What a weird day today. I woke up to strange, unnerving sounds. It sounded like something fell in the house. I first though that the medicine cabinet in the bathroom fell off and all of their contents clinked and shattered into the sinks or floor tiles. Alarmed, I ran out of bed but (thankfully) everything seemed in order in the bathroom. I checked the linen closet, the other bedrooms, made my way downstairs and checked the living room and kitchen, the laundry room, garage and even the basement. Nothing seemed out of place.
Oh, there it goes again! I'm not crazy I thought to myself, it sounds like something is falling. Just then I turned around and looked out the patio door and saw the trees and powerlines swinging violently and shaking free all the icicles formed by the night's freezing rain. All those icicles (not big ones, but still a good 3 inches long) were thrown against the house and windows causing the mysterious clinking sounds. Not long after, the power went out (so no tv, music, olympics or surfing all day...I don't think I would fare so well in the 1800s!).
Back upstairs, I peaked out the front windows and noticed all the little broken branches strewn about our front yard and then I noticed that one of our trees snapped like a twig and fell into our driveway (see picture). Isn't that nuts? I mean it's not a hurricane or anything but we live in the north far away from hurricane territory and it's winter for crying out loud!
News reports noted 110km/h winds. A highway in the city was closed because windows on buildings shattered onto the road. Another highway was closed due to a car accident involving 6 vehicules. Worse still, one of the highways east of us was closed due to a 60 (yes you read that right) car pile up! WTF?
Everything seems mostly back to normal here now: the power is back, the wind has died down and it's time to focus on the knitting cause the timer is now definately yellow (and it's starting to freak me out). I am an inch away from the armhole shaping on the sweater's second front and I think I can reasonably expect to finish it tonight. Before moving on to the sleeves, I think I'll knit the 242 stitch ribbed collar. It's the wild card in my project. It could take a few hours or a few days. Guess I'll find out this weekend! Here's the progress so far (notice how it's timer color coded - what a geek!)
Happy knitting (and stay safe)!