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Cold, Cold, Cold

Posted by mrssmythe on January 6, 2018 in Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

The past week has been frigid, to say the least, and Thursday we had nearly a foot of snow dumped on us. Most things shut down. Meanwhile, CPT A battled our ailing snow blower, pausing in his plowing to perform multiple repairs to its tires and drive spring…he even slogged to Home Depot at one point for shear pins. CPT A did not have a restful snow day.

I, however, spent much of the day knitting, though this isĀ not what I was working on:

This is Ginger’s Christmas vest, which I finished at five o’clock on Christmas Eve and which she wore to services that night. She wore it unblocked (for non-knitters, this is the equivalent of sewing a garment and throwing it on without first ironing it). I would have preferred to have it debut in pristine form, but she was so excited, I let her pop it over head right away.

For anyone interested in knitting something similar, I used Nancy Lindberg’s Pullover Vest pattern – a versatile document that works for children’s vests sizes 2-12. I knit Ginger a 12 and lengthened it about an inch and a half. I think you could even use this pattern for a petite adult. The pattern gives instructions for knitting a crew neck vest, as well, and gives two different methods for construction.

Ginger loves the vest and has joined me in believing that sweater vests are wonderful garments – just the thing for keeping warm without overheating.

Now, back to the snowstorm.

Later Thursday evening (after the snow blower was put away and CPT America finally got to sit down), we had a surprise visitor: a Southern Flying Squirrel.

(The bird feeder, by the way, was yet another thing kept drift free by CPT A on Thursday).

We’d never seen one of these in person before – I suspect partly because they are nocturnal. But, as of this writing, we’ve seen him two nights in a row. It’s been a treat to observe his dainty ways (he’s a very tidy eater) and to see him glide (he makes adorable snow angels when he lands); also to note how he differs from the other squirrels we see. He has a flat, rather than fluffy, tail, and enormous eyes. I imagine the tail is for gliding, and the eyes help him to see at night.

It’s nice to have these little bright spots in days that have been incredibly cold and, at times, pretty miserable. We’ll be very happy to see more normal temperatures return.

From the dining room table, wanting to leave you with one last wintry image:

Mrs. Smythe

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