Friday, January 16, 2009

Tucked in for the Week



I heard the weather report last Sunday and decided it was time for Christmas to be over. I came home from the retreat and took down our Christmas tree (sigh, it was so lovely with all it's twinkles and bright lights). You see, we store many of our decorations in an out building and the temperature was due to drop drastically. By Monday morning my husband had them stowed away before he left for town. Jack and I waited and watched for the high winds and blowing snow expected later that day.





The removal of the tree made room for the return of my sewing machine. We live in an old farm house with very low ceilings. The Christmas tree either fits in my studio or our bedroom. I had my sewing area set up again by Sunday night. I have been continuing work on my "Mod" quilt in the evenings after work. I hope to have it all pieced by the end of the weekend. I am using my Grandmother's sewing machine. It was purchased the year my mother was born. I love the quiet whirring sound the old motor makes as it sews.






At 9:00 am today the thermometer read -35 degrees Fahrenheit. The house is creaking and groaning with noises I have never heard before. The radio announcer said the pub down the road had a reading of minus 40 degrees which was as low as their thermometer will measure. This is certainly the coldest daytime weather I have experienced in years. Tomorrow I venture out. The weather is due to increase by 50 degrees to 20 above. I am working at Jeanne's fabric sale from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. I'm hoping the heatwave will bring lots of people out for the sale. I have a newer sewing machine table I am donating to cause which still needs to be loaded in the van today. I sure hope it warms up soon! Warm wishes from the Sunny Grove.

9 comments:

karenfae said...

LOL heatwave at 20! I do not envy you that. Today our high was 25 for about 10 minutes and is now on the way back down - we will be back to our normal temps of 50 for the rest of the week - hard to believe when it was 14 for two nights in a row and didn't get above 25 for 2 or is it 3 days now? Good luck on your sale, if I didn't live 13 hours away I would be there to buy to help out.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Jackie said...

Every time I see the view from your studio window, I love it even more! What a great place to create....you even have an adorable put which is the cherry on top as far as I'm concerned!

Lynn said...

Your beautiful top photo makes me cold to look at it...how long does the dog stay out there?

The next photo warms my heart to see grandma's sewing machine being used today. What a blessing that is. I gave my grandma's to my daughter but she just wanted the "look" of it, not the use. I told her to give it to her kids Nanny as she wanted to USE it. This is before I realized I would sew again!!!! Don't think it would have done free motion sewing though. ;-) Happy you have yours.
And your studio is so neat and well organized. The quilt looks interesting too.

I put something in the mail for you today!

Greenmare said...

almost a heatwave today for us too! 18! it's still snowing here and I haven't been able to get out the driveway yet. hopefully Jim will get us plowed out when he gets home. I'm workig the family sunday tomorrow and we need visitors!!

quiltcrazygal said...

Wow I thought -14 was bad! I so enjoy visiting your blog, love the sewing machine! Blessings, Jenna Louise

annette emms said...

Chris, you've made me shiver! What beautiful snowy pictures.
Take care and keep warm.x

Britt-Arnhild said...

Happy sewing :-)

bindu said...

Wow - that's COLD !! I love the fact that your sewing machine is the same age as your mother. I have one too - my mother uses it every time she comes to stay with us for an extended period of time, because she's a wizard with it. When she's not staying with us, it goes into hibernation and patiently waits for her to come back. I wish I had her interest and talent. Stay warm!

Lalhezar said...

Love the sewing machine. I too have one that was my mother's and it was bought when I was 6 years old. It hasn't been used for a long time but seeing yours makes me think I should get it serviced and use it. Thanks for reminding me.