First, Saturday was a crazy weather day. Let me explain:
To sum up:
* I started the day with fog and near 100% humidity, plus a steady south wind.
* By 12 noon the fog had disappeared, humidity had plummeted, and the wind was rising and shifting.
* By 2 p.m. it was 77°F with very low humidity, and the wind was from the southwest, steady at 31 mph and gusting to 45 mph. (!)*
* By 5 p.m. the wind was full from the west, still warm and dry, but the sun was dimming. The wind picked up a lot of dust southwest of us, and the western sky had a distinctly reddish tinge.
* By 6 p.m., due to the dust, visibility had dropped from 10 miles (a perfectly clear day) to 4 miles.
* By 8 p.m., the wind was from the northwest, still strong and gusty but dropping, and humidity rising once more. Temperature slowly falling.
So in one day, we go from warmish for January and wet (and windy), to quite warm and dry (and VERY windy), to very warm and dry and dusty (and still windy), to cool and damp (and still more wind). Honestly, I'm used to change, but this is one of the few days in which "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes" really seems to apply. As far as I can tell we had either two weather fronts move through or off, or one front and a dry line, in less than 12 hours. Even without precipitation, the wind directions and humidity changes are pretty clear.* I had the windows open, because it was warm and I love the wind. I admit that 45 mph is a bit much inside the house! The only real casualty was a light bulb, when the wind blew one of my vanity lamps over and off the dressing table. The bulb didn't break, but the filament did.
Second thing - I've got so much to plan! I didn't make it to the DFWCG planning meeting on Saturday, but a terrific schedule for the year was decided on. Including a Dallas/Fort Worth area costuming retreat at the end of July! And speaking of that, I realized I need to send in my Costume College info if I'm doing that (which I really want to), and really plan out my costumes and sewing for the year. So a post on that will be coming up soon!
If I can ever manage to upload pictures, I've got lots of show of the house, plus the costumed tea the Guild had last Saturday, at which I met padawansguide
for the first time in real life. :D
As for my two minor victories: In the last week, I found two Somethings that had been inexplicably missing for months! One was my two pattern boxes with ALL of my regular-small-envelope patterns. This includes all my modern stuff, most of my 1860s patterns, and nearly all of my vintage patterns. They went missing in the move and I couldn't find them anywhere. I finally found them in the stack of boxes with school books and papers; someone had put them in a bond paper box, then stacked loose leaf papers on top, so just taking the top off the box made it look like a full box of paper. Yay!
The second find: All 9 paperbacks of C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner series. When I organized and boxed almost all of my books last February (while iced in for a week), I set them aside because I'd acquired the next "trilogy" set (nos. 10-12), but wanted to re-read the whole series to refresh it in my mind. And somehow I lost track of where I put them! So despite intermittent, frantic hauling around and poking through the boxes all summer (in the heat of the garage YAY not really), I never did find them. And although afraid to look, Sunday on a whim I pulled out my boxes again and finally found them. They were all there! I have no idea how I overlooked them, but SO MUCH RELIEF. I was really getting afraid they'd been thrown away sometime. Nine paperbacks are a bit bulky to overlook for a year!