If there’s going to be severe cold and snow, which there is here in Kansas, I’d rather look at it in a wilderness area than in town where it is interrupted with buildings and roads and people rushing to get to work. But the key word is “look.”
An hour later, it’s mighty cloudy up at 6,000 feet.
I’m actually glad I’m not trying to drive up that 9 miles from Longmire to Paradise. While I shiver at work during the day, I’m able to visualize my beautiful Christmas tree waiting for me with Miss Shiva, who has taken a liking to the new velvet tree skirt that I found in the auction discards. I really like to hole up in winter. I have 9 more full work days until Christmas break.
Two nights ago I went over to my older daughter’s house, where she and my younger daughter had been all day working on The Gingerbread House 2013. It’s become an amazing tradition, and the house goes on display at the Olathe Public Library for the entire month.
Didn’t they do a great job? It took a couple of hours to do the baking the first night, and the assembling and decorating took 7 hours the next day! Those hats are made with lemon Starbursts. The roof is made of Tootsie Rolls.
While I was going through the worst of the healing process after my wrist surgery, I did a lot of ornament-sized drawings. Those didn’t get any attention on Etsy (in fact, my Etsy page is down) so many of them have found their way into Christmas cards this year. I’ve sent out probably 50 cards this year, less than half to people I know personally, and the others all went to pen pals and Bookcrossing people for the Holiday Gift Giving. No point in stockpiling that stuff, and they make good surprises for people who request ornaments on their wish list.
It’s 12 degrees Fahrenheit here. But my car doors weren’t frozen shut this morning and my car started just fine, so I can’t complain.