Saturday, 1 December 2007

Brrrrrr! It's cold!

I woke up this morning to find a significant change in temperature here. According to the weatherman it's -19 degrees C with a windchill of -25. For those of you who live in the US, that's -3 degrees F with a windchill of -13 F!! All I know is that it's cold! Every year it always shocks me the first time the temperature dips below zero. Eventually I get accustomed to it (maybe not!!) and just keep adding all the extra layers of clothes, scarves, etc. Which reminds me, I guess I better go looking for those sweaters I brought up from storage!
Last night was my staff Christmas party. It's been 5 yrs since I've been able to go. They always have it on a Friday night and for the last 5 yrs, Bob's choir has had a concert on the same date. This year however, the choir changed their concert from a Friday night to a Sunday afternoon so that freed things up for us to go. It was a nice evening, good meal and great music ( in my opinion, since Bob's a fan of classical!) but we didn't stay too late because the roads were icy and we both have a full weekend ahead of us. It had been windy all day which was causing some of the snow to drift from the fields across the road. Combine that with the temperatures dropping and the roads suddenly get like glass. It took us about an hour and a bit to get home where it usually takes about 40 min.

This morning I was looking forward to sleeping in a little but was wide awake by 7. I've got some Christmas shopping I want to get done this morning and then it's off to Ottawa with Bob for a choir rehearsal for Sunday's concert. I also hope to sneak in a visit with my youngest son while Bob heads off to play a Saturday night mass. If I'm not too tired tonight when we return I'd like to finish off the Baby Spots cube. I got started on it last week but didn't have quite enough material to wrap around the cube to finish it off. I picked up more material this week along with some ribbon so I'd really like to get to that if possible. Sunday will be a washout for stitching too since we have our church service in Ottawa in the morning followed by the concert in the afternoon and a reception immediately after it. Next weekend is just a repeat of this one only with a different choir! Being married to a church musician and singing with him means that the whole month of December is pretty much tied up this way. If we're not performing in a concert then we're attending one since the music community supports each other. I love it since there's nothing I love more than Christmas music!

I did get some more stitching done on my CdC though. I've chosen to stitch this one on Tuesday evenings. Recently they put me on the early shift at work which means I'm home now by 4:00pm. Since my DH stays overnight in Ottawa each Tuesday, I don't have to prepare a meal and can devote about 6 hrs of stitching on my CdC. Here's a pic of my progress so far. It won't be long before I'm finished my first page and on to the next!

I've been catching up on my blog reading and admiring all the lovely decorating that so many of you are doing to prepare your homes for the Christmas season. It's really beautiful and I don't know where you all find the time to do it! Usually I don't get started on my decorating until around the 15th which is my son Daniel's birthday. I always tried to have most things done by then. We don't put up our tree though until around the last week before Christmas since we always get a real one and it stays up until Epiphany just after New Year. Our outdoor Christmas lights go on this Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent. I managed to get them put out during that week in November that I was off work. The weather was fairly mild then and no snow.

The mailman brought me a couple of parcels I've been waiting for this week. Inside were some new charts which I've patiently been waiting for. Two of the charts are LHN - Snowflake and Acorn Hill. As well I received Mirabilia's Donner and Just Nan's Scream Girls. I'd love to start Snowflake in the very near future. I'm currently working on a Christmas ornament by Lynn's Prints of which I'll have a picture for my next post.

Thanks to all of you for sharing in the joy of our granddaughter's blessed news. Stitchers truly are a caring community! Have a super weekend!!
( I can't believe it but I'm only able to post this now at 11:00pm since my internet's been down all day!)


  1. Gee, thanks a lot. Now I had to go and add some of those LNH charts to my wish list. I've been admiring the Snowflakes one for a while, but that in combination with the Acorn Hill one pushed me over the edge. LOL

    Your CDC is lovely! Nice color choices.

  2. You do sound busy!
    Great stash! I love both these LHN charts but dont have them yet.
    Your CdC is coming along great. You sure did catch up quickly.

  3. Now that's cold. I don't think I have ever experienced weather that cold. I wish for cold weather, as it has been really warm and humid here. Yuck!! Your CdC is coming along really well, I really love the colour.

    The LHN designs are great, I am just green with envy.

  4. CDC is looking great!!!! And your stash is super too...
    Sounds like you had a great staff party! Hope the weather calms some for you :)

  5. Brrr! I'm not sure if I'd have gone outside with it that cold. CDC is looking wonderful, nice progress on it. You received some lovely stash.

  6. Yup it's cold here too!!
    CdC is looking perfect. And you have some wonderful charts there!
    It's a busy time of the year for you.
    So have fun and stay safe on the roads!

  7. Stay warm please !! I understand the life of a musicians wife. DH plays for two different Praise bands and the time of Christmas music has begun. We may see him in January. : )

  8. Nice stash there girl!! Love the reindeer. Your CdC is coming along beautifully.You have caught up quickly. Stay warm and stitch lots.

  9. CdC is looking great, and what lovely stash. I especially love the LHN ones, but then I have a weakness for her designs in case you hadn't noticed, LOL.

  10. Isn't stashing the best fun!! I love your reindeer and all your new things. Have fun stitching, Lynn!