Crazy as a Loom

Monday, January 24, 2011

Getting it right.

Well, the big news around here is that Glens Falls, NY, where I live, made the Today Show, for the temperature this morning, which was 30 degrees BELOW zero.
That is just SO NOT FUNNY.
My car started, which was good.  And when I pulled into the driveway at the studio, Bubbalee was in her solar house, waiting for me? waiting for the sun to get in position to give her some heat? or both.
I was relieved to see her, and to know that she made it through the night.
The bad news was that the cold water in the kitchen sink was frozen SOLID.
Good opportunity to clean under the sink, but a heater put in there did nothing to solve the problem.
So I called DH for help, and he came with a butane torch, and thawed it out in less than 5 minutes.  The pipe coming up through the floor, was about 6 inches from the cellar window, and that's right where it froze.  I am not complaining, it is the first time the water has frozen at the studio, in the five years that I have been there.
But in spite of the cold, the sunshine in the studio was brilliant.

See what I mean?
Every day I thank God for this.  For the chance to BE here, and WORK here.  I am so lucky.
And so grateful.
I might grumble on occasion, about this or that annoyance.
But pay no attention.  I am as happy as a person has any right to be.
And I love that you all come by, and share it with me.  Cause that's how it feels sometimes, when I read your comments.  It feels like you are here.
You encourage me, laugh with me, and oft times come up with a new perspective that I didn't even consider.  That's a bonus!
I just noticed that I have 171 followers.  That is incredible to me.  When I hit 200, it's time for a rug giveaway.  A Solmate Sock rug?  A 'Walkin' on Sunshine' rug?  A cottage look fabric rug? An Adirondack Lodge rug?  A blue jean rug?
You tell me.  Gotta have a plan.

Now I've told you that I am on a soup kick, and I just made another one.  This may be my all time favorite.
I used to make all kinds of 'mystery' soups, all meat based.  But since I haven't eaten meat in almost 2 years, a good soup without meat is what I'm talking about.
So I made this lentil soup with sweet potatoes and spinach, that I found over at Two Peas and Their Pod.  You can find the recipe HERE.  I LOVE this soup.  It rocks!  I ate TWO bowls for lunch.

  And I am having it for lunch tomorrow, too.   The best part, it's EASY to make.   I love that part.

I finished the blue jean warp, one 2x3, two 2x4's, and one 2x6.  Done.
Then I put another warp on.
I often put multi colored warps on, but if you have 18 spools on of varied colors, and then you use the same spools on each section of the warp, even though it is multicolored, it still consists of 18 colors repeated several times.
But today, I got out the box of partial spools, leftovers from other projects.  I put 18 spools on the spool rack, and then as each of them run out, I randomly grab another.  And I do the same for every single section.  So THIS is really a multicolored warp.  
You don't exactly know what you're going to get.  But it is usually good.

I love this part.  It is just joyful.
Thirty below zero.   You can't touch me.
Cause this is PRICELESS.


Anonymous said...

I'm feelin' your cold. That's the temp it's been here in Minnesota. Glad to hear Bubbalee survived the cold. I'ts got to be rough on those animals who have to spend the night out in those elements.
Nothing like a great tasting bowl of soup on a sub-zero day.
Stay warm.

Country Girl said...

Darn, it is COLD here but NOTHIN' like you have up there in NY, Hilary. Yes, you are truly blessed to have this purpose and to work in that atmosphere. And I would like the chance to win any of those rugs. Have people choose their favorite and if their name is drawn, that's what they'll win.

Acorn to Oak said...

30 below zero?! Yikes! I can't even imagine what that feels like...but, then again, maybe I don't want to. Stay warm! What a wonderful, sunshiney studio! It looks like a great place to create! The new warp looks beautiful. :-)

LA said...

Love the new warp. And, doesn't it feel good to use up some of the leftovers!!!! Yes, I was surprised this morning on the Today Show when they announced the temperature in Glen Falls...bless your heart!!!

KarenInTheWoods said...

Yup.. i just wound a warp with every color under the sun and kept adding in new ones as each ran out. It's JOYFUL!

Hope you get warmer soon... I am blowing the warmth your way as fast as I can. That was our weather last week, but we are slowly warming up a bit here. So will keep huffing and puffing it over your way!
Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Karen said...

30 BELOW????.... I'm griping at zero.

As for your give-away rug, I love the sound of the cottage look fabric rug.

Stay Warm!! And be on the lookout for a big white box of... ummm... cold stuff.

Darlene said...

Hmm, and I was feeling sorry for myself because it was only 15 above today! Guess I better knock it off, huh?

A rug give-away? Oh yeah! I couldn't even choose, I love 'em all!

Stay warm!

joyceetta said...

I didn't see The Today Show, but I heard this morning on NPR that upstate NY was experiencing 30+ minus 0. (did I say that correctly?) Anyway, I wondered if that included you....and I thought of Bubbalee! I'm in Iowa and it is cold....but not anywhere near 30 below! I'm going to try the lentil soup this weekend. Stay warm. Love that sunshine! You are blessed and I know you know it.

Leonora said...

I do love your last photograph. I can see why you love to be in your studio. We're from NY, transplanted in Virginia, but I clearly remember the bone-chilling winters. We lived in an old house in Saratoga for a while and our bathroom pipes froze very winter. Think how glorious spring will be when it arrives!

claudia said...

I refuse to tell you the temperature here where I am.
When I started reading your post, I realized that a good part of the reason I come here every day is because there is a peaceful feeling that comes over me when I read what you write.
You give me a nice soft spot in my day!
That soup looks delicious.

DebbieB said...

Glad BubbaLee has found you, with your warm solar house and warm heart.

And I worry about the cats in my neighborhood when the temps drop to the 40's (that's ABOVE zero) here in New Orleans. Their owners (?) don't shelter them at night. My kitties (all 6 of them) are spoiled rotten inside-only-cats, because I worry about cars/dogs/parasites/cold/etc. It's 60 (ABOVE) today, so they're all safe.


30 below!!! damn I'm bitching about 55* this morning. We're heating up to 75* then dropping to 38* again, with us it's a rollercoaster.

I hope you, the pipes, the kitties and your looms thaw out soon sending some sunshine from Florida your way!

Anonymous said...

I love the look of your studio with your Cranbrook. To me looms are like art. Cold here in Indiana too. Think spring! Weaving bright colors in the winter makes me happy.

Restless Knitter said...

I don't envy your 30 below. I get a headache when it's too cold. I think it's because of the teeth chattering :)

Thanks for the link to the soup.

Peg Cherre said...

Just a note - I'm sure you have LOTS of followers like me. I read you every day, but am not an official "follower" - lack of true high speed keeps me from taking this step. But let me assure you that you are one of a small handful (less than 10) blogs that I read that faithfully. You are always a pleasure to read, and to look at. Keep it up!

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