school anyhow.
(me on the left and friend Sherry Masonova on the right)
- We wore two layers of clothes under our thick snowmobile suits.
- We wore long johns or thick cable knit fuzzy leotards or "tights" under our jeans.
- We wore heavy snowmobile boots with thick felted wool liners and double woolen socks.
- We had double knit heavy hats underneath our hoods as well as face masks or multiple layers of a scarf wrapped around our neck and covering our face.
- Our hands were protected by thick leather choppers, which were sheepskin lined, along with an extra pair of mittens inside of those as well.
I remember a pair of yellow woolen mittens knit by my great-grandmother Anna Today that had a certain smell when they got wet. That wet wool smell gives me comfort to this day because it makes me think of those yellow mittens.
Cold didn't matter to us.....
(me driving and Shelly Sarafiny Losey and Lori Angus riding)
(brothers Randy driving, then Umpee, friend Jamie Angus and sister Linda Anderson on back)
Do you know what? As soon as school let out? We hopped on our snowmobiles or grabbed our sleds or ice skates while we enjoyed the weather outside.
We didn't have "wind chills" telling us when it was too cold.
If it was the weekend, we would load up the snowmobiles and go into the woods
traveling the trails and stopping to roast hot dogs over a fire.
I know the temps were below zero on these days,
but we didn't know about wind chills.
It was just a weekend family outing.
Winter in Wisconsin!