Because it IS that time of year, I spend a lot of time in my studio, sitting in a chair or standing in one place, tying bows. After the first two, it becomes incredibly boring (I've tied more than a few over the years) unless I find something to entertain me. For instance, a good show on my computer. This year's offerings have been particularly good and thankfully, abundant. I admit to being a bit fickle. Add that to a short attention span and you'll understand why I've switched around a bit. It began last Friday, first listening to a podcast called 'Dusted'. It devotes each episode to one corresponding episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. My thought was that I'd listen then watch. I got as far as episode 4. I watched more than I listened. It was surprisingly fun. Maybe I'll get back to it. Yesterday, I remembered that I still had Starz on Demand available to watch on the computer. I had neglected to turn it off after Outlander ended for the season. Starz does a great job on their Mini-Series or what they call 'Originals'. There areoles to choose from. I managed 5 episodes of Black Sails. Chris got caught up in watching it with me so the remainder of the episodes are on hold until we have time to finish them together. Now I'm 4 episodes into Dancing on the Edge. Great music, especially if you enjoy jazz. Beautiful clothes and elaborate sets. Oh, and over 100 bows done.
I've moved all of my inventory to one side of my studio, everything else has been stacked in as small a space as I could pack it. Tomorrow morning the first truckload of poinsettias arrive and we'll need every inch of space we can get. The office has been taken over with boxes of red ribbon and bigger boxes of bows. It'll all be over in 10 days. Long days. Last year seems like only yesterday.
I finished spinning another three bobbins of the Romedale I mentioned earlier this month. This has been one of the most enjoyable fibers I have spun. I can't say enough about it. The color is gorgeous, a soft reddish brown. It makes me think of the very good cinnamon that I add to my morning coffee.
The three skeins have approx. 800 yds. of 3 ply worsted wt. There is more fiber left to spin and I'm taking my time. The past few week I've had only stolen minutes (or hours) to spin . This morning I plied with my first cup of coffee, yesterday just before I made supper. I've been spinning the singles on a Schacht and plying on a Dixon. The Schacht is in front of my glass patio door, overlooking the woods. The view from my Dixon looks west to the hills as they get first light and the sunset in the afternoon. It's my busy season and this is a perfect project to relax with. I'm making it last.
It looks like there will be enough for a sweater. I was hoping.
As it worked out, we got the snow blowers and chains on the tractors in the nick of time. I hesitate to complain in the light of Buffalo's snow event. But, when winter made up its mind, it came quickly. Wednesday morning we had the opportunity to use both. I was happy we'd stuck with our chores. Even the balsam brush was cut and in the barn before the snow came. It made loading it into the truck so much easier when the time came to bring it south for the now imminent decorating season.
The pond went from open water to completely covered in 5 days. Even though it is the right time of year, the freeze seemed faster than usual. Maybe it was that we'd had such unseasonally warm weather the week before. No more.
With the pond tucked in for the winter, life around it has to adjust. While I shoveled the deck, I watched a mink run across the snow covered ice and back, instead of taking the longer shoreline route. I wonder if the shortcut makes up for his lack of cover.
November is the grey month. Only a few trees and bushes still have leaves and their color has faded to subtle. The sun is scarce and weak when it shines. The landscape is without contrast. I'm not complaining. It doesn't stay long, this changeling . It has its own beauty. I fall in love all over again.
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If these pictures were taken this morning... all snow. Fourth deck shoveling this season.