My new used books arrived just as the temperatures went from "throw open the windows as soon as probable" to "keep the lined drapes closed as long as possible"
So let us begin:
Robin McKinley's Chalice is one I've meant to pick up for years. I browsed through my library around New Year's and reread the Blue Sword, the Hero and the Crown and Sunshine and thought...gee, I need Chalice. It didn't disappoint. I'll reread it again in a few weeks.
I keep coming back to Sharon Butala's Wild Stone Heart so I thought it's time to pick up some more of hers. I'm rereading Lilac Moon. Highly recommended. Also by Butala are: Queen of Headaches, Upstream, the Garden of Eden, the Gates of the Sun, Fever, Luna, the Fourth Archangel, Real Life. I dug Country of the Heart back off my shelf to read it again in the context of the other novels.Such a gluttony - and there are a couple more books she's written that I will hunt down later.
Yesterday I read Gail Godwin's Evenings at Five. Wonderful! Also I bought Evensong,and the 2 volumes of Making of a Writer - Journals 1961 - 1963 and 1963 - 1969. I look forward to reading those.
Yet it's not all reading - I finished the constellation arch enlargement, crocheted a circle/doily of the original pattern for the valance and am crocheting the curtain rod pocket for the valance. I am thinking about attaching a few circles to the curtain rod pocket and see what I think of them.
I also crocheted about a dozen snowflakes which are fun, easy and perfect for passengering.
And I dyed 2 white Shetland fleeces - one is green, turquoises and blues with silk and the other is mauve, purple and blues with silk. The colors are perfect this time of year.
I am combing and spinning a moorit Shetland lamb's fleece (Riverbend's Abby)- wonderful. I left lanoline in the fleece which is paying off for my hands. Usually this time of year my hands are miserable. Not this year thanks to the lanolin.
It's dark and cold (well below zero this morning) but I'll see what's on Book TV and curl up under cats and poodells and enjoy this day.
Keep warm. Stay happy.