Mostly blue skies and sun prevailed yesterday.
If only the solar panels were up on the roof doing their thing!
But, alas, fierce winds have ushered in much colder weather,
and no solar work was done yesterday.
We took a walk through the woods yesterday to check the progress
of the tree cutting.
It makes my heart sad to see so many of our beautiful trees gone,
but I understand the necessity.
Getting rid of the diseased trees gives the newer hardwood saplings a fighting
chance of growing into large trees... and sooner.
But still... the woods were my peaceful place, and they feel so very disrupted right now.
And given a few years, the woods will look vibrant once more.
We did see some white tail deer on our journey.
Of that I am glad; as I was fearful that the tree cutting would cause them to leave.
The woods are large, so there is plenty of room for the deer to hide.
Our animals don't seem to mind the cold.
Those that do stay inside.
The house is toasty warm with a roaring fire going,
so I have been working on some wooly projects.
This Icelandic sweater is coming along nicely.
I work on it a little each day.
As soon as the sleeves are finished, I will join them to the body and work
upwards to finish the fancy yoke of the sweater.
I am amazed at how quickly this project is progressing.
Years ago I had started knitting this throw.
It was one of my first projects and I quickly lost interest
as I tried new techniques and new patterns.
Rather than letting it sit, unfinished, I decided to rip it out and use it for a
I had enough skeins of the original yarn to warp the loom.
And now I am weaving with the yarn as I rip it from the throw.
This is the essence of what I love about winter :
working on a project inside a toasty, warm house while the cold
winter winds blow outside gives me much peace.
It's a time of rest and renewal,
a time to work on projects that are abandoned during the warmer months
when long days are spent tending to life out-of-doors.
I have learned to enjoy each season and not wish it away...
for each season brings its own blessings.