Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Bear Den Kind of Day




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. 

 Today we are having crazy high winds (from 118 MPH to 58 MPH!), a strong Chinook which made the temps climb into the 40's and 50's. The National Weather Service reported

...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! 

3 comments:

Tracey Broome said...

Yikes, that weather! It was almost 70 degrees here today and people were out in droves for the studio tour. Thankfully we had great weather for it. I could have sold your raven banners all day long, lots of comments on them! I gave folks your name :) I remember this same thing happening at Shakori last year when I had the banners up in my tent. People love them!

Linda Starr said...

I heard about all the wind, but didn't know Alaska got it too, scary, when we lived in the mountains we had some terrific winds quite a few times and dreaded hearing the crack of trees waiting for the thud to hit the ground. We had to have a huge oak tree on a neighboring lot cut down cause the owners are out of state and ignored our request to remove it, but it would have killed someone if it had fallen. That bear all snug in his den, ah.

cindy shake said...

Heard that the Studio Open House went GREAT Tracey and you ROCKED the cash register too!! Yahoo! I am going to start wholesaling the Raven Banners! I'll get you the details -or at least send you some :)

We get the winds, but still kind of a surprise Linda! I felt like that bear last night when things calmed down :)