It's official: this has been the worst winter in a very long time and there are still two more months to endure. This morning's forecast included the prediction that another Arctic cold front [for some reason, this is now called a vortex] is coming our way. This one will bring even colder temperatures than the two previous ones. At least the sun has made an appearance today after being conspicuously absent for two dreadfully overcast and snowy weeks. It is still quite cold at 17 degrees, though there is the promise of a high of 18 degrees this afternoon. Ah, a veritable heat wave! But at least it is bright. Everyone has been talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder lately as if it were a modern day plague.
I have already had to cancel Tuesday classes five times because of weather this winter and may have to do so yet again. One would think this would all make for good stitching weather but that's not the way it is turning out for me. Even wearing warm cashmere gloves on my short drive home from work leaves my fingers very cold and cramped. I don't know whether it's rheumatism or arthritis or simple age, but it takes nearly an hour of cradling my hands round hot mugs of tea.to limber up enough to stitch.