|'Tis the season!
I don't know what I'd do without my dry erase boards. As long as I remember to list what I need to make, I am relatively sure I will be able to focus on the task. Relatively. Since we got 10 inches of snow on Tuesday into Wednesday (a 'little' more than the two inches predicted - where do they come up with their forecasts? An Ouija Board?), I opted to take a snow day. Other than shoveling my little arms off and dishing out the birdseed, I managed to make a half gallon of yogurt:
|Have I mentioned how much I love
my Instant Pot? Now that I fixed it?
Almost all holiday gifts this year (and there are very few, thank goddess) are being handmade. I have narrowed my list to people who appreciate them and my family, who have no choice. Of course, my youngest sister has requested leg warmers and that kid has the longest legs in the family! I've already given my mother a wool shawl in vibrant colors to brighten up our never-sunny weather, and a pair of socks. I figure, since I refer to all gift knitting as 'seasonal' and not holiday, I can stretch the creation of same into February. Crafty, ain't I?
I'm going to mix up the dough for a couple of the cookies ahead of time and then bake the whole mess next Friday night and Saturday morning. The tree lighting is on the 8th, so I will try to remember to take pics - in the dark, hmmm.
Wednesday, when I was at the peak of morning shoveling, I heard a "kerthunk!" in the area of my sliding glass door. I hurried over and there was a tiny White Breasted Nuthatch on the deck, stunned. I gently picked him up and went to put him in a sheltered spot until he caught his breath. He wouldn't loosen his grip on my glove, so I ended up doing chores one-handed, while having a lovely, one-sided chat with the little bit of wonderfulness. It was totally enchanting. After ten minutes or so, he perked up, yet still sat on my hand for another ten minutes longer. I think it was because of the warmth of my gloved hand. Whatever the reason it was pure magic. He gave a little flutter, I lifted my hand in the air and off he went.
I have a lot to do this weekend - sauerkraut, applesauce, making and canning vegetable broth, mending a gate, more shoveling, etc., etc. I also need to pick up the ingredients for my famous Glog, a potent brew that will warm the cockles of your everything. It's going to be a weekend of lists and more lists. Much of my work will be inside because, well, they're predicting rain.
I mean...why not?