This winter, like everyone else, I have been shoveling and shoveling. This cuts into the free time I have for knitting. Still, we are from the snowy north so it gives you an opportunity to wear your heavy sweaters. I am also a bit of a fanatic about keeping the cut outs to the street open. Have you noticed this year that many merchants are not? Complain to them, it’s the only tool we have to keep ‘civic duty’ alive. I also spend time opening the storm drains on our corner. Swimming to the yarn shop seems wrong, so the drains have to be found. Here you see me examining the results of what happens if the drains aren’t open nearby. I took a bath in the alley in a 3 inch pool. Of course the first thing on my mind was my knitting, as demonstrated by the emptied out knitting bag on the floor(also submerged). Next was the contents of my purse. Turns out all those little paper reciepts we carry around? You would be surprised how few we need to keep when they have been submerged in a pool of icy and oily water. Finally my clothes. Yuck. I did discover one good thing… Blazers can be washed in the washing machine if the need is great enough. So a pratfall becomes another lesson on where our priorities lie. For me it was my knitting, then the store, then my clothes. I didn’t even think to check on my cell phone (totally submerged) until 30 minutes later. And yes, sigh, the cell phone still works.