March 18, 2014

The 2014 Polar Vortex

I remember saying something at the end of January that we survived the Polar Vortex, only to be still in the grips of bone-chilling temperatures in the middle of March. What gives!

Day after day (month after month) temperatures (-36 to zero)... Yes, I have plenty of fabric, patterns and quilt magazines to keep me busy, but one simply needs to be able to move around beyond the walls that protect us.  ... what does that even mean, I don't know!

Hubby wanted to have his picture taken standing on the frozen Lake Michigan... so we ventured out to do just that.  It was the most painfully-cold temperatures walking back to the car - I could hardly breath!


Take a look at this NASA photo! The Great Lakes are frozen over.  Brrrrrrrrr.

Blizzard-like winds have created a snow drift outside the front room window... it's up to 5-feet now.  You know how you look at the ceiling long enough you see images?  Well, we've convinced ourselves that we are being watched!  Let me know when you see the face.

We went out a few times to take pictures of what will be referred to as an epic winter. 

Picnic Rocks Park, Lake Superior

No ships here.
Not until the ice is broken up.

Looks like another planet.
Feels like it too!

It will be Spring in a few days... if  we want to actually 'feel' Spring, we're gonna have to travel out of the Midwest to enjoy it!

In the Kitchen:
Lots and lots of roasted vegetables (nothing like a warm kitchen), salmon, couscous, Forbidden Rice (new to us... we blended it in with our brown and wild rice).

Batches of  Colonial Apple Bread and Date muffins... eat to stay warm (?)

Made this batch substituting milk for orange juice.

In the Sewing Chair:
*A Wedding quilt for my son and his soon-to-be bride (oh yeah, we are ecstatic!)  I'm using a Kaffe Fassett Jewel Tones Charm pack along with a Blue-Green Vine print as the background.

*Sunbonnet Twins wall-hanging is finished and sent out to my parents.
*Festive Trees and Winter Trees quilts, in progress.

Enjoy Your Sewing! 


  1. Great to hear from you! I'll bet those temps. are hard to get used to after living in the PNW. It was super rainy here last month though, so it was a good thing it wasn't snow or we'd have been buried. Love the quilt you are making!

  2. I can't believe that our weather forecast has us in the 20's for at least another week. This has been crazy! Just crazy!
    Enjoy signs of Spring!


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