Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rain, rain ... please don't go away

We've had torrential rain here for the past twelve hours or so. It's the first major storm of the season, and there was some flooding and power outages. Fortunately, the tiny flood outside my apartment shown in the picture above has already subsided. I worked from home today to avoid having to commute during the storm and enjoyed it so much. It was cozy working at my little desk near the window with the rain pounding and wind blowing outside.

We've been in a drought for the last few years, so the rain is badly needed, but not quite so much at one time. It's going to clear up by tomorrow afternoon and then we'll have a few dry days before the next storm. I know this is a good thing because another day of rain like this would cause rivers to rise and mud to slide, but I love rain so much that I don't want it to end. We are supposed to have a rainy El Nino winter, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed it's true.

Here are a few more signs of Autumn from my neighborhood. Aren't those shiny Liquid Amber leaves gorgeous?

My neighbors like to decorate for fall. Love this scarecrow ...

And this wreath.

I'm knitting cotton dish cloths based on a pattern from The Purl Bee. Lately I've been enjoying their knitting patterns so much.

I'm using Blue Sky Organic Cotton in drift and ladybug. It's soft and dreamy to knit with. The pattern is just a simple garter stitch, but it is so satisfying.

My pal Dogwood gave me
The Elegance of the Hedgehog , and it is SO good. After months of reading romances and vampire novels, this book is like a gourmet meal for my brain.

Last weekend I made Halloween greeting cards from vintage-looking postcards. They aren't very fancy, so I tried to spruce them up with glitter and the results were disastrous-- my television remote control is covered in orange glitter. I had to start over on a few of them. I can't show you all the cards right now because I want the recipients to be surprised, but I can show you this postcard since it's for Dogwood and she's already seen it. I love the pumpkin floating in the upper corner.

Hope you have a great week.


renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Goodness, I quickly get behind on all your posts here. I love the the pictures in the vintage bird book you mentioned a few posts back. And did you know we have 5 cats? Used to have 7!

I saw those dish towels too. Are you going to make a whole set?

Glad you are enjoying your autumn!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

One of my favorite things to do is knit dishcloths. It is so relaxing. We've had rain for the past week and I'm getting really tired of it. Also, it's been a rainy summer too. Kind of unusual for southern Missouri. Your card looks so cute, I love vintage Halloween cards. Have a nice week. Twyla

Theresa said...

I sure wish I could bottle up all this rain down here and send it to you. It hasn't been good to us with the flooding. I used to like to hear the rain coming down and stay in but since the flood, when I hear the rain... I cringe! Have a blessed day and stay dry, my friend.

Marie Reed said...

The wreath is GORGEOUS! I found your blog when doing a search for vintage postcards:)

Thimbleanna said...

Hahahaha -- just imagining your remote covered in glitter is making me laugh. And Dang it! Our book group read The Elegance of the Hedgehog, but I didn't get it read that month -- I need to read that book!

Woollywotnots said...

I love being at home in the warmth and watching the rain. It is nice that you were able to work from home. Those leaves are amazing. I love looking at trees and the detail in the bark and leaves etc. Nature is so fascinating. The scarecrow is very cute and the wreath is lovely. I love the cotton you've chosen for the dish cloths - such lovely colours. Your book from dogwood sounds like an interesting story. I have glitter pens now because my time with glitter otherwise, always ends in disaster! : )

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

I love working from home. I love it so much, I haven't seen my office in 4 months! Now it's just sheer laziness to want to go to work - like physically drive there. I put it on my calendar to actually go into work in a couple of weeks. Need to catch up on the office gossip. LOL.

I bought myself a skein of yarn and a couple of crochet hooks. I'm going to give that a try. I don't know if I'll succeed or not but I'll try it.

Dogwood said...

Hi Stacy~

Love seeing you photo of the flooded sidewalk. Wow! I heard that your area got 7 inches of rain. San Francisco got about 3 inches and lots of wind with fallen trees! How nice to stay home and work. Love all your projects. Glad you like the book!


Rachel said...

I love rain, too. And I love fall. It's just so unfortunate that Fall decided to skip us this year. sigh. We're covered in snow... but I heard there's a thaw coming this weekend. Hurray!
Love your seasonal pics and the vintage postcard.
You covered your t.v. remote in glitter? Hilarious!

Debra said...

oh that does sound so nice and cosy sitting inside with the rain against your window...it would certainly tempt me though to be doing some other more crafty things...sneaky i know..i have worked for myself for many years. It does require good discipline which i sometimes strayed form only to find myself up at 3.30 doing what 'brought the money in' work..its all good though. Your dishcloth looks great.

Jill said...

Stacy - your rain became our SNOW this morning! can you imagine! I love working from home -actually just staying home...(smile).



Hi Stacy,
You can have the rain, snow and cold..I'll send it your way :)
I need to get going on my ATC cards...rec'd your ATC and card...awesome and thank you!!
Love the picture of the leaves.
Happy weekend!
Deb :)