It's been a crazy week. We made a trip back to Indiana to visit with a beloved grandfather one last time and attend his funeral.
There is no question about the sadness associated with such times, but in addition to mourning our great loss, we also gathered to celebrate a life well lived. I like to think Grandpa is happy now, reunited with his wife and son who have gone before him.
The funeral was held on Friday, which also happened to be a cold and snowy day in Indiana. It seemed that no part of the eastern United States escaped this storm. For the first time, our entire route home from Indiana to Maryland was blanketed with a thick layer of snow. There was not one mile we traveled without the white stuff.
And we returned home to town covered with 3 FEET of snow! The roads were nearly impassable. Exits off major highways were closed off by heaps of snow taller than our car. Three lane roads had become one lane.
The meltdown has begun, but this was the scene around the apartment building today:
People are still trying to dig out and clear their vehicles. There is a front end loader helping to open up the parking lot. Honestly, I've never seen anywhere near this much snow in my life before. The Valentine's Blizzard of 2007 in Lafayette IN dropped about 16-19 inches. Last month's snowstorm in MD had a similar total. But at 3 feet, this snowfall is like both of those put together!
When walked Casper this morning, he jumped off the cleared path into the snow and literally disappeared. All I could see was the leash coming out and I could hear a faint whimpering. I laughed at him as I pulled him out, but after that experience he was ready to go back inside!
Appropriate to this wintery weather, I spent my downtime last week crocheting a scarf to go along with my earflap hat.
I used the same "Neat Ripple Pattern" from Attic 24 as for my friend's baby's blankie. I'm in love with this pattern. It's easy enough to do while having a conversation, but the counting keeps it from being too monotonous. Again, I used Naturally Caron Country yarn on a size G hook, chaining about 250 to begin with. The scarf itself ended up being about 52 inches long, so I added fringe to give it a bit more length. Still loving this yarn, but I did find a knot in the middle of a skein where two pieces were joined together. It's a bit of a nuisance, but nothing major. I've seen the same thing in the very expensive Noro Silk Garden yarn.
Today's a rather busy day for me, as I'm trying to prepare for my new job. Yep, that's right, I'm going back to work. I guess all my mother's nagging finally paid off. It's full time and there will certainly be an adjustment period. I've warned Aaron that meals will be of lesser quality, if prepared at all. Housework will suffer. Laundry will pile up. But he's assured me that he's ready to pick up the slack. We'll see!
Hope you're having a wonderful day!