Friday, February 20, 2015

Brrrrrr...&..."a pox on that rug!"

We're freezing down here in the Sunshine State! Oh, the sun is still shining, but the temperature is a new low for us. My house was a chilly fifty three degrees this morning...I was forced to fire up the heater. I know these temps in the 30's would be welcomed by many of you at this point, but for us it is wicked cold. 

This is the time of year when our roads are swelled by "snow birds". License tags from the North practically outnumber the locals...Ontario, Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio. The people in those cars are surely grateful for the 30's...and the sunshine. They will be thanking their lucky stars this weekend when we are back up in the 70's! Count us among the grateful!

Usually, around this time I am gearing up to put my white slipcovers on my living room furniture. The sun gets stronger every day and I don't want to risk fading on my gets a lot of sun. 

I took a few pics this morning...a final salute to our "winter" home.

This year I gathered all my Shooner Redware on the bookcases. I've enjoyed it there and might end up leaving it. 

I put the rug I was working on...Thistle Down Moon from Maggie Bonanomi...away for now. I just could not get into it. It wasn't fun anymore. I can't find the book with the original in it, so that was frustrating me. I have a horrible feeling that it might have, accidentally, found it's way into the recycling bin with a pile of magazines. It occurred to me as I was hooking on that rug, that the last couple of rugs I have hooked have been that same pallet...with green leaves and black background. I think I was "bored".

 So, I pulled out this Liberty Bert rug and have been working to finish her. I had all the wool with her, and the backing on which she is drawn is a delight to hook on. I'm convinced the change in colors has restored my enthusiasm.

Have a great weekend...try to stay warm...and safe!

Enjoy the day,


  1. Temperature can be a relevant thing. I've seen myself with open bedroom window in the middle of winter complaining how hot I felt years ago and my husband shrieking how cold he felt, lol...

    I find as I get older I'm having more difficulty adapting to temperature changes. I'll take your word for it, it's cold.

    I really like the thistle rug you were working on and I really love the colors as well. Taste is also a relevant thing and everyone isn't the same.

    I sure hope that it warms up in Florida. The Snow Birds will not get their money's worth and our dollar is still on the decline.

    Hang in there, Spring is only 27 and a half days away.

  2. Oh yes but I'd love the 30 degree temperatures as it was 0 degrees this morning when I awoke and below zero with the wind chill. Would love to see an upright picture of Liberty Bert and who the designer is too. Hope your book is just 'missing' at the moment and will be found later.

  3. Hi Robyn,
    Your home is always such a pleasure to visit!
    It is hard to deal with the cold, no matter what temp it may be! I have lived in MI and remember wondering if I would ever see grass again!! I know all the folks who venture south are just tickled to have a break from the "white stuff!" Hoping it warms up soon!!
    Sorry you were frustrated with your other rug and I do hope you find your book!! Your new rug is lovely and hope it brings you renewed joy as you hook it!
    Sending Warm Hugs~

  4. Your home looks beautiful ! Love the rug you are working on .... Sorry all the folks from New England are heading your way, but with a month of freezing temps & snow every Monday, we have had it ! More snow & freezing cold weather on it's way....30 degrees would feel Springy to us now !

  5. Hi Robyn, love your cozy home, looks so inviting.. Beautiful rug your working on, those colors are amazing... Hope you find your book sooner then later.Hugs Francine.

  6. Love your living room -- so gorgeous and tasteful. I envy you your lovely Schooner collection. The rug is wonderful too! Love the reds and the colors in general. I agree -- the change in color palette probably helped you get out of bored mode. Good choice! Now how about sending that 30 degree weather here? lol! Even better, the 70s!

  7. Robyn,
    Your home is lovely. I like the redware on your bookshelves. Glad to hear you are enjoying rug hooking again. I hope you didn't throw your book out and can locate it yet. Stay warm! I won't even tell you what our temps are up here in the upper peninsula of Michigan!! I know it's been cold for everyone. Hugs, Lori

  8. We didn't want you to miss out on the "chilly" fun, so we had the weatherman send some chill down your way ! Plenty to go around ;)

  9. I have been in Florida when they had a freeze and it was cold our cold is very dry an crisp the southern cold is wet and damp.
    It is hard when you are frustrated with a rug. I have a couple I promise myself I will get back to them.
    stay warm

  10. Bob and I were suppose to be in Belleview Fl this week visiting his sister and then we were going to go to Mt Dora, but we did not want to go in the cold...then again 30 sounds better than 22 below which it was this morning. Love your redware in your bookcase. Have a great weekend. Janice

  11. Our high yesterday was 10, the low last night -15, it went even lower than the weather guy said it would. Today was a balmy 20. But you know what? When you're cold, you're cold no matter what you may be used to. I will not be envious of your 70 though (maybe).

    Teasing of course!

    Hugs to your darling Annie! Blessings to you all.

  12. ...Miss Mugwump, your home is absolutely gorgeous! I love the big picture window flowing with all of that natural light! And don't even get me started on your wonderful bookcases! :o)

    ...I thought of you when I heard the low temps in Florida, enjoy those warm temps this weekend!

    ...Enjoy your weekend!

    ...Peace & blessings. :o)

  13. I just love your new rug Liberty Bert. Can you tell us what the name of the pattern is and where we could purchase it at? Can't wait to see it finished!

  14. Hi Robyn! Glorious colors in your Liberty Bert! Glad you're hooking and hoping it keeps you warm in that cold snap! Your home is always a delight to behold! I wish I had your talent for decorating!
    Any license plates from WI down there? Two of my friends are there right now but
    they fly down. Kind of like here in the summer... we see license plates from all over!
    When you get your warm weather back send some our way!! LOL!!
    Cathy G

  15. 30* in Florida is bitter cold! We are near 30 today and it feels like a heat
    Your home is lovely. Thank you for sharing the pictures.
    So happy you've changed rugs to hook and your mojo has returned.
    Hugs :)

  16. Crazy cold!!!!! Your home is beautiful.

  17. Hi Robyn,
    Liberty Bert is beautiful. Love the mustards, reds and blues. My favorites too and sure to make you a happier hooker!!! I do love Maggies books though and have collected all of them. I have seen your missing book on ebay if you can't find it.

    I saw my first robins here in Southern Indiana tonight!! Yeah!!! Hoping Spring is just
    around the corner. I do love seeing your lovely home. Thanks for sharing.
    Take care and happy Spring,

  18. home is GORGEOUS!!!

    Liberty Bert is favorite color palette!

    Wishing you a wonderful day. :)Doreen