It’s 10pm and I just finished washing the dishes, cleaning up in the kitchen, plus I even managed to wash one of my self-knitted scarves and Angelo’s beanie. I have been using a silken ladder yarn scarf but I now realize I need more protection from the elements when the temperatures take a dive. I have not bought scarves for the winter for a couple of years now because I have taken to knitting my own. I’m no expert knitter so I tend to experiment with sizing (oversized stitches given a yarn thickness) and then I add trim. For some of the scarves, the embellishment or “arte” lies in the kind of yarn I actually use.
But paper is what has kept me preoccupied of late. I opened another store on Etsy dealing primarily with paper — recycling paper in particular and creating gift tags and gift cards, and eventually — hopefully other paper products. I am researching making hand-made recycled paper and just today, came across a tutorial on making paper beads. (Talk about combining two of my current passions!) I even have the paper cut today which caused me to wash with one hand in a latex glove. (One reason I don’t throw away those disposable gloves that come with your shampoo-in hair dye.) That’s nothing compared to the multiple cuts my hands suffered from some 14 months ago when I experimented with resin domino pendants. Hmmmm.. the pendants are still in the experimental stage so no, they haven’t exactly been something lucrative. At least I have the many lessons I learned in the process.
Snow.. I know I ought to take comfort in the words of my favorite weatherman that it won’t be as bad and as much as the blizzard. Uhm, just 3-5 inches (!) of snow.. I wish I had the same optimism. Anything beyond a light dusting is cause for frustration. Then again I must remind myself I live in a part of the world where cold winters like this one are the norm. (Lightbulb in my head… reminder to self: note to Donna.)
I braved the cold today to walk to Rockefeller Center to take pictures of the Christmas tree. It was lovely but very cold. Am I surprised that I seem to have caught a bug? Nope. I came all wrapped and snuggly but it looks like it wasn’t warm enough. (Nothing my throat spray and lozenges cannot handle..) Christmas in New York is not quite like the all around Christmas spread in Manila, but it has its own charm.
It brings me back to Manila where we all spent Christmas last year, and where Angelo and I had our first New Year’s Eve, me after 9 years of having spent that night in New York. It was also our first spent apart as Alan had left earlier for home. I opted to stay behind because Dad was sick. I extended once and was ready to extend another time, but the flights were full. I had work and Angelo had school. So on the 7th, we bid our goodbyes and that was that.
So back to the snow.. =) At least it’s a Friday, and hopefully, I’ll get to go home early enough. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…