December 23, 2011
As the holidays are upon us, here’s a very random list of things that are making me smile.
1. Joseph’s bar mitzvah. Kay, seeing your 13 year old standing up in front of a huge crowd, doing that ancient thing, was tremendous. And to see you being such a menschy mom was likewise totally overwhelming. (Your hair was having a particularly good day, too.) (Also those shoes were great.) (Lunch was delicious.)
2. Snowflake Brenda sold out of snowflakes.
3. Finding the right yarn for the right project. I swatched for Kate Davies‘s Boreal using handspun alpaca from an alpaca named Henrietta. It is beautiful stuff, but even as I swatched, I was troubled by the lack of match with the other yarn I’m using, Tess’ Designer Yarns Grand Manan. Henrietta is slightly thinner stuff; she would not have Fair Isled happily with the chunkier gray. I don’t want to go all mixed media on this sweater. I want it to look Not Warbly And Weird.
A couple of skeins of undyed Grand Manan magically appeared in my mailbox.
It’s so pristine and smooth, unlike the gray that was fighting a Rhinebeck of attention back when I rescued it. I expect the cream yarn will puff up once it’s washed and blocked. I mean: it’s the same dang yarn, right?
I’m working the Fair Isle inside out, so that the floats have to travel a teeny bit further between stitches, thus making pinched Fair Isle less likely. Nobody wants pinched Fair Isle.
4. Our first natural gas bill since The Great Geothermal Experiment began. Waiting for these results is the middle-aged woman’s equivalent of waiting for SAT scores.
68% lower than last December. WE’RE GOING TO YALE! That’s 170 therms less than last December. A therm is 100,000 BTUs. Units of energy. (I just learned what a therm is. Probably should have learned this a long time ago.) Not to be confused with thrums, which happen on mittens mostly.
Now, our electric bill hasn’t shown up yet, and it will be higher because the heat pump runs on electricity. So things won’t be quite as dramatic as that awesome chart up there. But at least we’re using fewer therms, somewhere, somehow.
By the way, I am encouraged that our heat still feels exactly like heat. It’s not like going vegetarian and discovering that baked tofu doesn’t really taste like baked ham. (Note: I LOVE TOFU. NOT BASHING TOFU!)
5. More daylight every day from now until June.
6. That feeling of beginning to slow down. I hope you have a day or two of doing exactly nothing, or whatever it is you’d like to do.
7. Gratitude to everybody who comes by our blog. I wish we had a giant room somewhere where we could all hang out whenever we felt like it. Oh wait–that’s what the Internet IS.
Love, cheers, and I’ll be back after the new year,