December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oh, That Yellow Jacket!

Prior post.

Tonight walking home from the bus stop, I saw a neighbor lady on 81st Street (she organizes the annual neighborhood rummage sale, a huge undertaking) talking to the "twins" (sisters) and their cute little doggy, Dixie.  I stopped by to say hello and chat for a few minutes before heading on -- the sun was headed down down down and I knew my squirrels would be waiting for their evening nut hand-out!  Not much time these days before sundown - before 6:30 p.m. now although on a clear day the sunlight lingers below the horizon until about 6:45 p.m.  We're losing more and more minutes of daylight each day, and it's just damn depressing!

Anyway, today I wore the yellow jacket and the neighbor lady complemented me on its color and cuteness.  The sisters had complemented on it about 4 days earlier when I came across them walking Dixie about 7:20 a.m. on my hike to the bus stop; usually they are not out quite that early; I am more used to intersecting them, as in the summer, about 7:25 a.m.  Five minutes doesn't sound like all that much, does it?  But it's about 2 blocks walking distance, the difference between seeing someone and saying hello, or missing them completely.

So, tonight I determined to hang up the yellow jacket where I could take some photos of it.  These aren't the best - and the jacket needs a good pressing :)  The front photo affords a tiny peek at the inner flannel lining of light blue and yellow print.  It looks much better on me than hanging against the closet door.  These photos were taken with an overhead light on, about 6:15 p.m. (not much natural light left) and without the flash. 

The jacket has a detachable (button off/on) hood but it's not what I consider usable since there is no way to "cinch" it tight against a breeze -- it would blow right off! So, right now it's off the jacket. Yes, a "cinched up hood" would not be very flattering; on the other hand, it would be warm and keep my hair dry, two primary concerns when the weather is nasty! So, I need to check out whether I can have some cording added to the hood to tie it closer to the head/face, or perhaps a band and some snaps added beneath the chin so the hood can be secured around the hair and face. That will be a project for later on -- the time is fast approaching when this jacket won't be warm enough, and it will be washed, ironed and tucked away to await the spring...

I have to say, seeing this bright yellow color just makes me smile all over again, darlings :)

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