No Gardening Yet!

Spring garden fever has started to set in here at Goneaway Quilting!  Yesterday in the mail I received a catalog from a seed and plant company.   So pretty, the cover had Creeping Red Sedum, Asparagus, Blackberries…. all sorts of things to tempt the gardener to venture forth.

But alas, Mother Nature has decreed there will be no gardening done yet!  Although the road is clear (what I can see of it from my front yard), and the driveway is mostly clear (there’s still one ice patch at the top of the hill); my garden area is nowhere near workable.  Heck, it’s hardly walkable!

See how the front yard is clear?  And the north side of the house where the big garden is, well that’s not snow exactly.  Underneath there is a layer of snow still probably, but the top of it is covered by really nasty stuff.  Nasty stuff that, in all honesty, terrifies me.  What is on top you ask as it doesn’t look like anything but snow?   It’s more of this:

ICE!   Yes, we still have ice in areas.  Ice on the north side of the house, ice in the gardens, ice on my azaleas and evergreens:

Ice on the back step to the yard and gardens, nasty, nasty ice!

The weatherman says that by Tuesday we will be in the low 50’s with rain!!!!!   Wonderful, wonderful RAIN!!!!!    Oh the excitement, it might actually finish melting and wash away all this nasty ice!!!

In the meantime I’ll have to satisfy my gardening desires by fixing a hot beverage and browsing that catalogue I received yesterday and dreaming of the day it’s warm enough to open the pool.

Iredell Heart Ball 2011

As a Statesville area artist, I have been asked to donate a piece of art to the 2011 Iredell Heart Ball benefiting the American Heart Association.  As this is one of the charities that I choose to support, I of course said yes.  Then the decision to be made, which piece?

After quite some deliberation, I have chosen “Summer Dreams” as the piece I am donating to the event:

Summer Dreams is one of the very few abstract pieces I have ever made and I hope it is a profitable piece for the local AHA chapter.

At this time, the only event details I have are the date, February 26, 2011.  I’ll post more details as I have more but here’s a link to the local chapter page of the AHA.

New Years Traditions

New Years Day is here once again and has me thinking this morning about New Years traditions.  I’m seeing a lot of posting on Facebook about New Years menu traditions.  We don’t have a “menu” tradition in this house, but we do seem to have one tradition and it’s all my fault!

Every year at the holidays, I like to have the tree lit on New Years Eve.  I think it lights the room so nicely and as you know by now, I love the gentle light it gives off, it’s so relaxing.

As I was talking with my mom this morning on the phone, she asked what I was doing today.  My response was “taking the tree down, packing up the decorations and then some sewing and knitting”.  Mom’s quick response to me was something to the effect of  “of course you’re taking the tree down, you do that every New Year’s Day”.   And that ‘s when it hit me…..we DO have a New Years tradition in this house, and it’s one that brings me a feeling of freshness and preparedness for the year to come.

That tradition is ORGANIZATION!   Every New Year’s Day I take down the tree, pack up the decorations, clean and re-organize the house for the months to come.  This year I started a bit early, I started on New Year’s Eve.   No, I didn’t take down the tree, as I mentioned, I love the gentle lights bringing in the New Year with their quiet glow.

What I did do was to buy a tower of plastic organization drawers for my yarn.  Yes, I have that much yarn that it needs organized.  Or maybe it’s not that I have that much yarn, maybe it’s just that I need even a small hobby to be organized for me to enjoy it.  Hmm, I must think about that; but not today, today I will be finding a home for this:

Isn’t it great!  It’s plastic, so it’s lightweight if I need to move it.  It’s stackable, so I can organize the yarn just by moving the drawers to a different spot in the tower WITHOUT having to unload the drawer and reload a different one.  And it was on SALE at Target yesterday.  The holes in the fronts of the bins allow air flow, and I can see what I have at a glance.

Of course after it was loaded with my yarns, I realized I have lots of yarn to knit with, probably an entire year’s worth or even more!  Most of it is sock weight yarns (the top 4 drawers), so I’m well stocked for the YOSS2011 group on Ravelry.

Now to just get off the computer, take down the tree, pack away the decorations, clean the hardwood floor, move the oak rocker and THEN get this moved against the wall into it’s temporary final location.  (It will get moved again when the studio remodel is done.)

So, what type of New Year’s Day traditions do you have, besides food/menu traditions?