This photo that I took earlier this afternoon pretty much says everything about today's weather (not that I'm going to let that keep me from saying more:). My front yard is carpeted with an assortment of bright red to orange leaves which are all matted down with rain. The flower beds are full, too - and no way am I going to rake them out in this weather! Not that the temperature would hurt - today as 68°F which is pretty warm by recent standards (has been in the 50's more often). Warm enough to cause atmospheric oddities.
I had an appointment this afternoon for a haircut and waxing in my favorite salon in Catonsville. I have not had a haircut since May (and I usually get it done every four to six weeks:), so you can likely imagine how straggly the stuff had gotten. :P Also, as the inheritor of the genetic trait that causes too much facial hair in women (sigh!), I get my skin waxed every three weeks or so. Annoys me (I'm really bad at any/all maintenance task), but I need to have it done for my own self esteem. My frugal (er, cheap) tendancies make me rue the cost ... but I pay up because the results make me feel better about myself. That, honestly, is worth it to me (as long as my budget will sustain the drain:).
The rain was light but steady here in Columbia when I went out but, as I got closer to Catonsville - which is about ten to twelve miles north and a bit east of my home - the rain devolved into mist and fog. Over the years I've had ample opportunity to see how different the weather can be even across such a small distance; I don't know offhand if we are higher in elevation or lower here at my house but there is definitely enough difference to matter. The highway goes across the Patuxent River near my exit and the mist was rising from the river valley like clouds on the ground (which is essentially what fog really is:). Bare tree branches reacing above the river were filled with gray mist. The effect was a bit other-worldly and very odd.
The local environmental colors have quickly gone from the blazing leaves of Autumn into the 'daiwabo' drabs of Winter. The trees are mostly bare with trunks ranging across the browns and charcoals in coloring. The oak trees still have leaves of rusty brown-orange which will stay until new spring buds push them off the branches. There are random evergreens adding their dark greens and plenty of under-shrubbery I don't recognize in various shades of drab. On the whole, the costal environment tends toward the subtle and quiet in winter. :) The grass is still green in places and beige to tan in others, adding its own contrasts.
After my haircut (makes me feel so much tidier!), I went by Cloverhill Yarn Shop for a quick visit and added a bit of input to the local economy. :) I found a new-to-me book on Pin Loom weaving:
I thumbed through it when I got home and it looks very inviting. I am eager to try many of the weave patterns and color ideas. :) Still no definite goal in sight, just playing around.
I also bought two balls of alpaca-based yarn to play with - maybe on the looms, maybe with my knitting?
I don't know if you can see the glittery bits plied into each strand ... that Magpie Gene speaks again. Grin!
Baby O has been on my mind - his second birthday was last week - so I bought a little set to knit him a new hat:
The little Nemo-fish made me laugh. Hopefully it will make him giggle, too. Ought to be quick to make. :)
Finally, I treated myself to a pair of new earrings (dichroic glass on silver):
They appealed to me as being bright and happy. Maybe can't tell from my photo but the ovals are purple enamel. :)
On the whole, today's trip out was a happy one and satisfies my desire to 'see people.'
I've spent almost all of the holiday weekend at home ... cacooning, I guess. Being quiet, watching movies or tv and knitting, mostly. Spending time visiting with my husband and son. Quiet. I think my brain is still recovering from such a long time away; likely will take me a while to feel _at home_ again. :)
PS I got a quick chuckle out of this comic on today's XKCD strip. Very seasonal and funny. :)