Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Solstice

Solstice arrived at 7:04 today to the cheers of many who thought that the sun was going away forever! There was no naked dancing (the traditional way to celebrate the return of the Light) nor were there presents. (Though I gave serious thought to wrapping up the ice scraper that was going in the Other Half's Christmas stocking).

That slight dip in the snow is the street. No, I don't believe the plows have been through yet.

Monty is getting a workout this week (with even more nastiness predicted for the coming week).

I figure that it's about 6 inches deep where he is standing. (I am not going out in my jammies to measure! Maybe later.)

The forecast is for "Snow...mixing with sleet and freezing rain. The precipitation will end early this afternoon. Total snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Highs in the lower to mid 30s. East winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming west 15 to 20 mph this afternoon. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent."

Well, they nailed that one!

My weather link promises improving conditions through the week. We're counting on it!

The weather doesn't faze those who don't have to go out (you know, to go to work and such).

My upcoming week is jam-packed with activities and Things I Must Accomplish. Friday's storm destroyed our Well Laid Plans for deliveries and pick-ups. I must get to a vendor to pay for soup (300 cases, why?) that was ordered, and on Tuesday I need to meet with a donor for a photo op (he wanted to do it Wednesday, but I talked him down off that ledge).

And look who turned up when I was digging for Christmas decor!

Daniel Brown Bear (named after Daniel Striped Tiger). Notice the resemblance?

He was my Best Bear from the time I was about 7 until I gave him to he was appropriated by Older Kid. Several repairs (a replacement right eye, stuffing augmentation) later, he "went missing" until very recently. He wears a shirt to cover the scars of a traumatic dryer accident back in the early 80s.

My plan is to make him a new sweater, to match one I am planning to knit for the Tiny Prince and pass him along to his Next Owner.

He's had a good 50+ years. May he have many more.
I love the idea of passing down Daniel Brown Bear with a new sweater. Gee, if I could find ANYTHING in the upstairs they call an attic, I might try to find my old Boopsy Bear and do the same thing with dgs#2, but I have a feeling THAT bear is going to remain "missing" a few more years.

I'm sure the coming week is going to be a busy one for you at work; good luck staying dry and unstuck!
I have made several of the Bear Sweaters at the Grandma on the Mountain site,
They are fun and easy if you love Aran sweaters like me! Merry Christmas!
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