Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Some Freebies for you

I have had a lot of spare time on my hands over the last 5 days due to the blizzard of 2010 (the new official name for the snow storm we have just had!) and have not been able to get out of the house. It gave me a chance to go through the numerous old photos I have been collecting forever an I thought I would share some with you. Please feel free to use them in your artwork or for anything else. I would love to see what you do with them!

Left click to view large, right click to save

I'll post some more tomorrow.

P.S. If anyone has a tip on uploading more than one picture at a time could you please let me know. I have tried to do it so many times and it never works - thanks!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Lessons Learned

Lesson number 1: You know when those nice people on the weather channels tell you that there is a storm of epic proportion coming your way ~ listen! I, for one, did not. I was all set to go away on Friday morning to a little retreat up in the hills of Shenandoah for a much needed bit of R&R. My girl friends and I had been planning this trip for weeks: a bit of arting, food, wine, chatting and generally just to get away from the stresses of the world and Zen out! Come Wednesday the weather forecast was for heavy snow in northern Virginia and the D.C. area, somewhere between 12 and 24 inches. I was having none of it and insisted to everyone that it would all be okay, just being hyped up and we should still go. Along comes Thursday with even more panic and frantic calls to call off the whole thing, we can always plan another trip when the weather gets better. No, not me, I was still having none of it. Mmm ~ bad idea. When I eventually admitted defeat on Thursday evening and fell into a sulk, I had really not planned on getting supplies in for being housebound for an indefinite period because I was so annoyed at the inconvenience. So Friday it snowed and snowed and snowed! And Saturday it continued relentlessly. When all was said and done, Gainesville had managed to accumulate 31 inches on top of the 6 inches from the Tuesday before. I was stranded ~ alone ~ with no milk for my tea! I spent the best part of 5 hours yesterday trying to unearth my car and make an escape route to civilization! But even today (Monday) the roads are treacherous, there are still over 100,000 people without electricity and I still have no milk! I have severe cabin fever and knew it was getting worse today when I started making my cat some 'kitten mittens' out of duct tape so he get out to pee! So lessons learned from this past weekend: Be prepared and listen to the weather forecast!

My backyard

Ice in my bird bath

And on a more somber note ~ Below is the most recent photo my husband sent to me from Haiti. I think this says it all really. He will be coming back home some time in early March so that will be somewhat of a relief for me. He says things are moving very slowly over there at the moment. Supplies are very limited and disease is everywhere. My heart goes out to the people suffering this tragic disaster.


I'm sure I will have plenty of more time on my hands over the next few days to update my blog. We have another snow storm coming this way tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday! Yippee!!!

Have a great week everyone!