After reading the article "Art is in the House" in Cloth Paper Scissors, I was inspired to make some "home" art. I was liking the idea of art making various types of homes like animal dens, cabins, Quinzhee (ice shelters) or other non traditional shelters.
...HURRICANE FORCE WIND GUSTS AND UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES FOR
SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA... A POWERFUL STORM MADE IT'S WAY OVER SOUTHCENTRAL OVERNIGHT BRINGING WITH IT HURRICANE FORCE WINDS AND WARM TEMPERATURES TO MUCH OF ANCHORAGE AND NORTHWARD."
All of our beautiful, early season snow is now puddles of blowing water. Spruce tree needles and fallen birch branches are littering our yard. I moved away from a large picture window this morning where I was enjoying the Sunday paper and my coffee (actually Daddy-O treated me to a Skinny Latte with a half shot of Caramel(!) before he went skiing -big smooch here). The winds were so strong that an enormous Spruce tree was swaying and bouncing in the wind and the house shook with the strong, early morning gusts. Thankfully everything at the new house is secure and our trees are healthy. It's the neighbor's birch trees I'm a bit worried about... one tree deposited an enormous branch, larger than my car(!) in our side yard. The tree looks a bit rotten... Some people have lost their power, felled trees are across driveways and side roads are ice rinks. If the temps drop we may get a weather day from school tomorrow. I know Gus is keeping his fingers crossed.
Working in my cozy studio, looking out through the rain spattered windows, I could hear the wind howling through the porch pickets. Poor Olive, is curled up tight on the floor right next to me, following me everywhere and the gusts of wind come and go! This weather makes me feel like curling up with a good book and a mug of tea! Which is exactly what I did after making this mini art quilt. I still need to quilt the piece which will make the bear's details stand out. Maybe I will get to do that if we get a weather day tomorrow?! My new book this week is "The Secret of Lost Things" by Sheriday Hay. I treat myself to about a novel a week from the thrift stores or Title Wave Books -and on these stormy days it's my little indulgence to read during the day and not save my reading for night time!