If you haven’t heard the term ‘Polar Vortex’ yet you must be living in Hawaii or some other tropical location. I’ve never experienced weather quite like this before. I’m normally not one to give in to weather conditions but I’ve been waving my white flag since returning home from a treacherous trip to Indianapolis this past weekend. I needed to retrieve several original paintings for an art fair I’m participating in next Sunday. My husband and both dogs went with me and I’m glad they did because the extra weight in the car likely prevented me from ending up in a ditch. I lost count of how many trucks we passed that had jack-knifed off the road:
Monday morning I awoke to an actual temperature of -13 degrees. The windchill was nearly forty below. By mid morning a driving ban had been put in place and if you were found on the road you’d quickly be ticketed. The ban wasn’t lifted until Noon on Tuesday but the temps stayed well below zero.
Luckily I had plenty to keep me busy. In between matting and framing I decided to make homemade bread and finished my first inspiration/yoga painting of the year:
It was also a good time to start watching a new-to-me series called Falling Skies. Nothing like dystopian sci-fi to take ones mind off the weather I also had plenty of time to take photos. Since cars weren’t allowed on the roads it was very peaceful outside and soon I found myself welcoming the sight of all the birds that gravitated to my feeders. Cardinals have most definitely been a prominent presence in my yard all winter. Here is a male sitting on the windowsill of my studio while a female looks on:
How has the weather affected you these last couple of weeks? What do you do with yourself when you’re stuck at home?