Attempting to get both of these firebrands into frame, looking at me, focused, in portrait orientation (to fit the frame) and not making horrendous faces was an exercise in patience, but it paid off.
The “polar vortex” is bearing down on us here in Michigan yet again, and I got it into my head that I ought to go out and document the winter/snow while it was here.
That was a terrible idea.
Because we’ve had so much snow, and the weather has see-sawed back and forth between above-freezing and bitterly cold, our yard is full of knee deep snow with a layer of ice on top. Snow pants do nothing for you when your foot breaking through the snow has to first go through a rock hard layer of ice that shoves your pant cuff up to your knee, exposing ankle and shin to the powder below. I had planned to go exploring in the woods for shots, but only made it to the back of our yard before my legs got too cold and scraped up. As a result, not a whole heck of a lot of pictures, but a few none the less.
I expect that I’ll appreciate these more come August or so.
I may attempt another shoot before the winter is over, but not until I dig out some snowshoes!
It took me most of the winter, but G finally has a new scarf to wrap up in when he goes out to play in the cold.
Things have been quiet around here on the “creative” front. I’ve been desperately trying to finish the scarf I started for G back in, oh, I don’t know, November? For some reason I just haven’t had much inspiration to work on it.
I also suspect that somebody let a flock herd swarm of tsetse flies loose in my house, because I’ve been going to bed early, sleeping late and napping and am still exhausted all the time. No, I am NOT pregnant…just, apparently dying of sleeping sickness. Or, you know, trying to keep up with 2 energetic little boys who haven’t been able to get outside and play for MUCH too long.
G seems to have just as bad a case of cabin fever as I do. Partly I think it’s the age, but I can’t help but believe that part of his mood swinging from saint to demon-spawn in 3.2 seconds flat so often has to be at least somewhat related to the lack of fresh air we’ve been getting as of late.
Last weeks portraits were rather subdued and serious. That’s not really my boys. They’re silly, and constantly goofing around and giggling. But typically, if they’re giggling, I’m playing, not taking pictures!
I thought this week I’d catch their goofier sides.
It’s been another year, and I’m still not going back to commercial shampoo.
I honestly almost forgot it was time to talk about this, because being “poo-free” has become so every day for me. Then a friend of mine sent me a link that included a video of Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today show ripping apart another blogger for not washing her hair with shampoo.
The whole thing made me really want to write a big, long winded, angry rebuttal, going point for point about all the things that were wrong, poorly researched, and generally ignorant in their segment. But, when it comes down to it, I think the absolute worst of it is, on national tv, a supposedly respectable 60 year old woman is bullying a complete stranger. I don’t want to add to that by throwing more vitriol out there. Those who would listen already know better than to believe the kind of nonsense they were saying, and those who don’t…well, they wouldn’t listen anyhow.
These two are so cooperative about letting me point my camera at them. Poor G has been my bitty model for almost 4 years now…and even R has been trained to “pose” every time he sees the lens come out.
Man I haven’t been looking forward to publishing this post. It’s been bitterly cold here and, despite brainstorming for weeks, I couldn’t figure out any way to show you guys the finished product without posting a, more or less, bathing suit shot of myself. On top of the whole, “hey world, these are my thighs” aspect of it, getting this picture was FRIGID. I’d be fairly pleased with myself if I didn’t know the only reason I look so toned is because every single muscle in my body was clenched in the act of shivering. So without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, my pasty self in a leotard:
Seems like the only things I’ve been creating lately are fabrics! There are certainly worse things…I’m pleased with how things are coming together, but it doesn’t make for terribly exciting posts for you guys.
I’ve had to learn a lot more about quilting in this process than I expected. As someone who exclusively sews clothing, I’ve struggled with the idea of developing a line that contains lights, darks AND mid tone patterns. It drives me crazy to purposely make fabrics that seem boring on their own (mid tones), even though I understand that you need those when you quilt.