Wednesday, February 06, 2019
It's extremely cold here like it is for so many of you. Today's high is 0 degrees and the weatherman is promising that we will dip down to -15 degrees tonight. It appears that the forecast is for more of the same for the next week or so. I'm sad about it because we will start lambing this weekend. Such a bummer -- for us and for the lambs that are born during this cold. The lambs and their mothers will just have to stay inside the barn until it breaks.
There is a nice, hot fire going in the fireplace and a vegetable-beef & barley soup on the stove.
What I'm drinking:
Teeccino. A friend of mine sent me a few Teeccino tee bags to try and I really like it. This tea could be considered a replacement for coffee. It's what my friend did when she decided she couldn't do coffee anymore. The teas are caffeine-free and are made of roasted chicory or dandelion root and other herbs. The flavors are amazing if you like a "flavored coffee." I prefer the Dark Roast and the French Roast flavors, but I also like the Chocolate and the Mocha-Mint for a change of pace. The best prices I've found for Teeccino are on iherb.com. You can buy it in tee-bag form or loose so you can make it in a regular coffee maker or French press or pour-over.
What I've been watching:
Victoria. The series that was aired on PBS. We watched the first two seasons on Netflix. The third season is currently playing on PBS. We really liked it.
What I'm sewing:
A jeans quilt. It is a memory quilt for my niece in remembrance of her daddy (my brother). I'm making a circle quilt like this one, using my brother's jeans.
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.
Asher Lev is an artist through and through. He is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prayers three times a day and believes in the Master of the Universe. He is willing to portray life as he sees it through his art, even if it means blasphemy.
I'm doing an online class by Alisa Burke called Sketchbook Delight. It's one of her older classes, but full of good ideas and inspiration. It includes the addition of a little watercolor to the sketches. Fun. I'm trying to keep the habit of drawing every day, even if it's a quick sketch or something that isn't finished.
I check in on many of you occasionally. I hope you stay warm this winter and are blessed.
Sending my love to you.