I can’t believe that January is just about over. These days go by much too quickly nowadays. We’ve been going a little crazy being stuck indoors so much because of these icy cold temperatures. Even bundled up, it’s still too cold, and way too windy, for the kids to play outside, and the frigid air has been going around and knocking out all the car batteries, too. I’ve cranked up the heat inside, and stuck plastic bags around the openings in the air conditioners, and lined big, thick blankets along the edges of the windows where the gusting winds finds ways to get through the cracks. The snow we got a few weeks back from the first arctic rush was only a few inches; now we have snow drifts outside my window that would easily go above my knee if I should step into it.
But I’m not stepping into it. I’m fortunate that I can stay home with my little children, and even though we’re dreaming of getting outside soon, we’re doing our best to while away these cold days. The boys spend countless hours drawing their own books and sounding out the words, while I serve us all mug after mug of hot cocoa and fresh coffee. At night, we bundle up together, wrapped in blankets and woolies and read. And during the day, I have been crocheting.
Between the other projects I’ve been working on, I’ve been taking the time each day to make up another square for my 2014 Mood Afghan. I’ve focused a lot on my better moods, grouping my not-so-great days together, but I’m thinking I should have added a “I’m-so-cold” mood, or a “hey-when’s-the-sun-going-to-shine?” mood. (Here are my colors and their corresponding moods; the pattern link can be found there as well.) Nonetheless, the squares are coming along nicely. The background of the squares are done in Pea Green, but after some thought, I figured I’d delineate the months by making the first day of each month have a beige background instead of pea green.
I really like the pattern, and it’s simplicity makes it easy for me to stay on top of the project. It only takes about 10 minutes to whip one of these up in the evening, so it works out well. It’s going to be a long year, watching this one take shape and form, but I’m pretty excited to see it through.
How about you? Any of you working on the mood afghan? How’s your progress?
~ Mellie ★