It feels like Saturday but the clock tells me it’s Sunday now so it is already J’s birthday. How 15 years have flown with the one who was a boy of few words and is now nearly a man and still of few words. It was cold like it is now when he was born too and I carried him in a rebozo under a huge overcoat of my grandad’s to keep his skinny limbs from freezing.

Later on he will have his favourite dinner followed by a mayonnaise chocolate cake with whipped cream on the side. The girls will make a huge fuss and he will be underwhelmed but happy.

The freezing temperatures have enabled the girls to try out something I saw on Pinterest somewhere:

They only needed all this stuff to make the ice bowls

They set it all up at about 5pm on Friday and by 11pm that night the water was already well frozen and Mr G got in the car to see how cold it was… -7! Living in a river valley keeps us a bit warmer but not that much.

This morning they pushed the ice out of the containers and watched them all day as they melted a little bit but not completely then became filled with snow. Miss Froo couldn’t find her mittens so I made another pair – my only FO this week. If you missed my how to sew mittens tutorial my biggest tips are to use a zipper foot and sew the seams then cut the fleece afterwards. The thumb and other curves are tricky to sew without going off the edge and pinning the two layers together makes this easier to handle. Get your zipper foot out and start sewing!

The snow was dry and easy to play with until it got dark but now it is melting and everything is dripping. We’ll wait and see if it freezes tomorrow but in case it does I’ve moved the car up the road onto a flat road so that we can get out if we need to. Last year when the weather was bad I ended up leaving the car here at the bottom of the hill for nearly two weeks as I didn’t want to risk driving up one icy hill and down another to the main road which was well salted and clear.

Keep warm and sleep tight.

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One Comment to “Cold”

  1. Chocolate mayonnaise cake? Can you share the recipe please? Hope birthday goes well. The ice bowls look good. Little I was out playing in the snow with her dad and her sled yesterday, she loves it. But I stayed in the warm with baby. 🙂 . I think if i left my car at the end of the road the wheels may not be on it by the next morning! I hate driving in the snow! BTW we are using your lovely bright coloured baby vests, thank you!

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