Friday, January 9, 2015

5 Ways to Beat Old Man Winter!!

"Baby it's cold outside" is an underrrrrrrstatement! Sorry my teeth are still chatterrrrring. Geesh.... I don't know who ticked off Old Man winter but somebody musta tinkled in his Corn Flakes!  We ( mostly my dear sweet darling hubby) has been scurrying around trying to take care of all of our critters! Just keeping water thawed in the troughs has been a challenge!

Even the kittens are annoyed with this cooold weather... Dexter usually drinks out of this bucket but of course it is frozen too.... And Isabelle doesn't even want to be out here!

But I have found a few ways to beat the cold!

1. A crock pot of hearty home made vegetable soup with piping hot cornbread
2. A BIG mug of hot cocoa
3. Some hand sewing with my favorite Aurifil threads ( block for my Bee mate for January)



4. I Added a rainbow to the foot of the bed ( my Scrappy trips Around the World quilt) I swear it made the room feel warmer :)

and

5. A Good book!

Now if I could just find the electric blanket I might could get my toes thawed out!
  So how do you beat the winter's chill? All helpful hints are greatly appreciated! I hope yall are staying warm wherever you are and getting to do a little stitching!
xo jan
Linking up with Kathy at Slow Stitching Sunday!


16 comments :

  1. Well Jan, I live in Niagara Falls. I want to go to the Falls a take some pictures this weekend because our recent cold snap has made the Falls even more breath taking. If the wind dies down I think I will be able to. My favorite pastime is to sit at my machine and look out the window at my bird feeders and at our little pond while I piece a quilt top. Then I grab a hot chocolate and sit by the fireplace snuggled under a quilt with a new quilt magazine! Just how many days until spring?

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  2. I've seen the bitter cold on the news. Hopefully this will break soon. When it does, we will have a chance at some rain in California. So warmer weather for you means the jet stream changes and perhaps we can get a "Pineapple Express". (That is the moist air directly from Hawaii). Keep you and yours warm and healthy.

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  3. Brrr, you are correct, it's cold outside! I do love me some warm weather; I'm a southern gal! Countin the days til springtime.
    Hot cocoa, hot tea, or java....just give me a BIG mug to hold when I'm not sewing (or computing)...lol
    Love, Jacque (aka Snoodles)

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  4. Extremes on opposite sides of the world - we have just had temps of 40+ celcius!!

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  5. You've got some awfully nice ways to beat the cold - your rainbow quilt is a beauty, and I love your EPP block! Stay warm :)

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  6. Oh, yes, I was running out a couple times a day to check the water. Brrrr. Just love that cheerful quilt!

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  7. We have heated water bucketsr in the barn....also water tubs in the fields..there are various kinds and not expensive to run. I have destroyed my right ankle from about 55years of kicking frozen buckets to break out the ice.....

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  8. I hope things will warm up for your area. In my area it's 11 above with a real feel of -5, that's an improvement over real feel of -28 the past few days, coupled with snow. We have a heated birdbath that the birds, squirrels, and feral cats share. We cut holes in our shed for the cats and bought blankets from Goodwill. They have baskets above ground. I do get more sewing and crocheting done in the winter unless the snow doesn't give us a break like last year. I hand shovel our long drive and last year I was too exhausted. I finished the Basement Quilt book but won't be reading another one from that author. It just wasn't my cup of tea and that dinner party at Anne's aunt and uncle-well, I just wasn't raised that way. I'm back to reading "The Cat Who" series by Lilian Jackson Braun so I can enjoy my reading time. I drink Hot Cocoa while reading too. I had high hopes of the basement quilt but that was dashed pretty quickly but I continued to the end hoping it would improve. I'm working on a twist of Quilt in a Day's "Geese in the Garden" but I'm calling mine "Geese eating bugs in my Garden" because I'm using Bugaboo fabric and will applique some of the bugs onto my flowers. I do hand sewing and crochet in the evening into the night so I'm working on my first POTC, a colonial lady embroidery block and crocheting mini doilies. How do people get bored? Guess they don't have any hobbies.

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  9. I have been busy trying to keep cool! It was 41C in our back yard a day or two back, and for those who aren't into centigrade that is 105F. The air con in my workroom is out of action and possibly terminal. Boo Hoo. So totally unable to work there after about 3pm.
    You can add another jumper if its cold, or a scarf or some ear muffs, but boy there is a limit to what you can take off!

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  10. What a sweet post. Glad you are handling the frigid temps. We, in California, are having above normal temps but hoping for some wintry weather next week. Crazy extremes from one side of the country to the other, right? Your rainbow quilt is adorable.

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  11. Hope the weather calms down a bit for you soon! We've been lucky here in the UK not as bad as last year (touch wood) but still chilly. Layers and hot water bottle! Love the fabrics used in the Lucy block!

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  12. smartwool socks.....better than sliced bread....unless i wear wool socks my mum made for me....it's the best thing LL Bean sells....lightweight smartwool socks....

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  13. Love your new Lucy block! And one of my favorite meals, soup and cornbread!

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  14. All great ideas... I would add to wear an undershirt, have lots of fashionable scarves to keep your neck warm, and an electric heating pad to place on whatever body part needs thawing out!
    And of course, snuggling up in quilts while hand stitching!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  15. Nothing like down for keeping warm. Jackets, vests, comforters, anything! Once you get them warm, they stay warm. Love down! The Senior Blonde from Wyoming

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  16. Instead of an electric blanket I have an electric mattress pad - it warms from underneath instead of from the top. I absolutely love it! blessings, marlene

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