Thursday, March 6, 2014
Blowing into spring
We have not had much snow or ice here, but our families have had their share plus enough to last another winter or two.
As we head into March we are use to seeing the Northerners head our way in hopes of finding some warmth and sunshine. This year we don't have much of either to share with them. It's cold. It does not matter where you are, it's cold.
I feel as if we are stuck in a winter limbo that will not let us go. I just heard that winter is planning to hang on through most of March, bringing even more weather precipitation with it. At least one if not two more storms. I hope not, but could be true.
It is harder to go out and work in the cold.
We are just not as winter savvy as some folks that we know. The studio has heat but not great heat. We can usually get by with our one wall heater. This year that one wall heater is cranked up.
Hot water helps as long as you keep plenty at hand. Layers under and over, wool socks, good shoes all help as well.
I took advantage of yesterday's heat wave to mask up and stand outside to clean up pots for a bisque firing. It was at least 40 degrees outside. That is better than the single digits that we have been having.
How do you stay warm in this cold?
Years ago we had visiting potters here from Denmark and Helsinki staying with us and working in our studio. It was February and the first day we went out to find our outside water frozen. We thawed it out, heated water, turned up the heat and all went to work.
Later they complained at how cold our studio and house were. "Cold! But look where you live", I said. "Yes," they said, "but our houses and shops are well insulated and we have heat in our floor."
Heat in the floor.......what I would give for some heat in the floor.
I spent time yesterday moving pots from the last firing over to the shop just in case some of the brave travelers find their way out of the frozen north. We did see a few travelers the last two days making me hope that there are more who are ready for some southern sunshine.
Of course tonight we are under a winter weather advisory, ice.
Ice for Friday.
BUT- Saturday is full of promise.
I think I am ready.