Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Ghost of Winter...Past, Present and Future

One of the advantages/disadvantages of retirement is listening to the news and the weather. I used to feel that I never got to leisurely enjoy watching the news and weather -- especially in the mornings -- but now I feel I'm watching all the time, sucked into a vortex -- word of the day -- of weather over-information. Out of a fear that I might never leave my apartment again I tried to run every errand I could yesterday morning. I got to stores I hadn't visited in months -- the boot kept me out of a lot of random jaunts -- and I found myself at Home Goods, Michael's and Whole Foods.

I had a great time and especially enjoyed my visit to a very uncrowded Michael's.

This is the ghost of winter past...Lots of temptation, but I had inventoried cards and ribbons and Christmas decor and needed very little. I did buy three little snowflake decorations that I can actually envision using. 


This is the ghost of winter present and the Valentines I need to be working on now. Yes, it's January 7, and yes, there is in theory lots of time, but the two cute packages of stickers may well take up permanent residence on my craft shelf if I don't get going now. I hear their little voices crying out to me. 

   And this is the ghost of winter future, or spring! I believe that spring starts just about at St. Patrick's Day, and if the St. Patrick's Day decorations are out, can spring be far behind? It gives me hope that we won't be living in an eternal Polar Vortex.


Life today in the Polar Vortex...
My cards and decorations are now on the third shelf of my linen closet and, I'm happy to announce that the linen closet got some long overdue rearrangement. I had nowhere I needed to be today and more than enough food to keep me well-fed. I even did a little beautification -- some might call it upkeep -- and deep conditioned my hair. I was beginning to have a serious case of hat hair that has been somewhat relieved. 

I hope those of you deep in Polar Land are keeping warm and cozy. As always, thanks for visiting and take good care. 


19 comments:

Vicky Hunt said...

What a delightful post and such a creative title. I'm looking forward to getting my Valentine's Day decor out of the shed soon. Have fun making your cards...:)

Blessings, Vicky

Blackberry Lane said...

Good Evening, I love to ramble around Michael's and enjoy the seasonal items.
With our weather colder than usual, I have enjoyed tuning in the news/weather, too.
Hope you have a restful night.

TARYTERRE said...

Loved seeing that they already have Valentines and St. Patrick's Day stuff out in the stores. Stay warm.

Simply Linda said...

No Michael's here in our little NY town, you have to go to Rochester or Elmira. ANYWAYS, lovely post as usual. Thanks for the smiles. Stay warm! Blessings

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Due mostly to the weather here I've not been out anywhere. I do love to pick up things at after Christmas sales .I did get my decorations down and mostly packed away. Hope you stay warm and cozy there.

Nellie said...

Thank you, Buttercup, for taking us shopping with you today! You have been productive to have things organized so well!

Our wind chill this morning was -15, and our morning low of two degrees set a new record!

Stay safe and warm!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I haven't been in the stores but the sales look really good! I cleared a shelf for my Smash journal and some stickers. I want to work in my art journal more this year! Stay warm!

Chatty Crone said...

I have to agree with you - I LOVE Micheal's - they have the best crafts and decorations there. And it doesn't look busy right now.

sandie

Theresa said...

I did a little 80% off shopping at Hobby Lobby last week:) I didn't need much but I buy things labeled Christmas that I can use all year, like ribbons in colors other than red and green! I stayed in today and really accomplished a lot, it felt good! Stay warm and enjoy your evening dear friend, BIG HUGS!

Deanna said...

Oh Home Goods, one of my fav places to drop some cash on something I don't need but can't resist. And Michael's another place that stimulates my wallet. And I don't listen to the weather, I just read it on an app on my iphone so I don't hear all the drama. Stay safe & warm...my polar vortex friend.

Melinda said...

Very cute.

Staying warm here, our low temps
are moving on.

M :)

Grammy Staffy said...

you are so creative. ...fun post

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

With this weather, I fear my hat hair will be incurable.

Lynn said...

you are so lucky with stores like Michael's, there may be something like this in the larger cities here but NOTHING like it close to where we live, I'm quite envious :-)! It must so nice to be without your boot!

Lynda said...

I LOVE the craft stores. There is always a coupon of some sort for Michael's. We have it and Hobby Lobby. With the HL app on my phone, I can get 40% of a single item every single day. I was in Bed, Bath, & Beyond yesterday and did get some of the Christmas stuff for 70% off. It was difficult to resist!

BJ PUP said...

Sounds like a good day.
There's no Home Goods on the east side. Too bad.
I can't wait to get over my cold cough. Then I can go out other than for walking BJ.

Ida said...

Oh I'd love an outing to Michaels but the nearest one here is a 45 minute drive away. The weather is okay but it did snow last night (mostly melted now) and I don't like traveling in rain or snow all that much. - Looking forward to some crafting myself.

Mevely317 said...

How I envy your planning!
I was just looking at the Michael's advertisements the other day .... chastising myself for not taking advantage of their bargains.

Hope you enjoyed a FUN day today!

Ms Sparrow said...

I saw some Cadbury Easter eggs at the grocery store the other day!