Posted by: mamas2hands | May 24, 2017

Is Summer Coming?

This week has been the last week of school for both my sons. It’s been a wild one, not only is it the last week of school, it is the last week for each of them in their current schools. My youngest is making the transition from Elementary school to Middle school, and my oldest is graduating from Middle school to High school.

I’m a bit in shock that we are basically parenting 2 teenagers for all intents and purposes. Yikes!

Here in Colorado on my mountain it hasn’t felt much like summer is so near. Especially with the freakish snow storm we had this past weekend. We ended up with 4.5 feet of snow in our backyard. For those of you on the metric system that is approximately 1.37 meters.

This was the view off my deck on Tuesday, May 16th.

This was the same view 2 days later on Thursday, May 18th.

My poor pooch couldn’t even jump thru the snow like she usually does because it got so high. Instead Himself was very kind and shoveled out a path for her thru the deepest snow right in front of our backdoor.

She appreciated it, though the cold temperatures meant she wasn’t in a hurry to stay out there.

Snow up here on the mountain in the springtime is pretty typical for us. But freezing temperatures and that much accumulation, especially this late in May, is very unusual. Having said that, we seem to be having more springtime weather like this every year, so maybe this is our new normal.

This snow storm brought with it lots of power outages. We were without power for 24 hours combined, though fortunately not all in one stretch. It did make me revise what I could work on those days. It also meant a great deal of time was used up cooking on the wood-stove, hauling fire-wood and keeping the wood-stove burning so that our house didn’t get too cold.

I don’t mind “roughing it” when we go camping, but I’m definitely not cut out for living in the 1800s.

I did finish a sample for my new design, “Nimbus Poncho”. I’m hoping to have the pattern published and available to purchase thru my Ravelry shop before June 10th. It was lovely to work on. The yarn is Berroco’s “North Star” an incredible soft, fluffy, elastic, superfine alpaca blend.

I also worked a few more rounds on my caution tape plarn “Dart Bucket”. I don’t know how people spend hours crocheting with plarn. I really had to take frequent breaks. My progress on this project may have to be more of the tortoise than the hare. Slow and Steady.

Fortunately, it has warmed up quite a bit this week so far. My youngest was having fun spotting all the trickles and torrents of water coming down the canyon sides as we were driving home today.  We stopped for this one to take photos and video. It was amazing and loud.

The stream running away from it was more the burbling brook sound that I love. Hopefully we are finished with freezing temperatures and snow for the next couple of months. Though I have been enjoying the nice high 50s and low 60s of this week so far.

I’ll be doing some traveling this summer to places that have “real” summer temperatures and high humidity. I’m going to keep the photos of the heavy snow on my phone to hopefully cool me off. Or at least they will remind me I wanted a break from the cold.


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