I started a photo a day challenge over at 365project.org. You should go over there and check it out. I had started one this time last year and then my DSLR broke and that left me with very little desire to take pictures. I still haven't gotten that fixed (if it can be) or replaced (if that's the only option) due to funding issues, but I do have a phone with a decent camera now and some lenses to go with it (D did an awesome job for Christmas this year).
My friends and neighbors J and M welcomed their second child, a beautiful baby girl, into the world on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, I seem to have caught the bug that has been going around the school so it's going to be a while before I get the chance to go meet her.
In housing and gardening news, we got my basement growing room set up enough that it is functional enough to be able to get my seedlings started. I have some delphiniums and marigolds planted and the rest of my veggies are on their way. Some of them don't need to be planted yet, but the onions need to get started by the beginning of February since I'm growing from seed. As you can see from the picture, there's still a lot of work that needs doing down there. The rest of the panelling needs ripped out and that terrible lino has to go. I'll probably just leave the bare concrete, at least in there, since it's a room that will get dirty and wet on at least a semi-regular basis. The plan is to line the walls with shelves to store my canned goods that I get from the garden and I would like a work table in the center. The already green plants that you can see next to the table with the seedlings are my outside plants that have to winter indoors; I would love to have them elsewhere in the house but Ginny-cat would eat them.
All day yesterday, all any of the news stations could talk about was blizzard warnings. This morning I woke up at 5am (no idea why) and not a snowflake to be seen. Typical news exaggeration. Turns out they just had their timing wrong.
While I personally think that this is what winter in central Indiana is supposed to look like and that it's a bit ridiculous how quickly everything shuts down, I do have to admit that this is more snow than we've gotten in quite awhile. The new normal says that this is unusual, unfortunately (Don't even get me started on my rants about the climate change deniers.)
The house that you can barely see across the yard is a very bright red, which shows just how much snow is in the air. The puppy and I have already been outside to play. All of his tennis balls are missing, so it was fetch the snowball instead.
This makes today's plan finishing up the mittens I gave D for Giftmas (yes, I wrapped a WIP and, if I've got the needles for it, making up a cowl to go with him. Working outside means that he truly appreciates all the handknit woolens.
This past summer, my husband and I purchased our first, and hopefully last, home. This coming summer, the gardening begins, and the crafting and general home improvement is forever on going. This will bvie a general household blog. Trials and victories of my first vegetable gardening and canning as well as loads of other DIY stuff.
The list of things that needs doing is quite long. Carpets need replaced, the basement needs completely gutted and renovated, everything needs painted, all of the flower beds need rehabbed from 2 years of no attention, and don't even get me started on the looks of the kitchen.