Here in my part of Minnesota we have been patiently awaiting snow. Eagerly, really, as we only had about 20 inches over all of last winter, when 60+ is typical. Add to that the fact that we remain on drought status for most of the state, and we NEED snow to help keep things growing next year.
It came overnight. That amazing quiet of a snowy night, the new blanket of white muffling all sounds. No wind, just lots of snow. That wonderful brightness of a dark snowy night, making the world look magical. I woke up to four inches of it this morning, shimmering like glitter, the neighborhood disappearing in a veritable fog of snowflakes falling. As evening approaches we are near 12 inches, and it is still snowing. It is beautiful, piling up high on the branches and cars, clinging to the draped branches of the evergreens. My son and I have been shoveling off and on, between football plays of course. The neighbor’s kids are out with sleds on the front hill, laughing excitedly. The first snow is always lovely—once you are home from your first snowy commute of the year! Glad this was on a weekend.
Tonight the snow will stop, the wind will rise, and the temperatures will fall to nearly zero. In our part of the world we call this an Alberta Clipper, as the jet streams brings us this Canadian express of nasty wind-chills and crisp (but pretty) days. After most heavy snows, we know it is coming.
Last night found me outside putting up our Christmas lights before the snow came. And now, with billowing piles of snow around, my holiday spirit has finally been kindled.
Until I realize that there are only 16 days before Christmas. Oh dear. Panic button time! I am NOT ready. Even though I am not sewing much for the holidays, the list of things to do is awesome, and probably very unrealistic. This, of course, is something most quilters understand. We have laughed about it before, notably in my epic “Mad Quilter’s Ball” parody of “The Night Before Christmas”. If you missed that November 2010 offering, or just want a repeat chuckle, do hop over to Attention Quilters: Your ‘To-Do’ Lists are Giving me Nightmares and enjoy the tale.
I have been sorely neglecting you, my readers, and I apologize. The snow made for cancelled sewing classes, which gave me the afternoon to putz around the house and shift gears. After four years of three part-time gigs, going back to a full-time job is a blessing, but a challenge too. I really like my new job, and the people I work with. Late November found me on the All Staff National Retreat, which meant a trip to New Mexico. A lovely place to go, with activities to balance the long days of meetings and task forces. At the end of the retreat, we all took to the skies in hot air balloons! What an amazing thing, on the 4th week of a new job.
Now I am in the process of working my last commitments to teaching sewing and quilting classes, and then I hope life settles in to a simpler routine. Last week I got a flu bug, which didn’t help. But that is behind me now. Before you know it, we will be wishing people a Happy New Year!
Is it too early for a resolution? I resolve to SEW more next year. I love the swaps, but my sewing time has been very limited because of them. (Never fear, the will be at least one swap next year, maybe two. Definitely not four, though.) I have quilts to finish, a pile of mending, and some fabric for some new work clothes. I intend to sew a lot this coming year.
But tonight, I will enjoy the snowy scenes outside. I will listen to Christmas music. Then I will snuggle in under my favorite flannel quilt and watch a holiday movie. Getting to work tomorrow may involve an icy adventure, but tonight the snow has created that marvelous sense of peaceful home life that we all value. Did I mention that my son is busy cooking dinner? How lovely.