Sunday, March 02, 2008

Tender Easter

Colder here Saturday than expected. The original forecast was for temps in the 30s. Instead we topped out around 25F with a windchill of 19F. Very windy and overcast, and not as much melting. They were calling for temps in the 40s for Sunday but now...who knows? Still calling for rain, though, so that should melt some of the snow.

Walking anywhere these past couple weekends has been horrendous. Sidewalks last weekend were glassy sheets of ice--you were better off walking in the street rather than take your chances with the sidewalks. The worst were out at West Towne Mall and along Odana Road. The walks were fine directly in front of mall entrances, but between the different doors? Those were a hip replacement waiting to happen!

The sidewalks weren't much better today, what with the thawing during the days and refreezing at night--and let me tell you, the city isn't any better at clearing walkways than the general public or area businesses. Walking along Gammon north to Odana was especially treacherous. There was one block before the Beltline where I feared I might slip and end up under a moving vehicle, and I ended up walking in the snow the last sloping block to Odana as wet feet were better than being knocked off one's feet with the icy walkways. I know there's a severe salt shortage, but seriously--something needs to be done about sidewalks before someone is seriously injured. I'm tired of wrenching my knees or back while correcting my balance on slippery sidewalks!

I was glad to finally get home from running errands this afternoon and veg in front of a couple good movies--after popping a few Advil, of course. I did some reading as well, but also started work on a cross-stitch for a friend's upcoming birthday. It's part of a series and the patterns are so simple they usually take only a few days (and a lot of black DMC floss) to stitch.

I somehow managed to churn out a bunch of Easter cards over the past couple weeks--some stamped, some using printed vintage images. Most have now shipped out to troops overseas, but I did keep some for my own use. The cards below use a stamp from the retired SU hostess set, Tender Toile. I used only a portion of the stamp so as to highlight the bunny. Both cards are 4.25" square.

Stamps: Tender Toile
Paper: White (Xerox cardstock); DCWV red and pink.
Ink: Ruby Red
Extras: Grosgrain Ribbon (Joann's), Piercing, Scalloped Square punch (Marvy)


Kate said...

You have an interesting and eclectic blog! Thanks for visiting my blog while I was offline; I appreciate it!

Gwen said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL!!!

Just dropping by to wish you a happy Bday! Hope it's a great one! =)


Heather said...

Thanks Kate - glad to see you're back online!

Thank you, Gwen! So far it's not too bad (other than Brett Favre announcing his retirement...waaaahhhh!).