Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More winter survival tips



This one is easy for those of us in Rochester...Lamberton Conservatory at Highland Park. They keep it so warm that I always make sure to wear layers, because I will get too hot in my usual wool sweater. I love going there to read, knit, and even nap (though I'm not sure how the other visitors feel about that...it's hard not to fall asleep when it's so incredibly warm.)

Surely there is some place where you live where you can have contact with real live blooming plants!



Monday, February 16, 2009

The bleak mid-winter


Although I promised not to complain about winter, I will tell you a little about some ways that T. and I have found to survive it. It gets a little harder in February, when the color of the sky is gray...really, it is not just gray, it is the very incarnation of grayness. It could not be any grayer. If it were any grayer it would be black. (The picture above was taken on a rare day of relative blueness.)



This picture, on the other hand, was taken at an indoor water park in Niagara Falls, Canada. T. and I went there and enjoyed being in a place warm enough to wear a swimsuit. This slide is the little kids' area, but there were also tons of big people slides, not to mention two adults only whirlpools. This is not normally the kind of place that we would think to vacation, but given that it's more in keeping with our budget than a trip to the Caribbean, it was a feasible way to keep from going nuts during our eternal winter (oops, is that complaining?)

The next day, we walked across the street and saw this.


(That's a little closer to the gray we're used to seeing.) The falls were majestic, even with all the ice.

I never thought I'd be one of those people celebrating Valentine's Day at Niagara Falls, but there you have it. Seriously, we had a lot of fun!

As a side note, the Canadian bellhop (who stood by the elevator and chatted with us as we waited for the one working elevator to come...we don't pay people to do things like that in the U.S., unfortunately) said how much he's enjoyed this winter because it reminds him of the winters when he was a kid.

We could learn a lot from the Canadians.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wordle of the day

Wordle: Handcrafted Life

My friend Jason led me to this cool tool to create a Wordle. Mine is based on my blog. I really like the fact that "nature" is the biggest word.

Click here to see it larger.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Why buttonholes are gendered

No time for a real post, right now...but I promise one soon!

Meanwhile, you must read what the Yarn Harlot has to say about buttonholes.

I promise you non-knitters that it has very little to do with knitting and a great deal to do with social history.

Not to mention I love a good rant.


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