I am writing to you from my couch, buried under a blanket, as a light rain falls. We’ve been getting snow on and off this week. I pretend to hate snow on my Instagram, and I certainly have mixed feelings with it. Part of me is the Texan who is still fascinated by anything resembling actual seasons. I went for a walk this week around my neighborhood and found the pond was frozen!
I am quite tickled by Canadian geese. I may not be from around these parts, but I know enough to stay away from the Canadian geese. Far away.
It also looks really pretty right after it falls. There’s a quiet and stillness in the air.
But there’s the other part of me who hates winter. I hated mild Texas winters, so it’s no surprise that I don’t enjoy legitimate winter. I think I’d be happier if there were more sunny days, but the gray weighs on me. It doesn’t help that January is typically my least favorite month. This, the most January of all Januarys, took forever to complete and reminded me of the early pandemic days in terms of length. I think February is going to be like January, at least work-wise – more deadlines and stressful meetings scheduled for this week (hence hiding under the cozy blankets today. IF I JUST LAY HERE).
But I’m buoyed by a couple of things. Biden has been working on undoing Trump’s shittiest policies (of which there were many) and it brings me joy. Also, I know several people (including family members) who have gotten the vaccine! I know the vaccine rollout still needs to be ironed out, but seeing loved ones get vaccinated fills me with happiness and hope.
I’m still in a stash-busting phase at home, and I’m happy to say that I completed another project this weekend! I started on Friday night. It still needs to be blocked, and given how cold it’s been, it will probably be another two months before I take photos with it.
It’s from a book called Making Winter, and it’s full of cozy crafting and cooking projects. I bought it last year but only now decided to work through some of the projects. I made this cowl using yarn I bought from Seattle in 2019 at Pike Place Market. The restlessness still has not wavered, but working through this project reminded me that even though I’m home right now, one day I’ll be able to travel again and buy pretty yarn that will sit on my shelf for two years.
There’s a shawl that I want to work on next from the book, and hopefully that will use two skeins.
On that note, I think I will get going on my next project. I hope you have a cozy, warm Sunday wherever you are.