Sunday morning, Valentine’s Day, we woke up to -11 degrees F with a wind chill of -33. This morning it was only -11 with no wind. Tomorrow it is going up to 50. If this weather roller coaster is a crazy ride for us, I can’t imagine how the trees and plants are going to respond.
We have three walls of windows and have winter curtains made out of Warm Window fabric. It is like a blanket for the window. You cut the fabric, put a decorative cover fabric on it, and attach. If you live in cold country, have single pane windows or ones that need to be replaced, you might want to check it out. It insulates so well, the windows ice over. Questions? Feel free to ask.
When it’s cold I bake. It’s my theory that I need to bake so the heat from the oven adds warmth. Sounds good to me. Plus, if you’ve got to stay inside, you might as well have plenty of dessert. I made chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and a berry pie using raspberries and schwartzenberries* that we picked last summer and froze.
Last week, I made two pillows to match my paper piecing and quilt colors, finished my small rag quilt, and I read James Patterson’s “NYPD Red 4” and moved on to Michael Connelly’s “The Poet.”
During the cold, I’ve been thinking gardening. I’ve signed up for the MG Annual Conference in March, am looking over my order list for Stout Oak Farm’s organic veggie seedlings, and am really laboring over the Strafford County Conservation District plant sale order form. I’m also starting a blog for my local MG group. So, I’m gardening – it is just all mental. 🙂
What’s going on in your world this Presidents’ Day, and please tell me it is warm and sunny.
*Baker Creek Heirloom Rare Seeds: Blackberries (Scjhwartzenbeeren)
(Solanum nigrum) 75 days—Also called “blaubeeren.” Attractive 2- to 3-foot plants yield clusters of pea-sized black berries. Brought to Kansas by Volga German immigrants about 1875, and still appreciated by their descendants, who grow and use them in such traditional recipes as Kuchen, Maultaschen, Klump and Knebel . (Eat only fully ripe, dark blue-black berries showing no green.)
We brought out original seeds from Kansas when we moved. If you want seeds let me know because I have plenty to share. 🙂