Thursday, January 19, 2006

blue sky, smiling on me

The blue sky this morning is beautiful, and the rains of yesterday have washed away all of our snow!
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This little chickadee follows me around while I tend to chores.  One of my daily chores involves a trip to the coal bin, where I fill two buckets of coal for the stove.  My weather man informs me that we are 1/3 of the way through the winter now.  I am pleased with the amount of coal left in our bin at this point.  Each day when I shovel the coal into the buckets, my mind shifts to thoughts of the coal miners in WV, and the recent accident.  I still keep the families of the coalminers in my prayers, and think of how hard people have to work sometimes.
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Back in the house, I kick off my old boots.  I notice the new Yak Tracks (thanks mom!) on my beat up old boots.
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I have been needing new boots for some time.  I don't know what it says about me that I have not gone out to buy any...
a.  it will take time
b.  it will take money
c.  the new ones will feel "different"
d.  all of the above
I am comfortable in my old beat up boots, but it will soon be time to chuck them. I take off the new Yak Tracks, as all the ice and snow is gone, and I don't want to wear the Yak Tracks out.  My old pair broke, and I was lost without them!
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Here are the finished felted footies before felting.  They are big and cushy on my feet.  The pattern calls for the fulling process to be done in the washing machine.  I always get nervous at that prospect, and may do this pair by hand so that I can keep a careful watch on the size.  The Finnsheep wool has a tendency to felt quickly, and the same may not be true of the angora.


Judith said...

Sweet chickadee--one of my favorite birds--they are so personable & curious. Yes, coal does have a poignant link to humans right now, doesn't it? It is easy to forget that link in all these ways we heat our houses. We heat w/wood, oil & propane. Two wood stoves go all the time & w/a mild winter the oil bill for one month has been $17..keep it mild, please! When I wear a pair of boots out it is hard to shift to new ones for all the above reasons you have listed. I call my Yak Tracks "Ice Bras". Love your footies!

judy said...

We're back to bare ground again and the Yak Tracks are back in the closet.
Strange weather even for a January thaw. I too love the chickadee, the bravest of the bunch.

Leslie Shelor said...

The chickadees here are just as friendly, coming right to the window to feed and watching me with those bright eyes.

My boots are older than my dogs! I got my Yax Trax, now that the weather has warmed up, but I'm ready for the next ice storm!

Spinner Gal said...

Why dispose of a great pair of boots? They look right comfy if you ask me.

Love the chickadee's, but we dont have them in Arizona! Sure wish we did.

cyndy said...

Hi All-

The old boots are right comfy!! Only trouble is they have holes in know..."heat in the summer, air conditioning and running water in the winter"....I might just buy a pair of "goolashes" for the holes (already tried duck tape but it would not hold)...getting a little tired of finding stones in my boots....

Didn't know that about chickadees in Arizona! Here is an interesting link for identifying the different species of Chickadees and their range

"Ice Bras" !! That is an appropriate description!! Love the "added support" the Yak Tracks give!

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