Welcome, February

After the blink of January, February is upon us. Chicago received its second blizzard in a single week, and we are now under even bigger snow drifts and slushy puddles. Remember the 6 foot snowperson from the previous post? Well, an even bigger sibling has presented itself in the very same park. This one stands a little over 7 feet tall and is staying fashionable in a green scarf. At that height, this must have been a group effort.

We are also in the thick of a February deep freeze, starting today. Today the low is -14C, and the weekend will see us at a low of -19C at some point with the temps sticking around all of next week, if the forecast is correct. Well. Let’s see how our daily conditioning stroll goes. It is the period for soups, space heaters, wool, and chai. When I get alarmed at cold weather, I remind myself that, growing up in Canada, these temperatures were normal! I was a kid whose commute to high school took over an hour, with a lot of waiting in bus stops and open-air train stations in -15C weather… Here in Chicago, some train stations and bus stops are equipped with overhead heat lamps. Heat lamps. Torontonians knew no such luxury).

On the art front, I have been keeping busy, and bullet journaling my way through the week, finding myself strangely productive. I owe this, in part, to the start of February — new energies abound and the Lunar New Year is approaching. I also like to think that the colours in this week’s theme helped things along a bit. For this first week of February, I went with something festive and ferny-flowery (again).

Against the strong inclination to hibernate, the colours are keeping me awake and focused. πŸ™‚

I hope you are staying safe, well, and warm. Giant Snowman and Snow Flamingo send their greetings. Until next time. πŸ¦©β›„

10 thoughts on “Welcome, February

  1. “It is the period for soups, space heaters, wool, and chai.”

    Truer words have not been spoken. There are still massive amounts of snow in my area but at least clear paths have been made so I can still take a walk.

    I love your bullet journal’s February entries … here’s to a productive month!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Nicky. The heater has been working overtime! We are still enjoying walks, too. I feel lucky to have a selection of knit things to choose from before heading out (it’s been a good year for knits). And same — wishing you a productive month, and progress on your throw. πŸ™‚

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  2. Brrrr! I was thinking about you mentioning that you grew up in Canada so you knew all about cold winters. A couple years ago I was listening to a podcast (do not remember which one) in which a man who grew up in one of the more northern regions of Canada said that in their town they did not have town drunks that lived very long because if they passed out in the snow after a bender, they quickly froze to death! It was that cold! I hope you have wonderful soup, space heaters, chai, etc. It was been cold here – 12 degrees but that must sound balmy to you πŸ™‚

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    1. Ooh, that sounds accurate for northern Canada — one does not want to pass out anywhere outdoors this season, but definitely not up north! 12 F degrees is pretty chilly, too, tho. I hope you are still enjoying the outdoors and are staying warm inside with the new afghan! Thank you for reading and commenting, Tierney. πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh wow, that’s a monster snowman! We were promised big snowfalls last week but they never made it… Maybe you got our snow as well as your own? At least your calendar pages have a nice tropical feel with those flowers and big leaves! Enjoy snuggling up with your knits… And chai does sound pretty good right about now πŸ˜‹

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    1. He still stands to this day. πŸ™‚ And I reckon we did get your snow (was it re-routed?), as its been coming down somewhat non-stop since the last post. I hope the Dubliners are faring much better. Hope you are staying warm!

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