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The Rain Girl here...does your forecast mean I'm coming to visit for over a week?! ;-)

It's been said that we Canucks are defined by our weather; certainly the Inuit are -- with their plethora of words for snow! We've had a dry winter here -- till about 10 days ago. Since then, it's been snowsnowsnow. The skiers are rejoicing and the farmers (in anticipation of spring run-off) are too.

By Blogger Margaret, at 9:12 AM  

Hey -- looks like your Wednesday post posted twice. I've done that before! Easy enough to delete one. (Keep the one with the comments!) ;-)

I LURRRVE (!) the spindle with the little sheepies on it! Is that what I'll be using? I'm getting so excited!


By Blogger Mary, at 6:56 PM  

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006  

Thank you weather gods, for listening in on my phone conversation with P. But do we need to have 8 straight days of rain?

Weather dot com says that beginning on Saturday - that’s what we can expect. We are very dry around here and can use the wet. I shan’t complain. Yet. Especially if it is going to hit the 70’s over the next few days and some of those are not going to be rainy.

Weather is so much more important in the country than it was when I lived in the city. I can only remember a few snow storms and one very windy day in all the years I lived in suburban or urban America. Once we moved to the country each day’s weather mattered. If it rained too much the road washed away. If it froze hard for a few days and then warmed up, the road turned into mud. Either way I had to carry baby-in-snowsuit or laundry baskets half a mile through the woods from the safe parking spot to the house. If when the summer drought hit hard enough, we lost our corn crop, or bean crop, or both. If it rained too much, like last spring, we never made the corn crop at all - or made only 70% of it.

Like most folk, if an ice/snow storm was bad enough, the power went out, but since work crews target maximum population roads first - you guessed it. There are 22 houses on 3 miles of road. We aren’t last, but we aren’t first either.

. . .

Well - all that nattering was just to comment on the weather - which is not dull and stupid if you live among farmers at the end of half a mile of country lane. So when weather is sweet - it is especially sweet and today, 77 degrees sounds especially sweet.

The truly exciting news is that my spindle kits arrived yesterday. Whoopeee! and Thank You Barbara for getting them to me so quickly. They contain one sheepy Louet spindle: and almost 5 oz. of colonial wool - half white, half a color. I ordered one extra one for me to use while teaching and chose the one with orange wool, since that is not a really popular color among adults. The spindles are a little heavy - I suspect they’re about 2 oz. This is good, since their weight will support the thicker yarn a new spinner is likely to draft. My first spindle was even heavier - a big chunk of wood and a thick dowel for a shaft. I’m so used to spinning on the lighter models now that it’s good I have a few days to practice on this spindle. Besides - I’ve been wanting to spin some heavier weight yarn. Now I have the right tool too. Two right tools.

I’ll add my handouts to the kits tonight or tomorrow. They’re just about finished but I wanted to get some heavier paper to print them on so I can print front and back without all that dark toner showing through.

As for anything else? Well - today is Wednesday and we all know what that means.

posted by Bess | 7:18 AM