Saturday, March 6, 2010

Winter in Ohio...Brrrr......

A drive in the wintry countryside in Fairfield County, Ohio
A walk in the snow... Mt. Pleasant in Lancaster, Ohio

At last, time to settle in to an afternoon in the studio.
Here in Ohio it his has been one of the coldest, snowiest winters in memory (mine anyway). The weatherman finally verified that February was a record breaker for snowfall; over thirty inches. I have to admit that winter has always been the bane of my existence. I usually shiver from the end of November until spring gets a good grip sometime in April. This year was different. Two years ago I purchased a new home. My old one was a little doll house, but three people couldn't turn around in my living room without aomeone getting injured, and it did not have a dedicated space for a studio. I was getting really tired of having to clear off the dining room table whenever anyone came to visit, or worse yet, not inviting friends or family over because I didn't want to clean up the mess. (My realtor remarked that my dining room "looked liked Santa's workshop"). Anyway, the upshot of the matter is that I moved because I realized that I needed a studio in order to continue to grow as an artist, and my new home has a lovely one. Back to winter... This year I have spent much of my time in the studio, designing a new series of quilts called Homeplace (more on that in another posting), setting up a website, listening to great music on my CD player and watching it snow. Too snowy to go to work? Like the Aussies say, no problems. I stay home and sew in my PJ's. This has been a very productive winter and other than consuming way too much hot chocolate I have hardly noticed.

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