January 04, 2005


This is the chop wood, carry water issue of Ideaphoria.

After an unseasonably warm December, we've had a heavy frost yesterday and today. It is cold enough for the horses' water trough to freeze over. So in the mornings, I fill up a teakettle with very hot water, and go out to the trough on the north side of the barn. I pour the hot water over the ice to melt some of it. I break off what ice I can and get as much of it out of the trough for as long as my little fingers can stand to be submerged in the icy water. Then stir the rest of the water so that the ice doesn't re-form right away. If this chore doesn't make you feel awake and alive, I don't know what will.

You can see a white rim of ice on the trough, artistically framed in this photo by Mugsy's neck:
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Mugsy was disappointed that the tea kettle had only water -- he was expecting a treat!

This is the kind of weather that inspires the knitting of warm wool sweaters.

I don't have much to report in the way of knitting. I have been dedicating my recent days to the Two Swans website, busting my rear to get the Harris yarns listed there, and to get the other improvements in place. Soon. Very soon you'll be able to see these changes.

Posted by Karen at January 4, 2005 09:14 AM

The Harris yarns - ooh! I just ordered the shade card from Rowan Int'l. See you at Ferals!

Posted by: Katie at January 4, 2005 09:44 PM