Sunday, January 11, 2009
A Practically Perfect Weekend
Some weekends are just better than others and this was one of them.
I had a list of things that I wanted to get done, but when two days of crystal blue sunshine greeted us, I was ready to toss the list aside, just to revel in the beauty that can be winter.
Luckily, since there are more hours for me in a day than there are for my wonderful husband, I was able to do much of the list while he slept in. I've written before of my love of mornings - taking a cup of coffee to the future studio and working for an hour or so until he is up and around. And so this weekend, I got a bit of hooking done before he was ready to get going.
The first picture above is for a colour-planning workshop I am doing next Saturday. I had already put the plan together and chosen my "worms" so my morning task was to create an inch mat and put the colours into it as a demo for the class. I have a few more to add this week, but that was my first one and I was curious to see how it would come together. The good news is the answer is "quickly".
The second picture is what I worked on this morning with coffee. I finished the water in Totem 40. I actually was able to steal an hour yesterday afternoon, so between then and this morning, I got more sky in and finished the water. Look at how the sunshine pours in the window across the work. Isn't that beautiful. I guess we haven't had a ton of sunshine lately, because I was positively euphoric at the sight of it.
Yesterday was so beautiful that we decided to don our skis and have our annual, inaugural ski on the lake. We have seen lots of snowmobiles whizzing by and determined it must be safe for us. And I'm sure we were, but a couple of slushy patches sent us scurrying back home, so our outing was cut short.
Undaunted, we headed for the nearby Cross Country Club instead and did an 8 km trail there. Add that to the time we were on the lake - and figure that it is our first time out this year and you can quickly add up to two tuckered idiots. I was positive we were going to pay big time this morning with very sore bodies. Thankfully, that was not the case and we went for a long walk this morning, just to make sure we had worked the kinks out.
All weekend long, I was hypnotized by the incredible shadows the sun was creating everywhere (boy, we really musn't have had much sun lately). How blue they are. How amazingly white the snow is - a wonderful juxtaposition to our ugly brown sludge in the city. I took this picture through the sliding doors just to share it with you.
I love the days at the cottage. There aren't so many chores beckoning to me. And there aren't a million errands waiting to be run. So I can squeeze a lot into a day. And love every minute of it. Not to mention a practically perfect weekend.