Confessions of a Night Owl

Sometimes staying up late is hard to resist. It is one of the few times my household is actually quiet.

Everyone besides me is asleep, including the dogs. The only sound is the humming of my computer and the refrigerator and an occassional pop from the wood in the fire. The quiet is so peaceful it is like the world is just breathing.

It’s a great time to get lots of work done. I can write or crochet without any interruptions. Often times I experience a flood of creativity and may spend 2-3 hours madly sketching and noting down design ideas.

Deck at Night 1

It’s been snowing the past 3 days and we have gotten over 2 feet of the cold fluffy stuff. The snow makes the world even quieter. I took these pictures last night because everything looked so calm out the window.

Deck at Night 2

Almost looks like a Christmas scene, which is appropriate, since I spent yesterday working on proposals for Winter magazine issues. Maybe that is why I have a much easier time designing cold season items. It is a bit difficult to be in the mind-set for warm or hot weather living at this altitude.

Most of my readers here in the US are currently experiencing above freezing temperatures or warmer, while my backyard was a balmy 19F at the time of my little photo session last night.

Deck in the morning

I took another photo this morning before the icicles could get broken. You may not be able to tell, but it was still snowing. As I write this it continues to snow and the temperature has gotten all the way up to 20F.

All this snow is great inspiration for warm and cozy crochet projects like hats, wraps and mittens.  Who knows, by the time the rest of the country is back in wintery weather, I may have a few of these inspirations in magazines for the season.

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Happy Spring!

Sorry for going a bit quiet on all my lovely readers. The last bit of March went flying by as it was Spring Break for my boys and since then it’s been madness.

Snow Day

For one thing, the weather up here on my mountain doesn’t seem able to make up it’s mind. First it’s 60+ temperatures (farenheit for those of my non-US readers) with loads of mud everywhere, then it’s 6-10 inches of snow and below freezing temps.

A few weekends back was Easter, which my family tends to celebrate as the beginning of spring. For the first time, in a long while, we actually had a warm weather day here on the mountain to celebrate my favorite Spring holiday. Generally we are still contending with just above freezing. Our egg hunts are either conducted indoors or wearing full winter gear.

I’ve been working away on much of the book-keeping tasks that seem to be neglected until tax time rolls around again. Every year I promise myself that I will do a better job of keeping up with that job. So far I’ve not done a stellar job with meeting that promise.

Of course, the good news is, each year the amount of book-keeping work increases as my design, writing and teaching work load increases. As my darling friend Pam says, it is a “quality problem”. Who knows, 2013 may well be the year I finally hire someone to do the book-keeping for me. That might whip me into shape.

Speaking of getting into shape. My birthday resolution of improving my health is coming closer to my grasp. I’ve been working on developing the habit of going to bed before midnight. Amazing what getting decent sleep does for one’s attitude overall, not to mention the improvement in energy during the day.

I’m also exercising more each day. Some days it is just 1/2 an hour of dancing in my living room to my favorite disco tunes. This is really entertaining to do when my children are home after school. Who knew one could embarrass their children when no one is around? Wait til I dance in the grocery store aisle when shopping with them.

I’ve been reading a rather inspiring book that one of my PJ Jam friends recommended. “Younger Next Year for Women; Live Strong, Fit and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond ” by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

The book is really reiterating some of the info I already knew about keeping active and involved in life to stay healthy. Written with a rather humorous voice at times I have been finding it entertaining, as well as motivating me to get off my duff and get active again.

I will be going to see my medical doctor soon for an evaluation as part of my fitness program. Partly because I hope to repeat the appointment in a year and see an improvement.  My 50th birthday is only 6 months away now, so I’m thinking that will be my first milestone to shoot for.

It would be lovely to walk up my own driveway by then without feeling winded. And in case you are thinking I’m really a wuss for being winded going up my drive, it’s a very steep drive and I live at nearly 8500 feet above sea-level.

Photo courtesy of Red Heart
Photo courtesy of Red Heart

Meanwhile I have a few new designs out. Flowered Wedding Favor Box is worked in thread and is quick to stitch up. Work the flowers in your wedding colors, or make one trimmed box to hold a gift for Mom this Mother’s day.

Photo courtesy of Red Heart
Photo courtesy of Red Heart

And if you missed the issue of Crochet World that had my Button Showcase Bracelet in it, you can now find the pattern on the Red Heart Website.

I hope you are all enjoying your Spring and finding time for some outdoor play to balance your crochet time.