I like winter. I know, a collective shudder goes through the blogoshpere, but really, I do. Take today for example--a deep blue sky with fresh snow so bright that it hurts the eyes. It is incredibly beautiful. I like the extremes and the changes, from hot and humid summers to cold snowy winters. Sometimes it's harsh, but as I plodded along in my snowshoes this afternoon I was happy to be right here right now.
Last week I had reason to be grateful for snow. I had a particularly Canadian driving experience with fresh snow and unplowed back roads. Usually it's no problem until the snow starts making a bow wave over the hood, but that day I rounded a curve and met a tractor completely blocking the road. There was no time to to stop and precious little time to react, but I managed to avoid both the tractor and the hydro pole and got airborne as I headed towards the neighbour's pasture. But, because of 10 cm of fresh snow, my car just landed with a metallic phflump and settled into the drift. The airbags didn't even deploy! Neil was able to pull me out with the tractor and there was minimal damage. Since my car is 14 years old, a few more dents and scrapes make no difference to me! I was lucky and all thanks to snow. I could get out of temper and blame the snow, but really, it saved me too.
Winter also means more indoor time, which translates to more sewing and music time. This week was a zippy pouch week, always fun. I made a few for some friends of my daughter--I hope they like them.
I have no idea where this cat and mouse fabric came from, but I love it!
It's funny how all the bags have this strange trapezoid shape when photographed, even though in the flesh they are perfectly rectangular. Anyway, this one is lined with a Denise Schmidt fabric that I love. (I received an email last night with a picture of the delighted recipient, so it was well received!)
And this one is made from fabrics my daughter brought back from Uganda when she worked there. I've been saving them for something special again, but my self-imposed fabric diet means that I have started using lots of special stuff on the shelves. It feels good.
And now a dog glamour shot--my faithful companion looking noble. I love the little icicles hanging off her whiskers!