Category Archives: winter

Snow and a Skein

Snow in NYC

It’s official, we just broke the record for snowiest month in NYC! It’s been an insane snow-driven month and as such it is hard to get pictures lately without snow coming into them one way or another. So I decided to share with you all some pictures that I took walking around different parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan and at different times of day too.

Snow in NYC

Snow in NYC

This is the cutest snow cat ever!
Snow in NYC

Snow in NYC

Although we are getting a little sick of all this snow, I have to say that it does make the city look very pretty! Until you walk into a puddle of slush that is 6″ deep and you find out that your snow boots have sprung a leak just as the wet and cold start seeping in… ugh!

Snow in NYC

On one of these cold days hubby and I had a dinner and a movie date and by total luck found the Shake Shack open! They have our all-time favorite burgers (seriously, the best burgers I have EVER had) and we like to go there pretty often. Usually, though, we go to one of their other locations in the winter as their original location is outdoor and closes for the cold. We were going to go elsewhere when we saw that they decided to put out heat lamps this winter and stay open. Awesome decision because that meant we could have yummy burgers AND stay nice and warm too. 🙂

Snow in NYC

Snow in NYC

Mmmmm, burgers!
Shake Shack burger and fries

It was nice to see that even the huge amount of snow we’ve been getting couldn’t stop us from having a yummy dinner like this. 😀

And on a more knitting-related note, I was the lucky recipient of a skein of Malabrigo Rios in the color Azules from Andrea of Life on Laffer! I’m very excited to have won and can’t wait to make something with it… I’m thinking a hat. And I have one in the works, too, of my own design… so it might be a prototype! 😀

Malabrigo Rios

Yay! Thanks again, Andrea!

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Pretty snow

I know what you’re thinking… what the hell is she talking about? Wasn’t she complaining just yesterday that all the snow and gray skies were so depressing and a much-needed yarn therapy was in order? Yeah, okay, you got me… but after I posted that complaint I was surprised and delighted with a gorgeous sunset last night. Now I’ve seen my share of beautiful sunsets from our apartment because of our view but this one in particularly stuck me as amazing because it was snowing at the same time! That’s right, we had snowfall AND a sunset. Now how often does that happen? And, of course, I had to document it… you know, because I was sure no one would believe me unless I did. 😉

Snow + Sun

Snow + Sun

As the snow turned into a flurry, a more respectable (though still pretty) sunset emerged!

Snow + Sun

Today we woke up to gorgeous blue skies and a bitterly cold morning that turned into an equally bitterly cold day. We didn’t let that stop us from having any fun, though, as our nephews were visiting us from California and a quick trip to the roof was definitely in order!

Snow on the Roof

Kubrick’s face up there? That’s how happy the dogs were to be on the roof! And, of course, they weren’t the only ones.

Snow on the Roof

Are my nephews gorgeous or what? Too bad I can’t take credit for any family resemblance as they are my brother-in-law’s kids! But they do look a lot like my husband, so I guess I picked a good one. 😉

Snow on the Roof

Snow on the Roof

They had lots of fun playing in the snow… and so did the dogs!

Snow on the Roof

Snow on the Roof

Snow on the Roof

What’s with kids constantly eating snow? LOL!

Snow on the Roof

Snow on the Roof

Snow on the Roof

Snow on the Roof

Snow on the Roof

And then it got too cold to stay up there anymore and we headed downstairs… not before I got this one last shot of pretty, though!

Sun sets through

Hope your weekend is treating you well!

Post-Blizzard Day

Blizzard 12/21/2010 Day after

Up there is what the street below looked like after the snow stopped falling. We’ve had crazy snowfall for just under 24 hours of actual snowing time (no kidding!) but the wind is still blowing at 50mph gusts. Totally crazy and so so cold out there! Sorry about my pajamas reflected in the window, but I thought the picture still looked pretty cool with all the snow blowing around.

Blizzard 12/21/2010 Day after

So what did I do today you ask? I didn’t take one step out of the building, that’s what! I relaxed and knit on an Effortless Cardigan that I cast on yesterday (it’s going really fast, if you can’t tell!):

Effortless Cardigan - WIP

It’s made out of MadTosh Tosh Worsted in Amber Trinket – such a beautiful color and love knitting with this yarn, so I’m excited to have another sweater made out of it! The pattern was a gift from a Gifting Exchange over at the Fiber Fix Ravelry group and it’s nice to finally be knitting for ME rather than for others. 🙂

Effortless Cardigan - WIP

I also hung out with the pups, who just laid by my feet while I knit… or on top of my knitting when I got up. 😉

Posing by the tree

Posing by the tree

I couldn’t resist doing a small photoshoot with them as well… they are so cute, no?

Posing by the tree

Posing by the tree

Posing by the tree

I just love lazy days like this! What did you all do this Monday?

Snow!

Our first snow of the season hit us (I’m not counting the sprinkling we got a few weeks ago) and what a storm this is! It has been deemed a blizzard now and there are whiteout conditions out there – which I can totally attest to as hubby and I went to see a movie (pre-paid tickets, or else we would have waited until another day) and got to experience it first hand walking to and from the subway stop. The pictures aren’t the best since they are from a phone, but those streaks of white? That’s how fast the snow is falling!

Blizzard 12/16/2010

And me, all bundled up!

Blizzard 12/16/2010

Here are some pictures from when we got back in the house… as you can tell it’s pretty bad out there!

Blizzard 12/16/2010

That lump of white in the upper middle of the picture? That’s a snowed in cab! And on the right is a cab driver spun out… I can’t even count the number of cabs we’ve seen driving sideways like this since then…

Blizzard 12/16/2010

Since I’ve taken the pictures above I can’t even see the street below, it’s that bad! I hope if you are also experiencing this blizzard that you are safe inside and staying warm! I don’t think anyone should even attempt travel by car out there, it’s that bad!

And to leave this post on a more positive tone, Christmas Eve dinner at our house was wonderful and we had a blast. Good food and laughter with friends/family. What more could you ask for? 🙂

Christmas Eve Dinner

Hope your holidays are treating you well and Merry Christmas to those that celebrate it!

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

As soon as I found out that a Total Lunar Eclipse would occur on the Winter’s Solstice, and not only that but this is something that has not been seen on Earth since 1638 (yes, that’s 372 years ago!) I decided that I just had to watch it! So I stayed up late (not that hard, actually, if you know me at all) and braved the 20 degree cold night air and gusty winds outside my balcony to get pictures of it! I can’t say that the Total Lunar Eclipse one turned out as well as I had hoped because, as it turns out, the gusty winds moved my tripod a tiny little bit and the pictures blurred a bit. But still, some of the pictures turned out well enough and it’s too cold to try and brave that again, LOL!

Lunar Eclipse 2010

Lunar Eclipse 2010

Lunar Eclipse 2010

Is that awesome or what? I love that I was able to watch it and think about the fact that the last people to watch this happen were alive more than 300 years ago. Wow. Makes one think, no? Did any of you watch it? Were you as impressed by it as I was? Or am I just really easily impressed? 😉

Happy Winter’s Solstice everyone! Hope you stay warm on this the shortest day of the year (although if you are in the Southern Hemisphere I’ll instead say stay cool on this the longest day of the year).

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