Friday, December 31, 2010

racing towards the finish line

It has been a week of extremes
half the country is under water. Seriously under water.
Not here though.
After all the rain we had in October/November, the dams are still delightfully full, but there's been little evidence of moisture of late.

A week ago we had overnight lows of 4C/39F
... and today?
While it wasn't the hottest New Year's Eve I've experienced up here [ that distinction belongs to ... I think ... 2006, when it reached 48C, and was still over 40 at midnight ]
it did still get to 40.9. That's 105.6F!
4 degrees above freezing to " OMG I'm going to die of heat prostration" in less than a week.
Makes it very difficult to acclimatise
especially for the elderly.
My 90 year old, just-had-a-triple-bypass, darling Godmother came up for the day today, and I just kept thinking
"Thank God for the A/C"

After the visitors left, I was at a bit of a loose end, pottered around a bit, knitted some lace, browsed a couple of books ... your basic dithering
then I decided to make another of those wrap aprons. Ma-in-law liked her Christmas one so much, I promised her another for her natal day in March.
I'm not sure whether this will be it.

It might be.
Or it might be for DIL who said she'd certainly wear one.

At least this way I've got MIL covered :)

Happy New Year to you and yours, from me and mine
and I'll be back tomorrow with news of some big changes Chez Catsmum


Marcie said...

Such a pretty apron - I'd wear it!
Still do wear one when I'm baking.
May 2011 be an excellent one for you and your family.

catsmum said...

same back at you Marcie [ & I'm still carrying yr little white casserole around in the car just in case we cross paths ... also have a large bowl of yr Katie's that she left behind after choir breakup ]

ozjane said...

Happy New Year........and you know how to keep people in suspense...big changes???

Anonymous said...

LOVE the apron - pardon me if I've missed it in previous comments, but is it from a pattern, and if so, which?
And Happy New Year to Catsmum and all who sail in her!

catsmum said...

It's the "Gussie" apron by Rebecca Ruth Designs. $17something from Purl's Palace Daylesford.
Instructions would leave a beginner sewer baffled but fine for someone with experience.
Mind you I personally think that if you are going to produce a pattern in that price range, it's not really good enough to just put a rider on that says 'presumes a level of sewing experience'... just because the designer couldn't - or couldn't be bothered - explaining or drawing how to handle turning the corners in the bias binding.

Alice said...

A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, Susan. I hope it's a year free of migranes - surely that's not too much to ask, is it? I hope you have good health in every other way too, and lots of energy to indulge in all your many and varied interests.

Best wishes to all of your family too - both human and animal.

gayle said...

Best wishes to you and yours for the new year. May you be visited by every happiness.

Nadie said...

Tis a good apron, and I like it much better in this fabric. Certainly a more practical design then mine which has spaghetti straps and leaves too much top exposed to any spatters that fail to aim appropriately

catsmum said...

well Nadie, my darling daughter, it is entirely possible - if it doesn't swamp your tiny frame - that YOU might end up with this iteration then :)
I can always make another for Nonna and your SIL