Sunday, January 23, 2022

2022 Project 365 – Week Three

I’m feeling somewhat disconsolate this week because of the things that are happening nationally. I’m trying to hold on to all the good things that Biden and his administration have accomplished so that I’m not as crushed by the big disappointments. I’m about ready to bury my head in the sand again for the sake of my peace; but even though most of what is happening in politics won’t affect me negatively, it will affect others. Someone I follow on Instagram said that, for example, we need to quit thinking about “others” being disenfranchised and think instead that, “some of us” will have a harder time to vote. I’m going to start imagining those of us for whom diminished democracy is catastrophic. I’m still tired though.

But enough about depressing things – here are my pictures (& two videos!) for the week. There’s a lot – a nice distraction.
Sunday, January 16th     
Snow day!

Monday, January 17th    
I couldn’t squeeze any more out so I thought I’d cut it open & get one more dab before I tossed the tube. But look at all that eye cream gold! That’s probably enough for a whole week! Maybe two! P. S. After I took the picture I used a Q-tip to get more out. Maybe I should have cut the tube so I could lay it flat.

We got around 3 – 4 inches of snow. I’m very glad I didn’t have to go to work! I had a little help with the bit of snow shoveling that I did.

Full Wolf Moon.

Tuesday, January 18th
The first four miles of my commute were a bit treacherous, but I made it to work. I waited until the sun was fully up before heading out.

Wednesday, January 19th    
I don’t like it, but I do it. I know a lot of people can’t for all kinds of reasons, but if you, can please consider giving blood. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk. (P.S. the prohibition against gay men giving blood is ridiculous. Fix it Jesus!)

Thursday, January 20th
I signed up for a class at my local university, Race Matters, a Multidisciplinary Exploration of Race in America. I’m pretty excited about it! Now I just need to remember how to be a student again…

Friday, January 21st      
Stopped by Daddy & Sue’s house and FINISHED THIS *&^$# PUZZLE! Let us never speak of it again.

I also finished the border on my temperature blanket. I’m not sure when I’ll ever get a good photo of it – our yard is still pretty soggy. I might have to just try to do it in the living room.

Saturday, January 22nd       
This morning’s breakfast! I was very excited about it, but it turns out I don’t really like banana peppers and eggs together. Lesson learned!

Other things I did (clockwise from top right): 1. Played with the macro setting on my new phone by taking a close-up photo of a feral impatiens blossom. 2. Had the bright idea of taking a photo of my temperature blanket on the deck. Um, nope. 3. Sorted out this tangled mass of yarn and forgot to take an after photo. 4. Put the sheets I got as a Christmas gift on the bed (microfiber – very cozy!).

I’m continuing to try to finish up crochet projects in progress before I start something new, but IT IS VERY DIFFICULT. Why do we like to start things but not finish them? Are you like me, or are you a finisher? 


  1. I know what you mean about politics. The dangers to Democracy really are not abstractions. They could affect any of us. (As an overseas voter who HAS to mail his ballot, I'm waiting to see how they will affect me!)

    Love your snow photos and your fun penguin hat. The temperature blanket came out great!

    1. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to wear my penguin hat here in NC, but it definitely gets cold enough!

  2. These threats to our democracy are very real and ongoing. That there are so many obstacles in place to stymie voters is wrong and outrageous. Sooner or later, these will end up affecting us all because we will not get proper representation. I already don't, thanks to unfair districting due to gerrymandering.

    The border on your blanket looks terrific. It really gives it a nice finish. We haven't seen a single bird in days here, thanks to ongoing snow and frigid temperatures. More is on the way today. Sigh.

    1. I'm sorry about the snow - knowing how you feel about it. Ugh.

      I'm just so sad about all the strides we COULD have been making if we had won just a few more seats in the senate.

  3. When I turned 50 I admitted I was never going to finish all the half finished projects and threw them all away.

    It's easy to think voter suppression won't affect those of who are white but the plain fact is that it will. We'll be able to cast our vote but if the Republicans get back in power any time soon, their policies will affect us all and we may not be able to ever vote them out. They will take us back to the Jim Crow era, gays will be vilified and repressed, women will lose what little body autonomy they still have, social security will be a memory. The poor will get poorer and the rich will get richer.

    1. It really does feel like we're headed that way. That's their plan anyway.

  4. A couple of things - 1 Pleeeaassse don't send your snow this way. We do not know how to deal with such things. 2 I love that picture of moon! 3 Your temp blanket looks beautiful! 4 Egg on pizza? Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    1. The egg on the pizza had such potential!

    2. Thanks, Pam! The atmospherics were perfect for a crisp moon pic.

  5. I'm thankful for you & people who give blood!!!
    I have to stop just focusing on politics because it does get so overwhelming. I've never known such a divided time where people REFUSE to see ANY good. Only focus on the bad. its wearing


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