I'd like to say that I've been taking advantage of the 2-foot snow drifts by breaking out cross-country skis or snow shoes and making fresh tracks in the powdery snow. But I'm not. Instead, I'm in full-blown hibernation mode.
Between my extra busy days at work, the holiday rush, an awful head cold, the shorter daylight hours and the frigid temps, I have to force myself out of bed or off the couch. If there's a plus side, it's that I've finally caught up on my TiVo recordings of "The Office" and "Glee." I probably shouldn't be bragging about that, though.
I came home from work early on New Year's Eve and saw my backyard in the daylight for the first time in weeks. Everything is covered in at least a foot or two of snow.
I'm conducting an informal neighborhood contest to see which house on my block has the largest icicle. I'd say we're winning the contest, hands down, with this giant icicle. I'm thinking it's got to be at least 4-feet long. Of course, my husband reminds me that's not a contest we should be proud of winning. It means that the insulation in our roof, which we added when we first moved in five years ago, isn't doing its job. Also not a good thing to see a giant icicle hugging the power line to our house.
And although this may be a few days late, I do have some New Year's resolutions I'd love to put down in writing. I'm already a fitness junkie, so my resolutions have more to do with my homemaking goals than my health goals (although I think those two things go together for me).
Here are more goals for 2010, in no particular order:
- Learn a new skill by taking cooking and crafting classes through Des Moines Public Schools Continuing Education.
- Practice the art of bread-making.
- Finally, finally, finish the quilt that I started three years ago.
- Remodel one room in my century-old house. (Every room could use some sprucing up.)
- Make better use of my small backyard garden through container gardening, etc.
- Laugh more, stress less.
That last goal is especially important to me because I've been taking life way, way too seriously. Do you know what I mean?
I look forward to sharing my homemade journey with you all in 2010. Thanks for your support! It means so much to me!