That was my view Tuesday morning looking up our driveway from the start of it. I walked down to check the road and remembered to take the camera. We added a fresh foot and a half to our already hefty snow amounts.
Snow pack this year is up to just about normal and the water content is at 114%. Good news really, because this is when we "make hay" for fire season. The valley loves it since they draw much of their irrigation water from the Talent Irrigation System, which runs behind our property. We love it because the longer it lasts, the later our fire season starts.
Of course it had it's minuses too. I was supposed to go to town for some Peter medication and a fun event at Fabric of Vision Tuesday night. I baled on it. It just wasn't worth the drive back up after 9:00 p.m. considering the poor condition of our road and driveway.
Sewing came to a screeching halt due to iron failure.
It had been on it's last legs and finally went kaput Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon the new iron I ordered from Amazon arrived and Thursday it was packed up for return. What is it about irons that make good ones so hard to find? This Black & Decker Classic model had a lot going for it, right until you tried to iron with it.
The aluminum sole plate, drags and sticks, nothing like the metal sole plates of old that were smooth and seemed to glide over the fabric. In a word, it sucked. So part of yesterdays town run included a stop at the local Bi-Mart for another iron.
I picked up a T-Fal model. We'll see how it goes today when I finish up that blue summer tunic. Exciting stuff I know....
While I was ironless, I did manage to complete the tie up and do some test weaving on that ancient towel warp. I tried different weight wefts and decided that balanced was the best and will wind some 8/2 cotton to get this warp moving again. Woof woof!
Now you know how conservative I am with my fabric choices.. So it should come as no surprise that I fell head over heels in love with this funny, funky Japanese print on light canvas.
I scooped up 3 yards and it was a good thing too, because the bolt was gone within 48 hours.
The animal skin print and dark brown solid are both cotton jersey and you know, I'm thinking I could use a bit of that big cat print with the canvas fabric. Just wait and see if I don't! ;)
That dang black tom scared me out of at least one life, again on Tuesday when snow muffled my morning trek from house to barn. I opened the tack room door and there he was. He flew all over the room and then hissing and snarling headed right for me. In the blink of an eye he was gone through the space between me and the door frame, but I have to admit he took me completely by surprise. The raccoons and skunks at least freeze for a moment or two so we can all get our bearings and politely make way. The barn cats too were just as taken aback. They craned their necks over the snow bank he leapt (in a single bound!), no doubt wondering whatever got into him!
And finally, Mr. Fox visited our front deck again yesterday morning. Gene spied him. I was sadly in the shower. But on the way to town I got my own treat, two handsome coyotes crossing the road around mile post 11 on Highway 66. We hear them sometimes but up here in the vast woods, rarely see them.