Friday, February 26, 2010

Snow, snow, snow

Monday was a lovely day. It finally was above freezing and the sun actually shone in the morning. We based at 38 degrees. It started snowing on Tuesday. By Wednesday, we had nearly 2 feet of snow (on top of what was already on the ground). A new storm came through Thursday - although we couldn't tell the difference between storm 1 and storm 2. By Friday morning, we had 5 feet of snow. Heavy, wet snow! And it is still snowing. They say another foot by tomorrow morning.

Remember, my poor husband had that terrible accident with the table saw and lost part of two fingers and mangled a third finger badly. He is unable to use his left hand for now. Besides, the snow is so moisture-laden and heavy, a snowblower wouldn't go through. So, out came the Kubota, which he can operate with right hand only. Then, my son, Zach, (Thanks Kid!!) used the snowblower to get the close up work. You can see the blueness in snow, which is indicative of the moisture.
This is the back of the house. I had to walk up the road a bit to get this shot. We have a standing seam steel roof that's just 1 1/2 years old. Thank goodness. The snow slides off and the weight doesn't build up on the roof. Here you can see how the snow has slid off and it has snowed so much, that our kitchen windows are completely covered. The snow can't slide any more.

Here's what our driveway looked like this morning. Those are 7 foot banks. You can see the bump on the left and the bump on the right, our vehicles.

There is a serene beauty about winter and snow. It's majestic and awe-inspiring - as long as you don't have to drive in it. And the quiet that settles over the land after a fresh snowfall is magical. But, I am sorta Jonesing for spring and something green!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

An Adventure in Crazy Quilting

Do you crazy quilt? Do you enjoy stitching with silks, velvets and beads? You MUST come to An Adventure in Crazy Quilting in Glastonbury, CT in April of next year. I will be teaching, along with colleagues Sharon Boggon from Australia and Allie Aller from Washington state. Hostesses, Maureen Greeson and Susan Elliott, are forces of nature (and phenomenal stitchers) and already have details in place. Don't hesitate, people are signing up already and the conference is limited to 60 people!!

Also, I will be in Branson, MO this August teaching at a quilt retreat. And will be teaching several classes in Chicago and Milwaukee in September. More details to follow.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Healing Thoughts for my Husband

On Saturday, my husband, Dan, was constructing a mobile chicken coop (one that he could move with the Kubota). Some wood kicked and his left hand was dragged into the table saw blade. Very bad. Three fingers have been severely damaged. A plastic surgeon performed emergency surgery, but amputation of a few joints had to be done. There are nerves and tendons severed and bones shattered and much muscle damage. His hand is casted and wrapped and he is off work until the appointment with the surgeon on Monday. Please say prayers and send healing thoughts for him. Thank you.