Category Archives: Seasons and Holidays

Sicko

January has always been a sluggish month, but I didn’t know what I was in for in February. Apparently the polar vortex did not kill off cold viruses, and one outing in early February caused me to be felled for almost 3 weeks. Normally I can fend off a cold by resting for 2 days, but […]

SnowMelt

From polar vortex to ice storm. This winter is definitely packing a punch. My frosted windows melted away on Friday and my car started without a hitch. This weekend most of the ice and snow also melted away in above 40-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. This cheerful snowman had a very short life. But our brief time […]

Polar Vortex

I am hunkering down for the polar vortex today. It is interesting how weather events can be very distracting. I was already planning a work from home week (rather than visiting a cafe or finding outside excursions), but when the weather dictates your schedule, it gets distracting. The temperature flux this week also requires extra […]

The Ice Queen visits again

January started off mild, but now we are getting the brunt of winter. A first blanket of snow appeared January 12. By mid-week the temperatures had become frostier, and the Lake had a visit from the Ice Queen. I enjoyed the stroll, although fingers get frosty by the lake when the wind is whipping. The […]

JigUFacturer Ornament Challenge

This month the JigUFacturer Design team for Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig! was challenged to make holiday ornaments. As you know this is kind of my jam. I started making ornaments in 2013. Initially I was freewheeling all the designs with pliers, but when I saw that Brenda Schweder had developed Now That’s A […]

Halloween Decor

It is fun to take my daily walks right now. A lot of my neighbors are in the Halloween spirit, and have mostly fun decorations up. Skeletons don’t know how to use swings. This one’s a little bit better. I took a selfie with a witch on the way to the grocery store. These pumpkins […]

Staycation

Since Independence Day fell on a Wednesday, I gave myself permission to take the whole week off. As a self-employed person, work is always on the brain. However, since most regular job people would be taking some time off, I figured I should cut myself some slack after two intense months. The vacation kicked off […]

Hoppy Easter!

It is Easter weekend, and The Evanston Pop Up Gallery will have an Easter Egg hunt at 11 AM throughout the store. Search for eggs and meet the artists who have their creations in the store. I’ll be there for a spell. I got a lovely gift certificate in the mail so I hopped on […]

Snowscapes

Here’s to the last hurrah of our snow fest this month. A few weeks ago Lake Michigan was splashing chilly waves all over the place. It made beautiful iciclescapes. Then came a dump of 12 inches over the weekend. Officially we got 6 on the biggest day, but it looks like more to me. Dutchies, […]

Reflecting in Ice

We’re entering another deep freeze here in Chicagoland, which is perfect for holing up. This week I am doing a writer’s retreat in my own town, since the unpredictable weather had me leery of driving up to the White Pines. I am looking forward to focusing on my September plans which were derailed by Harvey. […]