I’m sitting in my warm and bright living room tonight listening to the wind blow and the sleet hit the windows. It will probably turn to freezing rain at some time tonight. I stepped onto the patio and scraped up some of the ice balls.
As these little ice balls pile up they solidify together and become a sheet of treacherous ice. The streets are already looking pretty slick.
But I’m really happy to be in a warm and bright house tonight. My power went out around 9:30 this morning. It was windy all night long and continued today. It’s cold too. Actually temps in the 20s. Wind chill takes it down to the low teens. A power line a few blocks away was knocked down and it affected my neighborhood, while the the street that runs parallel to mine never lost power.
It was a long day of waiting for the power to come on and trying to work on my phone and iPad (both operating on cellular connection), and watching the temperature in the house steadily get lower and lower. I did several meetings for work and kept on top of email, but that was about all I could do.
I took the dogs for a walk around 11 am, thinking it would be a good way to warm up. So I bundled up and headed out. We walked for about 2.5 miles. It was blustery and cold, but it was dry. When I got home the 60 degree house felt nice and toasty!
I ate a sad little lunch of crackers with butter (because Bender ate my half-loaf of bread while I was in the shower) then had a couple more meetings. Around 2:30 I took my phone and iPad to my friend’s house one street over so they could charge. Then I took the dogs for another 2.5 mile walk. It was still dry and blustery. I stopped at the park on the way home to let the dogs run free for a while. Then I dropped the dogs off at home and headed back to my friend’s house. They gave me a nice hot cup of coffee, filled some thermoses with hot water, and filled a thermos with some hot soup. The husband then took me for a drive to see if we could locate where the power outage was and we found four power company trucks about a half mile from my house. They were working on a downed power pole. It was a relief to know they were on the task. They estimated that the power would be back on around 6 pm.
My power actually came on around 4:30 and it was the most amazing feeling! I was so relieved that I wasn’t going to spend the night in a cold house! It’s amazing how wonderful a bright and warm home feels!
We had an ice storm two winters ago. You can read about that storm here. It’s kind of scary to see another one approaching. They can cause huge amounts of damage and power outages that can last days.
I’m going to work tomorrow morning and then take the afternoon off. My plan is to get my house ready for company for Christmas Eve dinner. I also need to plan out my menu and when to make what. It looks like the weather will keep me at home so It’s a good thing I got all my grocery shopping done earlier this week.
The fabric my friend purchased for me at her local quilt store that’s liquidating their KFC fabrics arrived earlier this week.
I bought a few yards of that white buttons fabric on the far left because I thought it would make an interesting neutral background for something… much more interesting than a solid white background. I saw a quilt made with this as a background earlier this week and it was interesting.
I bought the two pieces of feathers in the center because they’re so gorgeous!
The black octopus on the far right…. well… I just love it and have a kind of ridiculous amount of it. I have two pieces of it that are each large enough for a quilt backing. This piece is four yards. I have no plans for it but it makes me feel happy to know it’s in my stash.
Then a few days ago I got an email from Hancocks of Paducah… who is having a nice sale on KFC fabrics. So I purchased two pieces that will be eventual quilt backings. One for my recent orange/pink/purple quilt… this one…
The other one for a quilt that will be made FOR this particular backing. I have an idea on this. I’ll share more when this fabric arrives. It’s already in Portland, according to my package tracking info. Happy Christmas to me!
Yesterday was the winter solstice. It’s usually a good day for me. I really dislike how early it gets dark in the winter. I really do LOVE the long summer evenings with hours of light. I always think that if I can make it to the winter solstice, I can make it through the dark winter. I love knowing that the sun is slowly coming back to these northern climates.
I took the boys for a walk yesterday afternoon in the glorious sunshine of the shortest day of the year… when the sun is as far south as it will get.
It was a nice walk.
We decided to take another walk last night in the dark… knowing that bad weather was on the way. When I got home I was greeted by an un-invited quest in my kitchen.
Yup. That’s a mouse perched atop my backsplash. OMG!!!
It’s not unheard of to see mice in the house when it turns cold. I probably get a mouse or two every couple of years. So I pulled out my mouse traps (I always keep some on hand) and set a couple in the kitchen.
Then later last night I went into my guest room to find a Kaffe quilt book and noticed two intact hazelnuts on the floor next to the closet.
What an odd place to see two abandoned hazelnuts. So I had the bright idea to set a trap in that closet.
It’s very common to catch a mouse the first night you set out traps. So when I woke up this morning I checked all the traps I set. Nothing in any of the traps I set in the kitchen. But when I checked the trap in the guest room closet… there he was. Departed. Former mouse.
So the first thing I did (well, the first thing after disposing of the recently departed one) was to clean and disinfect all the kitchen counter and backsplash surfaces. It’s a relief to know that my hunt was successful. I’ve left a couple traps set in the kitchen and one in that closet just in case this guy invited his friends. But I’m thinking he was it.
I’m looking forward to this storm being over. Hearing on the news tonight that two major interstates around Portland are closed. I’m really glad I don’t have to travel anywhere.
Keep you fingers crossed for us!