Wednesday, January 12, 2011


They LOOK cozy, but my bathing suited ass would be frozen after a few minutes in one of these deck chairs. And there's no hot, swarthy (or sleazy with a gold tooth) guy wandering around the deck checking if I need a freshly made drink in a coconut. And you know why he's not there? Because he IS in Mexico. And I'm staying here in Massachusetts.

My plan was to spend the next 6 days on beach chairs. Thanks to Mother Nature and a crazy thunderstorm/snowstorm that's still going on, that plan's kind of shot. But thanks also to a well executed decision regarding trip insurance, we'll go in February instead, which makes this snowday still kind of fun.

Insead of the sand and sea and the aforementioned skeevy beach guys, we'll be looking at about a foot and a half of snow for the next 6 days. It's a different kind of beautiful, right? I 've shoveled once, built a snow fort, and am now waiting for the driveway to be done so I can finish up the back stairs.

After which, we'll have lunch. Without the margaritas.


Instead, we'll experiment with the amaretto from my Grandma's kitchen, or try this weird Dutch cinnamon liquor a friend gave me, or go with the kahluha. It's like an adult hot chocolate buffet right? (the kids will get the straight up kind).

We live on a street that's a little like a dorm, so I'm betting there will be a bit of mixing and matching once the shoveling is done and friends begin meandering the street, looking for a little conversation. It's a good thing it's shaping up to be a good snowday, or I'd be pissed.

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And it's giving me time to think about other vacations. Cabins in gorgeous spots and crafty diversions. The new homepage on Ravelry is all about Squam Lake. Mmmmmmm. I've been checking that link out. And I just heard about a Colorado Mountain version called TheMakerie that looks just as amazing. The cabins alone make me want to go, never mind all the classes and the great food. Since you have probably not heard of Colorado one, a link is here: themakerie.com. Check it out. See? Mmmmmm.

Rustic cabins, lakes or mountains, yummy food, interesting people, cool new stuff to learn, and a retreat from the everyday. Just perusing these two websites makes me want to book a cabin on a lake with my knitting friends and take crafty classes and snap gorgeous pictures.

Maybe next year.... when the snow stops.

I'm going back out now, and once done shoveling those steps, I'm going to take the rest of the day as my own mini-vacation with the hot chocolate and the knitting and a couple of non crafty friends. Hope you're all cozy and knitting too if you're in New England!

15 comments:

JoAnn said...

My sympathies on the snow. We had a good dose of 18" here in Wisconsin last month. I know where you're coming from. All you need to do now is put together a pot of chili to go with those drinks :)

Beautiful shade of blue yarn!

Ariane said...

Funny thing, here in Montreal, which is not very far from New England, we don't have that much snow...

Kym said...

I love a good old snow storm (or even two or three!), and there's nothing like a snow day to get some good knitting done. But when it interferes with travel. . . that's where I draw the line. So sorry you're not in Mexico. So glad you'll be able to make the trip later.

Enjoy the snow!

Kathleen said...

I live about 20 minutes from Boulder, CO. We had good snow early this week. Just an FYI, Colorado still can get snow in April; which seem to be the dates for TheMakerie. But it's in a beautiful location near the Flat Irons; and you're only 45 minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park. Just do it.

Hubby said...

Hey, can you tell us all more about your new step shoveling technique? Adios!

Kristen said...

A snow day sounds so exotic and fun, but then so does Mexico. Both will be good.

And I concur with Hubby and would like to know about your shoveling technique. He sounds cute.

Anonymous said...

He's mocking me. We have a big flight of steps from the front to the back patio, and they have to be shoveled for the kids who cut thru and the oil guys.

There was NO walking down them. So I sat at the top with the shovel in front of me and slid down plow style. And Repeat. He was amused,but it Worked like a charm.

Thea

Zonda said...

Yikes, you definately got more than we did..and um..it's almost melted too. Sorry about your vacation elsewhere, good thing for the insurance though.

Hope your afternoon was interesting ;)

Seanna Lea said...

I completely understand. I haven't seen my mom since my wedding (umm, 2005), because the time we tried to go visit we were snowed in. It was definitely all kinds of not fun.

I'm glad that you had trip insurance and can go at another time. You will be tired of cold and wet presumably in February too, so the trip will be a needed break to a land of sunshine and drink-filled coconuts.

Turtle said...

bummer on the trip, but i like your alternate plan as well. We awoke to all the snow melted this morning, left that after-snow brown green ick. Weird thing is now the temp is 50 degrees with lots and lots of rain in the forcast vs the single digits/more snow they forcast for us... huh? lol
the cabins sound wonderful! I commented to try and win that squam trip, would be heaven to get a chance to go home...and craft with talented folk!

janna said...

I'm so sorry about your trip, although you're so smart to have gotten travel insurance. I shouldn't say this out loud but we've had a pretty easy winter so far - definitely the easiest since I moved here in 2007. This week it's really cold (highs in the low teens) but at least there's only a few inches of snow...

Hilary said...

Yes, a different kind of beautiful! I think a few snow days holed up with knitting and boozy hot chocolate and the potential for fun neighbor interaction sounds like a ton of fun! And, wow, trip insurance was so smart of you. I never get that and know it's going to bite me in the butt one day. Hope the rest of your week was fun!

weaverknits said...

My god, I've never purchased trip insurance! Good work, you!

And it's been kind of nice here with the snow sticking around all pretty-like, right? Great weather for knitting and napping and bad TV.

zephyrsarah said...

we keep waiting for the snow to hit as "they" said it would, but it never does! So sorry your did right in time for your trip.

also, i must say you have so many beautiful patterns. so inspiring!!!

choo choo knits said...

it's too bad about mexico...but YUM...kahlua! A girl after my own heart!