Friday, January 19, 2018


What a nice thing to happen to me on a cold winter's day.  I found out that I won a calendar from Becky at  Becky is such a sweet lady and has a great blog.  Last year she did a 52-week photo challenge.  The pictures she took were all so gorgeous.  And she took 13 of them and made these great calendars.

When I opened the package not only was a calendar in there, but also a pretty dishtowel and a sweet note.

These photos are not printed on, but actual photos attached to the pages.  So nice.  Since they are Becky's photos I don't want to share each one with you, but I know I will enjoy every month the whole year through.  It is already hanging up in my kitchen.

Thank you so much, Becky.  I love everything that you sent to me.


Weather in Philadelphia:
High:  42*F
Low:  20*F
Sunrise:  7:18 a.m.     Sunset:  5:04 p.m.
9 hours and 46 minutes of daylight.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


I finally did it.  I finished the temperature afghan tonight.  It turned out beautiful.  I know you are anxious to see it, so here goes.  Remember, I outlined each month in white.


You can see there were some beautiful pink 80*F days at the beginning of the month.


Some yellow 70*F days at the beginning of the month and then a lot of light green 60*F days and dark green 50*F days.  There's some light blue 40*F days in there too.


Not a lot of warmer days here and even a lot of gray 20*F days at the end of the month.

I got Joe to help me spread it out on the bed.  It still needs to be washed and blocked, but I wanted to take a look at it.  I think it's so pretty.

It sure tells a story of our year.  I never realized how warm we are in the summer and how cold in the winter until this.  And we really don't have much of a spring at all.

I really enjoyed making this.  I liked doing it so much that I joined a temperature blanket group on facebook.  What a great group of people and what a diverse amount of blankets.  People do them all sorts of ways.  Some use the high temperature of the day as I did.  Some use the high and the low.  Some will put white threads in the days that it snows and blue in the days that it rains.  People make their blankets with stripes, diagonals, blocks sewn together, blocks knit together, round, and so much more.  I'm trying to decide how to do my new afghan this year.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


2018 - Book 2
What do you read when it's cold -- below freezing and no end in sight?  You read Laura Ingalls Wilder's book "The Long Winter."

Image result for the long winter

The sixth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s treasured Little House series, and the recipient of a Newbery Honor. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams.
The fledgling town of De Smet in the Dakota Territory is hit hard by the brutal winter of 1880-1881. Laura, Pa, Ma, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace face the winter as best they can, but soon, blizzards have covered the town in snow that piles up to the rooftops, cutting the town off from supplies and trade. Food stores begin to run dangerously low. To save the town from starvation, young Almanzo Wilder and a friend brave the conditions, set off across the prairie in search of wheat, and return victorious. The town is saved, and the townspeople share in an unusual, but joyful, Christmas celebration.

My review:
I am in love with the Little House books.  And I had never heard of any of them until I was an adult.  

This weather has made us all so cold.  And as the cold crept into my house I thought of this book.  It wasn't until someone on facebook was talking about reading it that I thought -- "Why not?"  And it was as good as the first time I read it.

That is the thing with Laura Ingalls Wilder's books.  You can read them over and over and they are still fresh and a good story. 

As I finished it last night I thought, "Well, they got through a winter far worse than ours with far less supplies than I have.  I can at least get to a store and I won't starve to death or freeze to death even if I am cold.  God saw them through to the end and He will do the same for me."  And so He will.


Weather in Philadelphia:
High:  40*F (4*C)
Low:  28*F (-2*C)
Sunrise:  7:19 a.m.     Sunset:  5:01 p.m.
9 hours and 42 minutes of daylight