On Monday, I looked out the window to see this. A pay loader on our street to clear a path down the street. It then got stuck at the top of our street and had to be rescued by a plow. Crazy. My husband and I worked in shifts and made steady progress to clear our driveway. Yesterday, his brother came over to help with the rest. It’s clear enough to get one car in / out, but it’s tight. I’m hoping that our usual plow guy can come by and help widen things a bit. And maybe clear whatever we’re forecast to get tonight.
Good thing we cleared it, as our mailbox is still inaccessible. The mail-person had some guts and drove their truck down our driveway to deliver the mail. There was not much considering we haven’t gotten mail since Friday! There was a swap box for me – I received an adorable baby unicorn & an “OctoPaul” & “OctoPolly” for my little ones! As soon as I started to open the box, Lorelai piped up, “Can I have that?”. They are adorable! Thank you very much to Cindy, my swap pal!
After I finished my slug, Lorelai requested a princess one. A bit of stash diving and voila! Princess, the tiara-less, slug! I used one skein of bulky for the body and double up on other stash yarn for the eyes, foot & antennae. It’s maybe 6 inches tall and 10 inches long! I left it outside her bedroom door last night to surprise her. Success!
The Blizzard of 2013 has come and gone but we’re going to be dealing with this mess for a while. We measured 26″ outside our front door, and CT effectively shut down this weekend. My husband and I worked shoveling our driveway yesterday and today and we’re maybe 1/3 of the way done. We haven’t seen a plow truck since 4pm Saturday and that was on the next road over – our road has not been touched. It’s going to be several days until we can get out of here. I’ve never seen this much snow come from one event and there’s no place to put it! It is very pretty and very striking. These once in a lifetime events seem to be happening more often! On the plus side we have power and we are ok with food and stuff. I’ve been working on my sample sweater for Plymouth, have started my second Fumior, and have wound yarn for swatching.
I’ve also tried to give my wrists a break by crocheting – they are sore from shoveling and crochet doesn’t seem to add to the ache. I worked up this chill slug, fulfilling my participation in the Fresh Stitches Slug-A-long. He was very quick and fun to make – the Fresh Stitches patterns are very well written, and the blog posts were really helpful – I found the post about crocheting antennae particularly helpful! I’m naming him Nemo in honor of the storm. I’ve had a request to make a princess one next. When asked for more details that means a tiara & ribbons. I’m hoping a pink and purple version will satisfy.
Mondays have their own special feeling, don’t they? Actually I tend to look forward to Mondays. My house is quiet again after a busy weekend with everyone home. Today though is a rough one following a very rough weekend. 3 out of the 4 of us have been sick all weekend – 2 colds & 1 stomach bug. Currently, Nate’s got it. I’ve got little sleep, a very fussy little one, and a to-do list a mile long, of course.
Today also starts the Slug-a-long, a Fresh Stitches CAL, which I am very excited about. I think I have decided on my yarn (Tahki Cotton Classic, for a bit of sheen that slugs have!) but still need to pick a color.
I hope your week is starting out on the right foot!