We have been having what we call "cold" winter weather: the thermometer hovering between the high thirties and low forties (Fahrenheit), a "dusting" of snow on the hills, and rain, rain, rain. Not showers, mind you, r-a-i-n. Rain that you can't avoid. Rain that makes the gutters run wide. Rain that lasts all day. Rain that makes people drive crazy. Rain that keeps you damp, and cold that makes your glasses steam up, even after you've come indoors for a while. This is January in the Bay Area.
Friday's cold, steady rain gave way to high clouds and warmer temperatures yesterday. I ran errands all over town. First, I went shopping for a new, stackable washer/dryer today. The washer, she died the day the Boyo left. It has been a while in coming. You may remember, we had to have the dryer repaired in November. The pump on the washer just gave up the ghost. There is no way to do laundry in this house, except by hand. Mr. Celia, whose tolerance for appliance repair evaporated after the comic opera that was our oven "repair" last March, said, "It's old. Buy a new one." You don't have to tell me that twice.
I purchased the Epic pair, and a stacking kit. I know it's a front loader and I won't be able to felt with it. But I have other felting options, and I recently discovered that I prefer the control I have with felting by hand. So I opted for larger capacity and energy conservation. The appliance store will deliver and install the new units on Thursday and take the old ones away for recycling. Meanwhile, the laundry will continue to pile up. It won't be pretty, but relief is on the way.
I think I put about thirty miles on the car yesterday, just driving around town picking things up. I ran errands that have been on my list for weeks (I'm surprised I remembered them all!) I made about a dozen stops, and none of them was fiber related. By the time I got home, it was almost dark and I had just enough time to capture the almost clear Saturday Sky.
You can see the clouds hovering in the distance. The rain started in again in earnest when we were getting ready for bed last night. It let up this morning, but my plan to spend a cozy day in, watching movies (Once and Away from Her) and knitting, is lookin' brilliant. As a matter of fact, I better go down and bring in the paper before the next deluge.
Poor Mr. Celia! His golf outing was cancelled. He doesn't seem to mind though, for there is a multitude of puttering to be done around the house, plenty of virtual golf on the TV, and he got to sleep late. So we are set for the day. Puttering, knitting, and watching - the perfect winter Sunday.
By the way, the Girlie and her Beau went to see Juno Friday night. We all LOVED it. The acting, music, writing, and directing all come together to make a sweet film. The Beau's review: "A breath of fresh air." We liked the music so much, we bought the CD immediately (there's a Barnes and Noble next door to the theater), and I listened to it all yesterday as I ran my errands. I still like it. Go see this movie. It's totally worth it. I want to see it again.
And don't forget, next Sunday is Super International Pajama Day. If it isn't on your calendar, it should be.