nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
Always fun to see, even though it was barely anything. Maybe .25". But it's well below freezing - mid/low 20s all day, with wind chill another 10-15 degrees lower. So whatever melted on the pavement was likely to re-freeze. Traffic was pretty crazy. Tonight we're heading for a low in the mid-teens.

I spent a very relaxing evening at home with a roaring fire. I love having a gas starter! I'm really lousy at building a fire, but wow, I can keep it going.  I learned from reenacting, specifically at Fort Washita, when the only source of heat was a single fireplace in a large stone room.  (There was that memorable weekend which highs in the teens and lows in the single digits...) It's tricky to keep a fire burning well for three days.  You've got to keep enough wood on it, and if it starts to die down, it needs stirred up and the logs turned so it will burn better. The ashes need to be taken out, too, because eventually they block oxygen.  I enjoy the challenge. :)
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
I missed a day! But I guess a day (mostly) full of happy things is a decent excuse for not posting.

Christmas Day

1. A quiet early morning. Traditional breakfast with sausage and English muffins, and then just sitting in the dim living room with all the Christmas lights on inside and outside.

2. Christmas at my grandmother's house with all the cousins (except Bro. No. 2) and two fiancees for bonus.

3. SNOW!!! The day started with rain, and shortly after lunch it turned to snow. It snowed heavily for most of the afternoon, including while we were opening presents. And then we went out in it for a little bit. It was amazing!

4. Starting a 1000-piece puzzle with my mother. It's a painting of lots of British warships at anchor. And it glows in the dark. :p  We watched Christmas episodes of old TV shows until our reception got lousy, and then switched to Dick Van Dyke.


Wednesday

1. Sleeping in a little bit.

2. Finishing my last Christmas present. WHEW!

3. Relaxing afternoon working the puzzle until Bro. No. 2 and Heather arrived from Houston. Yay!
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'Cause the weather never, ever, does a thing for me!"

I'm not sure how relevant that song is, but look at this!






A far cry from the bright, sunny, relatively balmy Christmases we usually get!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (winter stormy)

Winter weather is so tricky! There were forecasts for at least two potential winter-precipitation events in January, and they fizzled with a capital F. And this morning at 5 AM, there was a good inch of snow on the grass and cars, where no accumulation had been predicted until the day.  It's such a fine balance of factors for us - moist air, cool air, front coming at the right time of day, &c. - that makes accurate prediction so incredibly hard. (This unpredictability, or volatility, is what gives us our hailstorms and tornados and other fine things as well.)

Temperatures are hovering right around freezing. The snow is fluffy and wet, unlike the Christmas Eve blizzard which was dry.  This means that Dad and I had a rare commute through snow and slush, without ice.  Truly a novelty, I assure you.  We saw only a couple of stalled cars on the whole 25 miles of freeway.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, we're nowhere near done with the snow. It's still coming down steadily.  Updated forecasts are for 3-4 inches total even in the metro area. Of course there is more to the north and west.

Snow is so pretty! Being wet, it's clinging to all the leaves and branches. The Christmas snow was not only dry, so it didn't cling so well, but the blizzard conditions meant wind that kept it from just resting on things.  It's piled up now, though, even on the bare branches of the peach trees next door, and all the live oak leaves. One fellow at work said the junipers lining his driveway were covered in it, all feathery and pretty.

TCU has canceled classes, but so far UTA hasn't.  If they don't, Dad and I will just leave work early so I can get home, then to school from there.  Byron has an interview here for an internship early this afternoon. I hope either that the roads aren't bad at all, or that they're so bad he has reason not to come! A lot can happen in a 25-mile drive.

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (winter stormy)

Winter weather is so tricky! There were forecasts for at least two potential winter-precipitation events in January, and they fizzled with a capital F. And this morning at 5 AM, there was a good inch of snow on the grass and cars, where no accumulation had been predicted until the day.  It's such a fine balance of factors for us - moist air, cool air, front coming at the right time of day, &c. - that makes accurate prediction so incredibly hard. (This unpredictability, or volatility, is what gives us our hailstorms and tornados and other fine things as well.)

Temperatures are hovering right around freezing. The snow is fluffy and wet, unlike the Christmas Eve blizzard which was dry.  This means that Dad and I had a rare commute through snow and slush, without ice.  Truly a novelty, I assure you.  We saw only a couple of stalled cars on the whole 25 miles of freeway.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, we're nowhere near done with the snow. It's still coming down steadily.  Updated forecasts are for 3-4 inches total even in the metro area. Of course there is more to the north and west.

Snow is so pretty! Being wet, it's clinging to all the leaves and branches. The Christmas snow was not only dry, so it didn't cling so well, but the blizzard conditions meant wind that kept it from just resting on things.  It's piled up now, though, even on the bare branches of the peach trees next door, and all the live oak leaves. One fellow at work said the junipers lining his driveway were covered in it, all feathery and pretty.

TCU has canceled classes, but so far UTA hasn't.  If they don't, Dad and I will just leave work early so I can get home, then to school from there.  Byron has an interview here for an internship early this afternoon. I hope either that the roads aren't bad at all, or that they're so bad he has reason not to come! A lot can happen in a 25-mile drive.

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (1930s)
I've been tagged by [livejournal.com profile] estelyn_strider!

Seven things... )

I tried to work on the database project last night, but it's kind of tricky. As in I don't really understand what the end result is supposed to be and what the hints/suggestions in the assignments mean. I've had a little bit of help from the professor, but he wants to wait until class Thursday before discussing them. I do understand that, much as I'd like to get this out of the way; it's not due until next Tuesday.

