Saturday, February 9, 2013

Not a Bad Little Storm Up Here

 I'd rather see flowers white as snow right now. . . .

I know the East Coast took a pounding last night, with many places getting over 2 feet of snow.  We topped out around 10-12" locally, with lots of drifting.  The Princess went off to her 4H activity this morning, her first sleep-away "camp" experience.  Her best friend is on the trip with her; I'm sure they'll have a great time.  Safety Guy and Tech Guy were both feeling bleh and dragged out this morning, so they decided to pass on the outdoors Scouts activities today.  Fighting a cold and standing outside in a single-digit wind chill in a foot or more of snow just didn't seem like a good idea for either of them.

 Echinacea 'White Swan' - such a pretty, simple flower.

It was a long, long week at school - busy and productive, but still with its own stresses.  It looks like the teacher I'm subbing for will be out at least for a few more weeks, quite possibly more, so I'm just taking it a week at a time while still planning as if I'll be here longer.  I know the kids miss their "real" teacher, but we're getting along okay and having some fun along the way, so I can't really ask for more than that.

 A white peony - unfortunately, I can't remember its name. 

My art is at a complete standstill, and I've been thinking about putting my Etsy shop on vacation for a couple weeks so I don't have to think about it.  Right now it's just one more thing I can't get ahead on, and I don't have the time to put into it.  I have been enjoying looking at stuff on Etsy, just feeding my aesthetic eye so to speak - mostly jewelry right now.  Turquoise, peridot, silver, rough diamonds, baroque pearls, handmade and including recycled metal, just lovely things I can imagine wearing.  That's why it's called a "wish list," right? 

 Lilac 'Krasavitsa Moskvy' ("Beauty of Moscow").

The Princess has a birthday coming up fairly soon, and she has asked for a European-style charm bracelet like the one Tech Guy gave me for Christmas, so I've gotten her a bracelet and a handful of charms.  Now that she's out for the day, I think I'll put that together.  Thankfully, she doesn't read my blog, but I'm still pretty sure she knows I've been working on a bracelet for her since I asked her about charms a couple weeks ago and we spent some time picking out our favorites from several shops, "just for fun." She's also asked for a real jewelry box.  No doubt about it, she's growing up.

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