Leisure is not the opposite of work,
it is the opportunity for free participation in
joyful activity and rest of those who
are exploring the full potential of creation.
Colin Wilbur Williams
The Christmas/ New Year holiday always brings My Hero two weeks of vacation. Let me rephrase that, HIS vacation usually brings his darlin’ wife (that would be me) two weeks of vacation unfortunately for him this really just gives him a change of duties. Oh yes I love those two weeks of mine and not having to rush out in the cold to feed the cows. Don’t get me wrong I love this job and visiting with the girl’s and then wandering through the bush but I do not always enjoy going out in the cold especially this extreme cold front, it is -36 degrees Celsius with the wind chill at this very moment. My Hero loves visiting with and wandering among the cows everyday something he does not have the pleasure of doing while working off the farm. His being home has also had him plowing snow and scraping ice. Good timing for me, not so much for him. I found different ways to keep busy during my vacation while he did my chores. We both won in his vacation. You know that saying “A change is as good as a rest”.
It is Random 5 Friday once again with our lovely host Nancy. Here are my five.
1- I have been knitting a few of scarves; I love the creativity of the whole process with the added benefit of the sense of calm that continues to come with it. I love to play with different colours and textures without worrying about techniques or sizes or the pressures of learning how to purl or read a pattern. There have been many scarves going out to people I think could use a hug. I still continue to only mail to non-knitters making my scarves look good. There are two scarves that I wear myself as they are full of noticeable mistakes and honestly using them to fight off this darn cold weather has been a blessing.
2- As you can see with the photo above I finally tackled the knitted hat thing again after that unintentional but still very cute knitted hat for a teddy bear instead of a normal size head. This time I think you will come to the same conclusion as I did; a basketball size head is what is needed for me to give this hat away. I love the way it turned out though with the mix of colours and I hope to find one of those large heads soon, it would be a shame to waste it. I will continue to try to get it right. I will just keep experimenting then trying to find heads for them to fit. Sounds like a good plan don’t you think? I do think the basketball is looking rather dapper even so.
3- A very nice friend dropped off an old Singer sewing machine that supposedly had some working problems and was no longer needed so My Hero and I hoped with a little work we would be able to get it working well. We have always been on the lookout for cheap or free sewing machines to fix up and pass on to people wanting to learn to sew and have no other way to get a machine. This machine turned out to be a little different. After we took it apart and My Hero worked his magic I sat down do the sew test. I was instantly hooked; this machine will be staying here at least for now. It now sews like a dream. I made some bags for Christmas and am thinking of going back to quilt making. I have always loved sewing and this kicked that creative outlet back into gear. Wish me luck. Thank you friend. Another sewing machine made its way out of here at Christmas for someone wanting to learn to sew.
4- I have been writing more short stories, this is something I think you may have noticed as something I need to do. I had decided early last year after listening to the encouraging words of friends that I wanted to see if my writing was publish worthy. This is a question every writer at one time or another grapples with. I also selfishly wanted to show my Mom who loves my stories something in print. This December wrapped up in plastic bags thrown in driveways all over our area, and then covered in snow and layers of ice during a storm, then possibly scooped up and thrown into the recycle bin without being opened was our local paper with my story on page four. Mom was so proud,her smile with her words "Told you" was all I needed.
5- I have been wandering around on snowshoes in the bush only a few times because of the strange weather that keeps me inside. I need to take photos that will be captured and held tight of the beauty that I am so very lucky to be surrounded by and I have now realized I will never be able to leave behind.
Oh yes these two weeks of My Hero’s vacation turned out to be not too bad at all. I do hope he enjoyed it as much as I. Back to normal for both of us on Monday. Don't look so sad Red I will see you soon.