Snowy Saturday

(Nighttime snowflakes.)

The snow continues to tumble from the sky, twirling, whirling, and somersaulting in the gusts of wind.  Another 2-4 inches are expected tonight with another 2-4 inches predicted to fall tomorrow.  The current temperature is 13 degrees with a wind chill of -3.  Brrrrrr!  M is outside shoveling, a task that, this time of year, is as sysiphean as housework.  He’s also doing something he didn’t want me to do yesterday — feeding a stray cat.  I guess that makes the cat our official barn cat since M also provided some heat in the barn where it has been taking shelter.  It’s a long-haired cat that, M says, appears to be part Siamese.  I haven’t seen it yet and I don’t think he’s had more than a few quick glimpses of it.

(Creativity corner.)

In honor of my resolution and intention to simplify my home and life this new year, I started with my art desk corner (for a memory jog, see the posts here and here) yesterday.  I cleaned up and organized the desk.  I realize it doesn’t look particularly organized in the above photo, but you should have seen it before I started.  What you see is the result of me actually using the desk to work on an altered journal project.  I normally destroy my journals every year as a way of getting rid of the old and ushering in the new, but I like the design of this particular journal so I’ve been drawing and collaging over my writings, leaving bits and pieces showing through here and there.  I noticed that my intentions for the year are cropping up in a variety of ways, in words, scribbles, and pictures.  The end product may well turn out to be my 2010 journal.

I also started keeping track of my mileage and will be posting about that regularly (since the knowledge that I’m posting about it gives me the incentive to keep moving).  I’m only up to about 6 miles so far, but it’s only two days into the year.  I figure it’s a pretty good start.  As Lao Tzu once said or wrote:

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

(A touch of whimsy by the pond.)

Yesterday’s pork and sauerkraut was, as always, delicious.  Tonight we’re having a Cajun spiced vegetable soup.  I’m beginning to think the antibiotics I’m taking are placebos.  As M said the other day, you get what you pay for and I didn’t pay for the antibiotics due to pharmacy competition and the desire to have the lowest prices.  You can’t get much lower than free.  Perhaps some soup will do what the antibiotics are not doing and cure what ails me.  It would be nice to get the hearing back in my right ear.  I suspect the world is going to sound very loud when I do.

9 Comments on “Snowy Saturday”

  1. Happy new year, I NEED pink flamingos!!! Wonderful, just what every January needs.
    Destroy journals…….. 😦 ……… ?

  2. anhinga says:

    That is the coolest picture with the pink flamingos.

    The antibiotic I was given for my ear infection cautioned about having calcium in any form within two hours before or six after (or vice/versa) taking the pill. Doing so would decrease the effectiveness. Wonder if something like that has happened with yours. Hope you get better soon.

  3. Anna Surface says:

    That is a neat photo of the snow! That is interesting that you normally destroy your journal every year. One time, after years of journals, I destroyed them all just to get clear the old. Then I went a few years without journaling. This year I’ve started again. How neat you are drawing and collaging over your writings leaving a bit here and there. I like that and very creative idea. I don’t know what’ll I’ll do with my by year’s end. I do hope you get better soon and regain your hearing!

  4. anhinga says:

    I guess the thought so shook me up that I didn’t comment, but it bothered me that you destroy your journals. I also wondered how you have time to keep one while writing your blogs. I’m not sure what you mean about “drawing and collaging over the writings.” Could you maybe take a photo of one page to show us? The idea sounds charming.

  5. Robin says:

    UHDD and Anhinga: The journals I destroy are very personal and mostly a matter of venting or getting things out. I wouldn’t want anyone to read them, even after I die, so it seems best to destroy them.

    If I get a photo-worthy page, I’ll take a picture to show you, Anhinga. I have been cutting out pictures and things to paste over what I wrote in the journal.

  6. Robin says:

    Meant to add, Anhinga, that most of my travel and not-so-personal journal is done via blogging these days so keeping anything other than a personal journal isn’t necessary anymore.

    I do (did) keep all of my travel and everyday kind of stuff journals from throughout the years. Now the blog keeps it all for me.

  7. Marcie says:

    We’re having much of the same beautiful snowy weather. Love your little ‘creativity’ corner. Its inspiring me to do some of the same…
    All the best to you and yours for this coming new year!!!

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