So instead of spending the evening possibly getting a little done on the project, I'm going to do some sewing. And since I have a whole evening, instead of spending it on the chemise or something, I think I'll work on the lounging pyjamas. I don't think I'm going to muslin this, since they're just pyjamas and my usual fitting issue shouldn't be much of a problem. I still need to iron and trace or just go ahead and cut out the pattern.

Speaking of cutting out, I still really would like input on how to do this two-tone thing. My main color is gray, and my contrast is a deep red/raspberry. I'm going the long-sleeve view.



Of course collar and cuffs will be raspberry. But what about the top/jacket part? I'm not sure how much rasperry I've got. Probably less than a yard. If one part of the top could be raspberry-colored, should it be the top or the midriff? And what about the sleeves?


The weather's being naughty again... )
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (1930s)
I've been tagged by [livejournal.com profile] estelyn_strider!

Seven things... )

I tried to work on the database project last night, but it's kind of tricky. As in I don't really understand what the end result is supposed to be and what the hints/suggestions in the assignments mean. I've had a little bit of help from the professor, but he wants to wait until class Thursday before discussing them. I do understand that, much as I'd like to get this out of the way; it's not due until next Tuesday.

So instead of spending the evening possibly getting a little done on the project, I'm going to do some sewing. And since I have a whole evening, instead of spending it on the chemise or something, I think I'll work on the lounging pyjamas. I don't think I'm going to muslin this, since they're just pyjamas and my usual fitting issue shouldn't be much of a problem. I still need to iron and trace or just go ahead and cut out the pattern.

Speaking of cutting out, I still really would like input on how to do this two-tone thing. My main color is gray, and my contrast is a deep red/raspberry. I'm going the long-sleeve view.



Of course collar and cuffs will be raspberry. But what about the top/jacket part? I'm not sure how much rasperry I've got. Probably less than a yard. If one part of the top could be raspberry-colored, should it be the top or the midriff? And what about the sleeves?


The weather's being naughty again... )
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Nhi Vanye i Chya)

The snow is totally sticking. Top of the grass, cars, lawn furniture for now.

:)

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Nhi Vanye i Chya)

The snow is totally sticking. Top of the grass, cars, lawn furniture for now.

:)

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
And it's 37 degrees, the flakes are big, nothing is sticking, everything is soaking wet, and there's practically no wind, unlike last Thursday's tornado.

It's still pretty.

The attic is more or less clean, I've more or less cleaned the heaps of mail off my desk, the boys are playing computer games, and Dad and Mom should be getting back from Home 'n' Depot with a rented enormous ladder to put a ceiling fan in our 14' high dining room.  And I'm sitting down to sew chemises and watch Pride and Prejudice yet again, but with Trevor this time. :)

Oh, and I bought that muff, after seeing Lady Catherine's enormous ermine-and-tassels affair.  This is mink, I think, with no tassels but nice sateen lining and finishing and a name label sewn inside, written with nice Spencerian handwriting.  Pictures forthcoming.  Someday I shall have need of a Regency winter outfit.  Right? Of course right!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
And it's 37 degrees, the flakes are big, nothing is sticking, everything is soaking wet, and there's practically no wind, unlike last Thursday's tornado.

It's still pretty.

The attic is more or less clean, I've more or less cleaned the heaps of mail off my desk, the boys are playing computer games, and Dad and Mom should be getting back from Home 'n' Depot with a rented enormous ladder to put a ceiling fan in our 14' high dining room.  And I'm sitting down to sew chemises and watch Pride and Prejudice yet again, but with Trevor this time. :)

Oh, and I bought that muff, after seeing Lady Catherine's enormous ermine-and-tassels affair.  This is mink, I think, with no tassels but nice sateen lining and finishing and a name label sewn inside, written with nice Spencerian handwriting.  Pictures forthcoming.  Someday I shall have need of a Regency winter outfit.  Right? Of course right!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)

I'd say we've accumulated at least 1" on the lawns. The streets are still not snowy, of course, since they're still warm; the thermometer is barely below freezing.  The wind is incredible. Snow is blowing like nobody's business, and it's sheeting off the roofs in the gusts. So gusty!  The wind chill is 19 degrees.

My crazy brothers suited up in all their wool stuff (and a couple of rabbit skins for good measure) and tossed a football around at the park. They said the snow really hurt their faces when it blew straight on, and their cheeks were pretty red.

It's a good thing I went antiquing earlier in the day; there are a lot of accidents out there, including one a five-minute walk from where I sit right now.

... I still can't get over this. Not only is it the heaviest snowfall I remember since I was a little girl, it's on Christmas Eve.  And it certainly won't go away during the night.  So I think* we'll actually have the first white Christmas in 83 years. At least until the sun comes up and melts it all. :p

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)

I'd say we've accumulated at least 1" on the lawns. The streets are still not snowy, of course, since they're still warm; the thermometer is barely below freezing.  The wind is incredible. Snow is blowing like nobody's business, and it's sheeting off the roofs in the gusts. So gusty!  The wind chill is 19 degrees.

My crazy brothers suited up in all their wool stuff (and a couple of rabbit skins for good measure) and tossed a football around at the park. They said the snow really hurt their faces when it blew straight on, and their cheeks were pretty red.

It's a good thing I went antiquing earlier in the day; there are a lot of accidents out there, including one a five-minute walk from where I sit right now.

... I still can't get over this. Not only is it the heaviest snowfall I remember since I was a little girl, it's on Christmas Eve.  And it certainly won't go away during the night.  So I think* we'll actually have the first white Christmas in 83 years. At least until the sun comes up and melts it all. :p

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