NOTE: Apparently in the south part of Colorado there was an accumulation of up to fourteen inches. No doubt Denver had more than we did in Loveland so their caution was probably a good thing. We heard over 90 percent of flights for Denver had been cancelled Saturday evening.
Friday Leofwyna brought Moo Shu over for supper and we then we worked up another jigsaw puzzle. We had it more than three-quarters done with only the 'boring' woodwork left to do when we realized there was already at least five pieces missing. It was getting late so we decided to skip the boring bit and call it a night. Saturday I headed out to Weeping Water for Lonely Tower's Spring Fling event. I only went for part of the afternoon and court so I drove separate from Leofwyna as she was staying for feast. It's a nice laid back event and this year Master Gerald was there with his new dog competitions. I've been working all week on the green/cream log cabin in hopes of having a top by next Friday but Sunday afternoon the blocks still need another round each of cream, then green. I'm doubting there'll be a top but just maybe there will be a pile o'blocks for Friday.
Thursday I carried my pile of mail flotsom downstairs and got it sorted, bank statements balanced and a couple checks written out... only took four hours altogether as I had some trouble balancing the checkbook but it's done. Just gotta find the stamps and drop the checks in the mail.
Then, of course, both days I sifted through emails, blogs and some more genealogy making the hours disappear in a thoroughly comfortable way. I did start putting together a list of things I want to accomplish for the New Year so I must start curtailing some of the comfort so I can achieve some progress. More on that another time, I headed back to the genealogy page while Leofwyna was out as I knew I'd have to give up the computer when she got back this evening.
Late in the evening we pitched in together to move puzzles to the hidden shelves behind the entertainment center, then she put her vhs drawers in the bottom of the entertainment center and sorted our movie tapes into this storage. Various other sorting and dustings ensued until I wimped out and headed up to bed.
Tuesday we went out to visit a new resale shop and then Goodwill. Leofwyna used her 'knee' cart for this jaunt. Back at home we worked together to make a potato gratin and broccoli salad for supper and later started another jigsaw puzzle.
Monday when Leofwyna got up we couldn't find a movie we wanted to see so we changed our plans and stayed in with a thrown together supper and a jigsaw puzzle.
Leofwyna got both her normal workdays in and the entire add-a-shift. I was glad to hear her 'add' was an easy one-on-one with a compliant and drowsy elderly lady which allowed her a chunk of computer time. Saturday I put beef shanks in the crockpot which got boned out and the juices strained to add to a quart of ginger carrot soup out of the pantry for Sunday's supper. That was pretty good; we need to figure out where we got that soup so we can do it again and tweek it just a little. Next time I'd put some fresh ginger in with the beef.
I started another jigsaw puzzle Sunday night, concentrating on the outside edge, then water and pavement areas of the picture.
Today I put the boned pork cuts in the crock pot to go with a baked sweet potato and green beans for supper. We can use the leftovers for barbeque sandwiches this week. We finished up the jigsaw puzzle together then played a game of Scrabble.
At the two nearest thrift stores I found white linen and green cotton/linen tableclothes for future garb and found the trug I'd been watching was finally on half price sale. Back at home I finally heard a cardinal male singing in the neighborhood, making spring official.
I spent a quiet day Sunday thinking Leofwyna would want to do something this evening. Turned out she was on an add shift so I had a quiet evening too. Spent a great deal of time on the computer... more genealogy mostly, some job serches. Got the totes sorted and stacked in my bedroom; there's still lots in the living room to be sorted and priced for a rummage sale or put back (somewhere, somehow) in my room.
Sewed up Halftroll's linen pants and cut out his tunic during the afternoon. Delivered the pants at the social moot and loaded the loom for another piece of narrow trim.
It snowed all afternoon so we didn't go out at all; we got four inches. After "beanies and weins" for supper Leofwyna suggested doing another jigsaw puzzle together.
I got the drive and walks blown out this noon and swept off both vehicles. While I was out there I thought I saw a large bird chasing a little one but I'd just caught it out of the corner of my eye so I wasn't sure what I'd seen. Just a little later I saw the large hawk cruising around over the street and knew that was what I'd seen. Probably the little bird was a sparrow; I'd heard some 'chip, chip, chipping' in the brush. Perhaps the hawk has taken up residence in the area and that's why I haven't seen or heard any cardinals this year.
Later when I went out to get supper I had to sweep off the car again; good thing I'd pulled the van into the garage. Coming out of KFC I discovered I'd locked my keys in the car so I used my insurance call-in benefit for the first time, less than an hour later I was heading for the grocery store and home. I found both beef shanks and some boneless pork with manager's special stickers and I'm planning on pulling both crock pots out tomorrow.
Got out into the cold for A&S farble at the library followed by supper with the group at 9South Grill, then stopped for groceries on the way home. I 'specially needed fruit to go with the leftover cream cheese which I whipped up with a small jar of marshmallow creme. I found the most scrumptious pears for the purpose.
Finished last week's leftovers concluding with the Thanksgiving turkey, gravy and dressing tonight. Then we set up the Christmas tree. We're using the Cup of Christmas Tea theme this year with the collection of toy teapots and cups and discussed setting up Maude Doll and Jennifur Teddy in a tea party vignette.
Still working on genealogy and jigsaw puzzles, avoiding the cold outside.
Went for groceries so I could start the crockpot chili and make something for Yule Court potluck tomorrow. Stopped at the library to pick up books I'd requested; I'm still working my way through Jim Butcher's Dresdan File novels.
Basically much of my day was a repeat of yesterday, except I called the bank to cut off monthly checks to Worldworks and called Worldworks to arrange my refund. I also encountered the winter chill as I made a run to the grocery store, so I guess I'm starting the countdown for spring already, brrr. Oddly, I don't usually do that until AFTER Christmas.
Winter has definately arrived and I find myself immersed in hibernation mode already. At least I think that's why I'm getting in so much genealogy time which is what I did this afternoon. When Leofwyna got up this evening she heated up leftovers for supper and then took me off to a movie. Tonight it was Disney's Tangled, a delightful little interpretation of the Rapunzel story. As Leofwyna said, "That was a perfect movie." Back at home we continued with another jigsaw puzzle.
Spent most the afternoon making progress on the genealogy tree. It's going much smoother now I've figured out the program and I'll soon have that side of the family current and ready for further exploration.
When Leofwyna got up today it was already getting dark but we geared up with forehead flashlights and went out to clean the gutters before the next cold wave blows through overnight. With her going up the ladder and me being the ground crew we got it done fairly quickly and headed back in for Thanksgiving leftovers. We spent the evening with another jigsaw puzzle and got it completed before I headed up to bed.
I spent the day preparing for our turkeyday dinner... roasting the turkey, making apple crisp and dressing. When Leofwyna got up her part of it all was making the gravy, steaming the veggies and serving it up. We were just ready to dish it up when her work called saying, "Where are you?" Apparently she'd managed to mark her calendar wrong and she had to dash off and work tonight. So I ate, packed up lots of leftovers, washed the dishes and now I'm off for cat sitting duties which she took on this weekend and now I'm pitch-hitting.