We are still in the Polar Vortex, like much of the country. Last Sunday we had balmy temps of 30 degrees, sun, no snow, no wind. We fled the house on a wonderful visit to nearby Wauwatosa, WI, suburb of Milwaukee for a dinner out. We walked down a charming street filled with small businesses and shops, and I stopped in amazement to see two big old-fashioned store front windows in a dry cleaner's store filled completely with pots of geraniums, blooming, growing, blossoming in the afternoon sun.
What a complete treat, a luxury to behold in the middle of the frozen winter with sun once a week if we are lucky, and snow and cold almost every day. The flowers must have been on the sidewalk outside for all of last summer, and then brought in to flourish through the winter in the windows. The owner saved them, loved them enough to keep them going thru the winter and let us, those who walked by or came in for business, delight in their beauty. All those shades of pink, rose, red, white!
Note the gloomy, snowy, bleak landscape behind me in the photo, and our reflections too, all bundled up, trudging along. Sigh.
We saw a mini library outside too, next time I'll get a photo of that, they are so charming. The old shoe store but with modern Clark's in the window, and real moccasins, love that one too. The chocolate shop, the bakery with incredible confections. Then we arrived at Balistreri's Italian restaurant, one of our favorite local places, for yummy pizza. We experienced Christmas all over again with the holiday décor, and spent a very enjoyable time, eating delicious thin crust melt-in-your-mouth real pizza.
We're headed to way below zero again, and the icy ferns on my window will reappear, just another winter window for me to enjoy.
I think I spoke too soon about enjoying the treasure hunt in my new Windows 8 computer, eeeeek! I am finding it so frustrating not to get my old menus, not to be able to easily find and do things, but it is getting better as I conquer this. I do like the slide shows of the photos from the App screen, much like those in tablets.
I reached my breaking point last week trying to print a coupon for the office store. It was a pdf attachment and showed on a black screen. No matter what, no menu, no right click, no way to say "PRINT." Finally I read the Help topics and did a Screen Shot, saved it, and could print that from the little file folder system on my taskbar. Well, it printed the entire black APP screen plus the coupon, which I did take with me to show my tech guy and ask how to do it. He didn't know, and they all laughed at my using half an ink cartridge to get the coupon........grrrrr. I had to laugh too.
I figured it out now; I hook up my old Windows 7 Netbook I used for travel, open the email and coupon in that, click Print, and out it comes on white paper, perfect. There must be a better way.........
Then I get an email from HP telling me they will soon have new laptops with Windows 7! Ah, too late.
Hope you are surviving winter, it's a bad one for the entire country. I am glad I am not driving to teaching gigs, or the airport at 5 a.m. on dicey roads.
Today I was organizing my photos, writing an article for American Quilter Magazine, and found the one, below, of my window in the room I often had at Asilomar where I taught for several years. I loved that window. I could relax after class and before dinner and evening events, feel the cool ocean air, smell the Monterey pines, and just "be."
Soon I hope to crank up my trusty Bernina and do a bit of quilting. I think Oliver would like to be back in "that room" again, looking out his two front windows, watching the world go by!
Keep quilting; don't let the cold grey days stop you. Your work gets better every day...