Monday, February 15, 2010

Going Cold Turkey

OK.  The unthinkable has happened.  A few years ago, a genius DirectTV installer came to the house when we were having signal problems and told us that the dish had to be moved from the back lawn and mounted on the side of the house.  OK.

So he came later to move it, but didn't bring a tall enough ladder, so he told us that he'd just climb onto the roof mount it up there.  Now, I'm no newbie to satellite TV, so I asked about snow and ice accumulation, realizing that I couldn't clear the dish if it was covered by snow or ice.  Oh no....he says.  It's way up there.  No problem.  The snow would never get that deep.

Until yesterday.  I have about 30 inches of snow on my roof and then the wind blew and my now dish is covered. Socked in.  And probably covered until - oh - who knows - July? - because this snow isn't going anywhere.  In fact, we'll probably get another 6-12 inches tonight. 

So if my typing looks a little shaky, it's because I'm suffering from TV withdrawal.  Which in the world of things to complain about, is really very trivial.  I'll shut up about it now.

Moving on to stitching - the weekends are for LoHaR, so here she is.  I worked on her most of the day  Sunday and man-oh-man, I'm moving slowly.  But I'm finally at the place where I can turn her around and work right-side-up.  It just makes me feel better to be right-side-up.

Next word?  Blooming.  I know this is a Christmas design, but it has a Spring feel.  Thank goodness!

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful stitching!

    We've been living without cable for almost 3 years. It was really hard at first to go without, but now I don't even notice the difference! Here's hoping you don't have to go without for 3 years! That snow will melt :)

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  2. It's looking gorgeous! The colours are just right for Spring - maybe if you stitch on it enough, the snow will go away? Worth a try, anyhow...

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  3. this looks beautiful! I need to catch up to you! I think it has a spring feel to it too. Have a great week!

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  4. It really does have a spring feel to it!

    Never is word I try not to use because then something is going to happen to prove me wrong. I hope you don't have teens at home. TV withdrawal in a teenager can be dangerous!

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  5. Your stitching is looking lovely! I am so ready for the colors of spring in my garden, but right now it is snowing again outside!!

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  6. Get a Roku! If you have internet, you have options. :)

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  7. This is a beautiful piece! I keep telling myself I don't have to stitch it, but darn it, every time I visit you I just yearn for it!

    One day ...!

    Sorry to hear about all that snow. However, I can live without TV. It'd be different story if I didn't have internet access though!!!

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  8. I have Dish Network, and like you it is on my roof. Living here in western NY and also getting tons of snow it has never bothered my dish. Just when it is snowing hard out and very cloudy.

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  9. Love your WIP! Hate it for you that you have no TV...I would probably be crazy by now.

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  10. Bummer about the dish...hope you've got some dvd's ;)

    Lo is very pretty...the colors are more springlike than Christmasy.

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  11. We got rid of our dish about 12 months ago - I don't miss it but then I am not much of a TV person. Love the flowers and as you say it has a Spring feel about it.

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  12. Stitching is beautiful, but gotta say - I hope you get your tv back before too long!

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  13. I love the spring feel - are you using the colors as called for? This is on my to-do list also.

    Sorry about the TV. We got snow accumulation on ours, but thank goodness it's low, on the well house, so I went out and cleared it off.

    J

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  14. Oh, I would be in withdrawal, too, Lee! I always stitch with the TV on. Well, get yourself to the library and check out lots of DVDs and audio books to help you pass the time...

    I love the colors in your WIP--I think that would be a relaxing one to stitch (unlike Block 2 of CatHRH--groan!!!). I'll bet you'll be sad to finish this one.

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  15. Ah. We were without full satellite for five days earlier this month. The snow will eventually slide off the dish with just a bit a sunshine or wind to aid it - it's teflon coated or something like that. Hubby hooked up an old antenna to the HD TV so he could watch the Super Bowl.

    And let's hope we get to the spring hath sprung for real very soon!

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  16. Ordinarily, I'd say TV isn't that big a deal... but when you are snowed in, it is nice to have. Maybe Direct TV guy should come and dig it out?

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  17. What a bummer on the TV. For me it wouldn't be a big deal, but for the rest of the family - lordy, I don't know what they'd do! LoHaR is looking wonderful. It's such a beautiful piece!!

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  18. Hope you get your t.v. back too. We have DirecTV also but have our dishes in the backyard. We had to have repair work done on them after we had an icestorm in 2007. I'm kinda worried about what all that snow on your roof is going to do as far as roof damage. Hopefully nothing, but we had a lot of snow on our roof for a while and had two places where it started leaking. Keeping my fingers crossed for you. :)

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  19. We have 40" on the ground and lots on the roof, including 'ice jams' in the rain gutter about 6" thick. We lost the dishnet for about a day. We have a ranch house and the dishes are on the back right side. Good luck with that!
    Sweet stitching!

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  20. Lo is gorgeous. It must help you through the weary, TV less days. Speaking of those... I threw out my television two days ago. It just sat there looking ugly and un-used, because I just hate TV. Once you start watching, it never lets you go (and stitch/read/work)! It's been replaced by a comfy stitching chair, in which I hope to stitch Lo How A Rose one day :o)

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  21. Fabulous progress on Lo! I just love the colors in it.

    EEK on the TV problems!! I freely admit it, I love me my TV. Love me some Judge Judy, Jack Baeur, Good Wife, and so on. I need me my TV. You'd think I watched Jerry Springer from all that, huh?! LOL When we first moved here, we had to wait for the phone to be connected before the cable could be set up. Eircom is notorious for moving at a snails pace. It was torture. My husband was banging on the TV, crying when The A-Team and Little House on the Prairie was on, calling the phone company and saying that it was imperative that we get the phone installed for emergency purposes. It took them three weeks. Three l-o-n-g weeks. I hope the snow melts faster than that for you. Hang in there!

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  22. Lo is looking fabulous.

    I'm sorry about your snowy tv troubles. I'd be crazed without my favorite tv buddies, and especially the Olympics. Be brave.

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