Oliver and I survived the holidays, napped through New Year's, and are now huddled finding warmth in the Polar Vortex that has overtaken the country. Yesterday it was -14 when I took this photo of Oliver in his favorite cardboard box by the front door where he watches and stalks birds and squirrels at the bird seed I put out.
Today it is supposed to hit zero degrees, and I might venture out for coffee, cat food, and bird seed!
Happy New Year to all of you, and best wishes for great quilting this year. I hope to get back to giving you some ideas and tips soon.
I am now working on my brand new laptop (a total impulse purchase for me, not at all typical) and have been rocketed into the new age of all things geeky. Fixing DH's computer, system restores, installing all sorts of things that took forever to get back to normal, including a new WiFi router that gave me fits but is humming away now and not crashing and blinking and melting down - all this has been my daily routine for the past two weeks! My new friends are the guys who help me out in the tech department. The end may be in sight I think. A few loose ends to tie, and I shall be freed from tech stuff.
It didn't take me long to get used to Windows 8 and I must say I am enjoying the treasure hunt to find where files are now stored, how to do the things I used to do without thinking, but it is all getting very easy and it is fun, not stressful. I still need to get my photo program downloaded and then my old laptop will be cut free, to relax and enjoy its much-deserved retirement.
And I have Apps. I love my weather App. The background photos look like my view out the window. It can "find my location" and tells me everything and more about my weather.
I've liked seeing all the holiday quilting projects and photos on Facebook, and pet photos too. I know quilters are busy as always being creative.
We had our little Charlie Brown faux Christmas tree again, decorated with birds, nests, and real nests blown down in the yard that I have saved over the years. I added clear lights and my collection of crystal ornaments, and it was beautiful.
Oliver took several days to "notice" that the new thing blocking his view out the window had BIRDS perched in it. Every night at 9:30 he sat on the old Singer treadle next to it and gazed at it for a long time before gently reaching out and swiping one bird or nest off and onto the floor. In the a.m. when I was having coffee he did the same thing. The victims were then placed in the greenery on the mantel, out of his reach. It was a game with us, and he ignored the crystal ornaments and never toppled the tree. He is four years old and has developed civilized sensibilities.
Below, a hazy photo of him gazing at his tree.
I hope your year is filled with lights and crystal and wonder, and quilting always. Stay warm......