So, this happened over the weekend. 👇
It was only a couple of inches, and it melted by Monday afternoon.I noticed that a few of my blogging friends already have daffodils in full bloom. Our weather was mild before this snow, but we don’t have full bloom here. Just a few sprouts. I planted flowers for the first time in 2019. I had one little bud of crocus sprouting, and then came the snow. The flower still looks on track though (below). I also see some tulip leaves reaching out of the soil.
So, not much else is going on for a population who are closed off in their homes, but I do have something new to share unrelated to the weather or the dreaded virus. I’ll start with a question. Do you know what Chiengora is? If so, you’re ahead of me. I just recently learned what the word meant.
We said goodbye to our Australia Shepherd, Max, in January. While he was alive, I needed to groom his coat once a week, and I did it myself. For the last four years of his life, I’d been collecting his undercoat and saving it. Weird, right? It’s nice to keep a tiny memento, but bags of it?
Please excuse the messy picture of him on the grooming table. It’s to give an idea how much fur we took off of him each week.
After Max left us, we shipped all that fur from Chicago to Canada. Six weeks later, it returned to us in the form you see below.
The fur was washed, weaved into material called Chiengora, and then knitted into the scarfs. They say Chiengora is among the warmest material for winter you can find. The seamstress of these creations did a beautiful job.
When anyone used to pet Max, they’d always comment on his soft fur. I was a little surprised to find that the material is prickly, like wool. Yet it’s flexible (stretchy) and still has the underlying smoothness of our Max.
It’s emotionally difficult for me to write about this, so I will end here. I just wanted to share this incredible gift we have been given from Max and a seamstress who lives in Canada.