…add up, especially around Christmas!
This is the time of the year when I take the month off from the business end of teaching. I already talked about pot-lucks and studio tours on the agenda in my last post. When the wind blows the snow around the house and studio I have to fight with myself to get out for a walk. Yesterday was one of those days – thank goodness for my friend and neighbor. Her determination to stay fit is a great motivator to get me outside. We walked for an hour in -12 C weather with the wind blowing from the east. We were bundled up and focused on moving. Walking is the one option I have at the moment. Looks like we need more snow to make the lake ice smooth out for cross country skiing. You know it is bad when the snow mobiles are absent due to the uneven snow cover. At least it is nice and quiet, only the occasional high pitch of augers indicating the carving of another fishing hole into the ice disrupt the silence.
With a quiet Christmas ahead I am not fussing much this year. I have baked a few cookies, but since Colin and I will be the only ones eating them I better not combine more butter, sugar, eggs and flour.
In the past I began my knitting projects by the end of September. This year I just started. There have been so many “distractions” that I was lacking the motivation and time to pull out the wool basket and needles. It feels good to combine knit, purl and yarn overs while playing with color in the evenings.
Speaking of color: the achromatic palette in the landscape is dominating this winter. We are not used to gray sky on the prairies. Better weather is in the forecast and I can’t wait to see individual clouds on azure blue during the day and bright stars at night. Meteor showers are predicted for the early morning hours tomorrow – I have my camera ready but won’t get too excited yet.
What will your Christmas bring this year? Are you ready? And for those celebrating Hanukkah: Has this week been a time to gather with friends and family? Let me know what makes this time of the year so special. Share one custom or impression that makes this a time to remember. That is what the comment section is perfect for…