Thursday, February 4, 2021

Stitching, Baking and Snow

We had quite a lot of snow here on Long Island. I was up at 5 am and took this photo. The snow had begun the night before. This is not a black and white photo, just early morning.

Later in the afternoon our deck looked like this. 

Sorry about the funky shadows, but you get the idea. There was a lot more snow!

Hubby and I hired someone to clear our snow this time. We are getting somewhat older now. I did have to shovel a bit at mom's as I couldn't find someone to do her house. Everyone was overbooked. Thankfully her neighbor helped out with his snowblower. I had to check on her house, because her heat went out twice in two days. It appears that the serviceman fixed in with his second visit.

Those two snow days helped me get some crafting and baking done. I also managed to get some little chores completed that I have been putting off.

First, I sewed the seam on my crocheted Breezy Infinity Scarf. 

Isn't it pretty. Ignore the messy night table in the background please.
A close-up of the pretty lacy pattern.
I will probably wear it next week when the weather is supposed to be frigid again and my daughter's bedroom where I work will be cool despite having the heat on.

I also spent some of each day baking. On Monday I made the sponge needed to make Ciabatta bread from Brown Eyed Baker. I finished the breads on Tuesday. They came out somewhat flat (probably because I left them to rise on a counter that was cold), but they are delicious.
They were a great accompaniment to my homemade Beef Barley soup. Yum!
I also made some apple muffins. They are tasty, but a little dry. I think I will find a different recipe next time. 

I have also had plenty of time to stitch on October Morning. I have added grass and red and blue flowers along the bottom.

Here is a close-up.
I also made some progress in cutting out fabric for the quilt I want to make for my daughter and her husband. I needed to cut out 392 rusty red diamonds. Here are just a few of them.
Next up is cutting all of the beige pieces. There are 784 diamonds as well as lots trapezoids. 
Here's hoping for a few more snow days this winter!
Only kidding.....or not.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. the snow looks pretty but yes so much shoveling involved - totally understand hiring someone to do it as you get older and nice when some with snowblowers will help out others. My brother is in northern Maryland and they had 13 inches he shoveled his sidewalk and steps leading to the porch but a nice neighbor uses his snow blower to clear the driveway and the front sidewalk - my brother says he won't accept money for doing it so he usually buys him a case of beer :)

  2. Look at your snow ,it does look pretty.
    Nice scarf pretty stitch and color.
    Your stitching is growing every time.
    Enjoy your week.

  3. Your scarf is very pretty! October Morning is much bigger than initially thought when you started it. I love all of the little details. There sure are a lot of pieces in your daughter’s quilt! Stay safe and warm

  4. it is very pretty! I love the laciness. that bread looks amazing!!!

  5. That’s a lot of snow! It’s nice to have the excuse to just sit and stitch. Your scarf is beautiful. Love the color. You really made nice headway on your cross stitch too. Good luck with all those little quilt pieces.

  6. That is a lot of snow although it does look pretty. You seem to be keeping yourself busy with your craft projects. Love the lacy scarf so pretty and a beautiful colour.

  7. I Just LOVE your finished infinity scarf... if you daughters bedroom is cooler than others.... get a little space heater to add warmth to the room for you though... you gotta work there ...shouldn't cost too much energy to do that just for work times :)
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your progress on the printed cross stitch church in autumn... and your bread baking is awesome too!
    Stay warm and enjoy your snow if you are getting some from today's cold spell again! Kathi

  8. My teeth are chattering just looking at your photos! Gosh, that is a ton of snow! Your infinity scarf is so pretty and it looks as if it will keep you cosy and warm. Such a gorgeous pattern and colour. AND.....I am so happy to see October Morning; love this gorgeous cross stitch. My goodness that is a lot of diamonds you have cut out and so many more to come....and trapezoids you say. Oh my, just the very word "trapezoid" makes my head spin. I hope your dear mum is okay. It would be such a worry trying to get on top of clearing all the snow. Oh....I forgot...I didn't even notice the "messy night table"....I was too busy oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous blue and white quilt on the bed. =) Take care and keep warm, lovely Cathi.

  9. Beautiful blue scarf, Cathie. You made great progress with the cross stitching projects. Stay warm because there is a lot of snow outside, oh my!

  10. That is a lot of snow! Clearing it is always a chore. Your infinity scarf is so pretty - I loved the close-up of the pattern. Yummy bread - sounds good with soup! The perfect meal for wintry weather!

  11. Hi ~ enjoyed taking a peek at this posting. I love everything you've been working on. Loe the October Morning and the quilt start is intriguing. I want to see more :) The scarf - lovely and the color wonderful! Boy you're getting clobbered there on the east coast. I have lots of family still there in NY. (I was raised in Wantagh) Smart to hire someone to help with the snow removal. Thank goodness for snow blowers too :)


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