Around the House and Garden: December 2022

December is coming to a close along with 2022. The weather has been flip flopping above and below 0 Celsius. We had two big storms within a few days of each other.

On the Thursday before Christmas we were under rainfall warning, wind warning an a day later blizzard warning. It was so bad that our mall and many businesses shut down on Christmas Eve as everyone was encouraged to stay off the roads. Hwy 401 was shut down through south eastern Ontario right to the Quebec border.

the start of the blizzard in December 2022 at craftygardener.ca
the start of the blizzard December 2022

Thank goodness we had everything we needed for the holidays, and even if we needed it we weren’t going out anywhere and would do without.

the squirrels at craftygardener.ca

At the height of the blizzard the squirrel still ventured out to fill up on seed,

doing puzzles at craftygardener.ca

A friend had stopped before the day before it all started and brought me a puzzle to do. Perfect for a stormy day.

I cooked the turkey on Christmas Eve, wishing all the time that the hyrdro did not go off. So many people close to home were without power, so for up to 4 days. We were one of the fortunate ones and I was able to get the cooking done, even though we weren’t sure if we would get out for Christmas Day.

A day or so after Christmas I made bone broth from the turkey bones and delicious turkey soup.

homemade turkey soup at craftygardener.ca
'Soup'er Sunday recipes at craftygardener.ca

Soup is always in season, find a delicious recipe that just might become your new favourite.

It also gave me the opportunity to finish up the latest afghan. It is the perfect lapghan size and so soft and cozy for the chilly winter days.

the afghan kit at craftygardener.ca

I actually started this afghan after Christmas last year, made a mistake, had to undo it and start again, put it aside in the summer, and then started work on it again once the weather got cooler. I’m pleased with the way it turned out because at first I wasn’t sure about it as it was two different weight yarns and I just didn’t think the edges were working out straight. But once the edging went on it seemed to look just fine.

embroidered snowflakes at craftygardener.ca

Embroidery has resumed on the snowflakes in the big hoop, even though rain is in the forecast for the end of the year.

sunset December 28, 2022 at craftygardener.ca

On December 28, 2022 there was the most gorgeous sunset. Nature once again was giving us a warning of a few days of gorgeous weather ahead. The temperature rose to 7 or 8 Celsius and the snow started melting once again.

December 31, 2022 at craftygardener.ca

The last day of the month has a really foggy start, with huge patches of snow melting and revealing patches of green wanna be grass and has us under heavy rainfall warning. A perfect time to pack away Christmas for another year.

I hope that each of you had an amazing time over Christmas and New Year. We did make it out for our family dinner on Christmas Day after debating whether to go.

I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.

Cozy Afghans

4 Responses

  1. Gail

    We’ve certainly had a variety of weather systems over the last couple of weeks!!! Cozy blanket ! Fun snowflakes too.

  2. CathieJ

    I am glad you stayed safe and warm during that blizzard. That puzzle is adorable and the soup looks tasty. Your afghan is pretty and I love those embroidered snowflakes.

  3. Margie

    Happy New Year, Linda!

    The weather is swinging from one extreme to another. Love the blanket, especially the purple accent

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