The weather has warmed up a bit but has been pretty uninspiring - overcast, occasional light flurries, temperature hovering between 10 and 20 degrees F.
No awe-inspiring blizzards, no soul awakening thaw, no snow days off from school, no starry crystalline nights.
Just old snow and road dirt.
Just an intimidatingly large woodpile. (Which I will admit, is much better than an intimidatingly small woodpile in February.)
To soon to start Tomatoes. Too late to work on Valentine projects.
At least I've got some Rackham. I found this lovely book Once Upon a Time; The Fairy Tale World of Arthur Rackham at the downtown Potsdam "branch" of the Birchbark bookshop above White's Hardware. It was significantly less that some Amazon sellers are offering it at (10 bucks!!) is in perfect vintage condition and it is full of lovely full page illustrations of many of his less well known titles. If you are suffering a bad case of the blahs, I suggest you go spend an hour or so at one of the Birchbark locations or a used book seller near you. Take your time, get lost in the shelves. You're not missing much outside right now.
Now I think I will build the fire (again) and then go upstairs to build some jewelry. Maxx has a friend coming after school today so I'll do housework downstairs when they get home - maybe - and work in my studio today. I cleaned it last week and moved all of my dyeing bins and materials downstairs. Now I can actually move around upstairs!
Being upstairs will help me stay out of the kitchen, too. I backslid a bit the last two weeks. PMS + cabin fever + sick hubby + lousy weather = difficulty making good food choices. I gained back a pound of the 4 I had lost over January. But my inches continue to go down. I'm not formally exercising right now, but with Bry out of commission and MB back in school, I'm hauling a lot more wood around. That counts for a few extra burned calories and some weight work, too.
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