- Months: 1 (+1) OR
- 366 days
- 29,030,400 seconds
- 483,840 minutes
- 8,064 hours
- 48 weeks
- 92.05% of a common year (365 days)
- Trips to the Office: 5 (0)
- Pounds Lost: 13 (+5)
- Books Read: 36 (+2)
- Temari Made: 53 (+1)
- Temari Tutorial/Pattern Written: 8 (0)
- Yubinuki Made: 8 (0)
- Haircut: 1 (0)
- Studio Ghibli Movies Watched: 16 (+2)
- Other Series Binge Watched: 6 (+2)
- Voted for President: 1 (0)
- Sewing Projects: 2 (0)
- Lines of Executable Code Written: 15,836 (+860)
- Participation in Snowmageddon: 1 (+1)
- Duration: 8 days with 5 continuous days at or below freezing
- Inches of Snow: 11 (+11)
- Days without Power: 1 (+1)
- Days without Water: 4 (+1)
- Days without a Shower: 8 (+1)
- Coldest Overnight Temp: 6 F
A few days late due to the Snowmageddon!
Bear with me on this, it's a great story of a 6-degree's of separation event and a Mitzvah has been done.
3 years ago I moved to Hill Country Texas from Southern California.
During my 30+ years of living in California, I took metal lessons from Deb. Deb grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas.
After moving to Texas I started working on Temari again and became acquainted with Holly via a temari group, who lives near Houston.
Then last week Snowmageddon 2021 hit.
Over 2 storms we had almost a foot of snow and temperatures in the low teens. We lost power for a day and water for five. Other people around the state had it much worse, houses burned down and pipes burst. We will not discuss how the utilities mis-handled their respective areas.
During this time, one day on Facebook, Deb mentions that her 90 (yes NINETY) year old mom Mildred is alone in Nacodoches and she is worried about her. I googled it and she is a 5 hour drive away, in GOOD WEATHER from where I am so just zipping over was not going to happen. Note: I know how to drive on snowy and icy roads it's the rest of Texas I don't trust.
I then remember Holly has some church connections and just maybe she knew someone who knew someone out near Nacodoches, so I put the question to her.
Sure enough, Holly knew someone (Mireya) who's god mother (Lorraine) is a Pastor at the Methodist church just THREE blocks away from Mildred's house. Phone information was passed back and forth and arrangements were made.
This morning Pastor Lorraine has taken water to Deb's mom and verified she's doing well and Deb is very relieved. Plus Deb now has a contact who could assist if Mildred needs help. A call was made to Deb from Lorrain while at Mildred's house and a picture was also sent. Everyone is very relieved and happy this has happened.
The ENTIRE state of Texas has been placed under a weather warning as a massive cold and snow storm was on it's way. All week the overnight temperature was dropping and we were warned about a chance of rain and or snow this weekend.
And sure enough, at 10 pm last night it started to snow. This morning we have a winter wonderland; it appears we had about 3 inches of snow!
It has begun!
I am starting the Temari Level 3 certificate which is classified as Teacher. To officially teach Temari is Japan, this certification is required. FYI, Level 4 makes you a Master or Professor; I don't know if they would use the term Sensi for L4.
For this certification are about 11 temari to make; of which 12 temari plus 8 new patterns and the temari from the patter are required. The all the patterns and 3 of these temari are sent to Japan to be kept by the Japanese Temari Association; sometimes they sell the temari to raise funds.
I have to work on this for at least 2 years before I can apply but it may be closer to 3 before I actually do.
Here is a temari I just finished for fun; it is not a temari that is required for the L3 certification.
Laurie lives in central Texas with Erich a.k.a. "the shop elf"- her hubby of 30+ years and Cowboy Boots, the cat; her metals studio including 100+ hammers and 300+ chasing tools; her sewing studio which has a sewing machine, a closet filled with fabric, hundreds of skeins of embroidery floss and perle cotton, silk and other materials, and Mrs. King the dress dummy; two weaving looms, assorted knitting needles, tubs of yarn; lots of books; plus a plethora of geeky tech gadgets and more.