The North Wind Hath Blew

And we hath had snew . . .







The above is what I woke up to on Sunday morning.

The Smiley-Face Bush on Tuesday

It was still there on Monday.  Even though I had a cardiac rehab session scheduled, I called and told them I wouldn’t be there.  I wasn’t about to get out with the roads in that condition.  A significant percentage of the people in my town don’t know how to drive in snow.  An equally significant and overlapping percentage of them drive like maniacs. *

Fortunately, when I went to the cardiologist on Tuesday, the roads were clear, even though there was still a lot of snow everywhere else.  I got caught at that light and was able to get a shot of the Smiley Face Bush with a snowy comb-over.

After I got home, I washed my hair and was pfaffing about on the computer while it dried when the VA called.  Could I come get a COVID-19 immunization on Thurs at 1:30?  You betcha!  So, now it’s Thursday evening and I’m post first jab of the Moderna vaccine.  I’m due for the second jab on Feb 11.  My mom got the first shot of the Pfizer last week and she had no side-effects at all, not even soreness of the injection site.  I notice my arm’s getting a little sore, but then the fact that the guy shot me right on the point of my shoulder might have something to do with it.

Because my hair is fine and fly-away, and prone to split ends, after I wash it, I let it dry in the air.  It’s probably due in part to chemo hair and the shampoo I use, but lately as my hair dries, it tends to poof, and I get a case of the Roseanne Rosannadanna’s something fierce.  I have this lavender/coconut stuff I put on the ends to keep them from splitting.  Not only does it make the drying of the locks a somewhat fragrant process, but it works pretty well at keeping the ends from fraying.

I swear I have at least one bowl of knitting by every chair in the house, including on my nightstand.  I spent most of Sunday snuggled in bed drinking hot tea, playing games on my Fire tablet, reading, and knitting. That little bed table on wheels has been the best $45 I’ve spent in a while.  I have a plug strip with a 12-foot cord mounted to the underside of it, and that’s where I charge my tablet, my phone and my earbuds.  Ditto the bed wedge.  Since I have to keep my heater on 68 F/20 C, or I can’t afford the gas bills, it gets a little chilly in the house, especially in that back bedroom.  The duplex I live in was built in the 1970’s and is (not) insulated accordingly.  It was 66 F/18.8 C in my office when I went in at 3 o’clock  this afternoon to boot up the computer, and the high was in the 50’s F/10’s C today.

Still working on the infinity wrap.  It’s getting to be about 20 inches long now and I haven’t even used up one skein yet.  That ball in the bowl is what remains of the first skein.

Now that the piece is getting kind of long, rather than having it flopping about on my lap, I’ve rolled it up and have used a large stitch keeper to safety pin it into a more compact bundle.   This is a good trick for when you’re knitting a long scarf to keep it from flopping all over the place.

This yarn is a DK called “Ragg Time” by Green Mountain Spinnery, in the “Bessie” colorway. It’s a double stranded yarn, with one strand a constant black  and the other strand variegated through several shades of blue.  Makes an interesting fabric.

*That line from the Beach Boys' song "Fun, Fun, Fun" comes to mind -- "makes the Indy 500 look just like a Roman chariot race . . ."

Author: WOL

My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.

2 thoughts on “The North Wind Hath Blew”

  1. Congratulations on having your (first) Covid vaccination. We have had both of ours now. Like your mother’s ours was the Pfizer vaccine. We suffered no after-effects worth mentioning.

    Even after vaccination, one still has to take care as its effectiveness is less than 100% but is it reassuring to have it.

    I don’t envy you your snow. We have not had any so far and that’s fine by me.


  2. Lucky you, to have managed a vaccination. I’ve been trying and trying to find a place to get mine, but so far it’s been nothing but failure. Part of the problem is that so little vaccine is available here, even for people in the ‘right’ categories. UTMB in Galveston had to cancel a boatload (thousands) of appointments this week, because they didn’t receive the vaccine they’d been promised. The state had reallocated it. Pfffft. Week before last, 400 vials were received, and I stayed on the phone for two hours trying to get an appointment. No luck. Word is they had 2,000 people trying to get in. I can’t sign up in the Methodist system because I’ve never been a patient there, and when I called the pharmacy nearest me, I found the information offered on the state map was wrong, and I was talking to a pharmacy with the same name in — Arkansas.

    On top of that, I’ve not received that $600 ‘stimulus payment’ that has been so highly touted. I don’t need it to buy my peanut butter and jelly, but it sure would be helpful, given the time I lost at work because of the recent car problems. Ain’t I just the cheerful one!?

    The snow on your Smiley Face bush is wonderful.


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