What happened to February? It is hard to believe my last post was a whole month ago! Much has happened since then yet not much has happened either for either I have been working as a substitute teacher for three to four days out of the week or I have been sick with a sinus infection. Here in Alabama we have been having very mild days for February with the temperatures going up into the mid-70’s. This is a mixed blessing as the warm weather is followed by a cold front and for us that means very stormy weather. This afternoon around 1:30 there was a tornado watch and all the students and teachers had to go into the hall and wait. My 14-year-old daughter was in another part of the school from where I was and I wanted her with me!
The trees have budded out and surely Spring cannot be far away! The forsythia bushes, or yellow bells my husband calls them, are blooming and clumps of buttercups dot the roadsides and fields. The Eastern Blue birds are flying about and the mockingbird is singing its heart out from the tops of trees and rooftops. And my black cat, Monkee, is beginning to spend more time out-of-doors than in. It was nice having her around even though she’s not the most lovable cat. It’s Coco who is like melted butter when you pick him up and he does a purr-chirp sound. I’m trying to type this with him now on my shoulder, which is his favorite place.
- What I call the Tuck and Curl position.
February is not totally a memory. I have been working on three projects and just finished one this afternoon. Earlier in the month when it was so cold I started knitting a pair of gloves. Nothing fancy or elaborate just plain and simple to keep my hands warm. I started out with the idea of knitting half-fingered gloves but when I started working on the fingers I decided to knit the whole finger. My hands and fingers are long and have never had gloves long enough but now I do! Since there is no design, they can be worn on either hand. They would not win any prizes and I think one glove is slightly larger than the other. I did not follow any specific pattern but read several glove and mitt patterns and came up with my own. Now I’m wondering if I will have to wait until December to wear them? And Coco has shifted down to my chest and his head is under my chin.
If the powers-that-be who predict weather for North Alabama, (yeah, we think we’re different from the rest of the state) are correct, we are in for some Biiiiigg snow. Inches of the powdery, white stuff falling from the sky Sunday night that may transition to sleet or freezing rain by Monday night. The school system has already used up its ‘weather days’ and any additional days out of school will have to be made up at the end of the year. The seniors could be graduating in June instead of May. I don’t mind as I enjoy having my daughter around. And if she gets too bored, she can download a book onto her Christmas Kindle. Besides the fact that the books are cheaper, you can get a new one to read when you’re miles from a decent bookstore or can’t get to said bookstore. Incredibly I haven’t really looked at her Kindle and played with it or asked her to show me all its bells and whistles. I think the opportunity is coming. Soon.
All the pets are inside tonight, with the temperature falling into the low 20’s, including the neighbor’s Bassett hound. She has a floor pillow she sleeps on that’s next to the front door. I have plenty of dog food, cat food, cat litter and milk. Only Child said that she knows where she stands in the household hierarchy after reading this list. Humph! She knows very well where she stands….at the top! At least I did not add new yarn and needles to that list.
Tomorrow afternoon, while waiting for the snow, I’m going to identify my circular needle sizes and set up my Namaste case that I received for Christmas from Only Child. I love the color she picked out! I want to knit a cowl and that will require circular needles. I’d like to have them in their new nest ready for me to go straight to the slot where that particular size is and pull it out without having to measure half of the ones I think might be the correct size. And that, my dear friend, will be wonderful.
According to The Weather Channel it’s 18 degrees F. outside with a wind chill of 8 degrees F. School was cancelled for today due to the weather, which is a good thing for my daughter because she was sick with a high fever yesterday morning. By last night it was under 100 degrees F. So she gets a ‘free’ day to sleep in.
And I’m frogging a mitten I knitted for my daughter but it was way too big. I had made the mistake of using needles recommended on the ball band instead of what was listed on the pattern. That’s the last time I ever do that. What a waste of time, even if it is “occupational therapy.” Thankfully it’s a quick knit and I expect to have one finished by tonight. Instead of working on it last night I was finishing a cap she had started for a friend but didn’t want to finish. She asked me to finish it for her. I told her I would but it meant she wouldn’t get her mitts worked on. So that’s done and out of the way. I need to be knitting an afghan so I can cover my knees. Even with two layers, they’re cold. I just let in my neighbor’s Basset Hound to spend the morning. She stayed inside with us last night. She gets on the dog bed and doesn’t budge. Which makes the cats happy. I’m not sure her owners do much for her in this weather.