Mr. Painted Quilt had an excuse because he spent a good part of Monday outdoors with Ollie cleaning up after the snow storm that blew in on Sunday.
Thankfully one of our neighbors has a tractor who clears our driveway but not the walkway, paths and deck and let me tell you, there was a lot of snow. We probably received about 10-12" but it was difficult to tell because of the strong winds that resulted in huge drifts that resembled sand dunes.
I took this photo early yesterday morning and you can see the mounds of snow that drifted against one of our barns. And let me tell you, it's as cold as it looks! Brrrr!
I usually start to de-Christmas-ize on the day after Christmas but for whatever reason, not this year. Yesterday, Mr. PQ brought in the empty plastic bins from the workshop where we store them and I spent from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. packing everything away. I even had to start a new bin because of the stuff I purchased at the after Christmas sales!
I cleaned, dusted and vacuumed as I went along and what took the most time was cleaning up the dry needles and leaves that fell from the natural greenery arrangements as soon as they were touched. While they were on display in their containers, they looked and smelled wonderful but when it came to disassembling them...what a mess!
So now that the holidays are over for another year, it's time to focus on finishing up old projects and starting new ones.
I never did get Mr. PQ's second sock finished so that's what I'm now working on in the evenings. I just managed to turn the heel which means I'm in the home stretch and my goal is to have it finished by Sunday night. Hopefully I can stay on track.
My friend Darlene who is President of the Fundy Tide Quilter's Guild has designed a mystery quilt and she will be presenting the center medallion to the members at tomorrow night's meeting. In addition, she will be offering the patterns and blocks on her blog on the first Friday of every month, the day after our meetings.
If you'd like to read more about it, just click on the link to Darlene's blog here...Quilts by Darlene. In her post she has given us a sneak peek of the first block. I know I'll like it because Darlene and I have very similar tastes when it comes to color, fabric and design.
We all have tons of projects to work on but at a block a month, I figure it'll be stress-free and do-able. This will be my first mystery quilt and I'm looking forward to it. So come on and join in, won't you? The more the merrier!
Although the snow has stopped falling, it has turned cold and the winds continue to howl. By now you all know where you can find Frankie and Ollie...cuddling by the fire, of course!
Men...they're so predictable! *wink*