My Morning

So it’s back to school today (yesterday being off for MLK Day), and I woke up to this . . .

The view from my back window

The view from my back window

I’ve said it many times – what our house lacks in house, it makes up for in property.  This is why I love living here, and, believe me, my shoddy photography skills do not do the view justice.  I absolutely love watching the various wildlife out back, and we regularly see quite a bit – deer, fox, raccoon, opossum, etc – not to mention birds.  We currently have a pair of red-tailed hawks that have recently taken up residence.

So, my backyard tends to be a calming influence – very often necessary.  Let me tell you about my morning.

As I mentioned, it was back to school this morning.  Generally, I walk my daughter to the bus stop, but on cold mornings, I drive her to school – mostly because I’m not too keen to take the baby along out there to stand in the cold.  Today was one of those mornings.  No problem.  I had my coat on, Jazzy had her coat on.  I was just about to get the baby’s coat on, when I started smelling a smell.  Not a problem, we still had plenty of time.  I’d just get him changed.  Well, it was one of his messier ones.  Not “you have to get in the bathtub right now messy”, but still yuckky – took slightly longer than normal, BUT, we did manage to get him cleaned up, coat on, and we all headed out to the car.  Whereupon my daughter said, “Mommy – the door’s frozen shut.”  Yup – all four doors – not a one of them would open.  So . . . back in the house with the baby, and back out to the car with some warm water.  Got the doors unstuck.  Got the baby back out of the house, and got everyone into their seats.  It was only then that I noticed that the thin glaze of frost on the car windows was slightly more than a glaze, and would need to be scraped.  Car on, defrosters running and back out with the scraper, only to find that this particular frost was frozen really solid and was not easily scrapable.  I did the best I could and then hopped back in the car to wait for the rest to soften up enough that we would be able to see to drive.  (As a side note, I realized that my car’s back defrosters work much, much better than the front, and I’m wondering why no one got the bright idea to make the front work the same as the back).  And, yes, by now it was getting a bit later, but there was still plenty of time – I’d just need to drop Jazzy to the door closest to her classroom rather than the main school door.

So, everyone is in the car, we can see out of the windows, and out we go.  The only problem is that you have to drive up a hill to exit our driveway, and although the snow was very thin, it was also very slippery.  Nope – couldn’t back up.  Managed to get the car turned around so I could exit frontways, and still had problems.  After about the third try, and with great jubilation, we managed to get out of the driveway and off to school.  Jazzy made it there with 7 minutes to spare too – WOO HOO!  But yes, I do realize that it would have been a lot easier just to truck ourselves out to the bus stop.  Oh well.  Live and learn.

It’s still all good.  This weekend was Bubba’s birthday – I can’t believe it’s been an entire year – it flew by.  We’ve postponed the party a couple of weeks until the house will (theoretically) have room to hold more than four people at a time.  In the meantime, he did enjoy his cake:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

And, for those of you looking for knitting content.  My Facebook Scarf Exchange buddy did receive her scarf, so I can now post a picture:

Scarf Exchange Scarf

Scarf Exchange Scarf

Please forgive the sunglare.  I was about to put this in the shipping envelope when I realized I hadn’t taken a picture, so I pulled it out and snapped a quickie shot – using a different camera too, since my regular camera was being used elsewhere.  So here it is.  I’ve decided I love this pattern, which can be found here.  It’s called “Brooke’s Column of Leaves,” and it comes up so pretty. Plus, once you get the pattern memorized (8 row repeat), it flys by!

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SCARF!!!!

So back before Christmas, I signed up for Facebook’s 1st annual scarf exchange.  I figured, not a big deal – I can whip up a scarf pretty quickly.  Never mind that the deadline was Jan 15th – yes, right after the holidays.  Still not a big deal, except that I got the “worst headcold ever” right at New Years.  Yuck!  Still, everything went fine, my scarf has been completed, blocked (yes, blocked too – are you amazed?), and will wing its way to my scarf buddy in Connecticut this afternoon – YEA!  I’ll post pictures and more information after she actually receives it.

However . . .

I’ve decided that God must have been smiling upon me when he gave my name to JillC (RavName).  She gave me the heads up that my scarf was on its way, so I had an idea when it would arrive in my mailbox. BUT, I was not expecting the wondrous package of color and softness that greeted me.  Upon opening the envelope, I found the scarf wrapped in green tissue and tied with a lovely bit of fall-color yarn.  Then, I untied the knot, and there it was . . . <<sharp intake of breath here>>  because, the first thing that caught my eye (besides the fabu colors) was the little tag that said . . . . (are you ready?) . . . (wait for it) . . . . MALABRIGO!  <<AAAAHHHHH – that’s the Angel Choir singing>>  Yes – the absolute most wonderful, softest, cushiest wool EVER!!!  And the colors are so beautiful – all greens and golds and oranges.  I absolutely love it!  It’s so warm and cushy.  And especially perfect because it’s supposed to go down to 20 DEGREES on Friday!!!!  (OK – I know if you’re from Canada, 20 degrees probably doesn’t sound all that bad, but around her, it’s COLD!)

Oh, you want to SEE it? . . .

OK – HERE

Most Wonderful Scarf Ever!

Most Wonderful Scarf Ever!

Aren’t you jealous?????

Don’t you wish you had one just like it????

Mmmmmmmmm – I think I’m going to go wrap it around my neck again.

THANKS JILL!!!