I'm waiting for a couple of things but first, I was at the center last Monday and so were a few others. I took some pictures of those of us that were there working on things that needed more space. If you're ever in the area on a Tuesday, please drop by. You'll be amazed at how we work. There really isn't a free inch in our small space. Somehow we all make it work, moving around as necessary to let people by. Even sitting at a loom, sometimes one of them will have to move so someone can get by.
Because we had the new bookshelves (and more to come!) Sharon and Karin came to do an extensive catalogueing of the books we have. It was so fun to listen to them. They were discovering all kinds of books, some of which were old friends for me. I kept telling them things like, yeah, that book was one of the few we had for reference.
The other evening I was watching the weather and they were showing where this system we're about to experience came from. The big arrow was right in the middle between Calgary and Winnipeg. Yup, my sister lives right in the middle in Moose Jaw!! I was on the phone with her while they were showing it so I told her it was all her fault! ha!
The other reason I'm waiting? Well, Thursday I was weaving away on my rug warp. I had 4 rugs done with maybe 4 more to go when the warp just jumped loose. So I went back to check. Would you believe that the steel that goes around the break drum had suffered metal fatigue and snapped? Yup, I can't weave. See how little warp is left on that beam?
When I think of it, I bought this loom in 1980. It came Thanksgiving weekend and we picked it up in the several boxes it was in, put it together and I've woven on it almost every day since. Several years after I got it, they came out with a kit to add 4 harnesses so I have 8 of them now. I think that's what helps give it the strength to weave the rugs that I do every so often. I wouldn't weave rugs all the time on Nilus but it's fun to every so often!
Several years ago I had a problem with the advance lever for my warp and a friend helped fix it. This break is the first problem I've had with the loom in all these years. Well made loom indeed!
So I have enough food here for the week. I don't expect to leave here til Friday! The weather is going to be tricky til then at least. They're predicting we'll have below 0 lows this week and once this snow comes, it's not going to melt til the weekend so all of us are hunkered down waiting and as prepared as we can be for the week!! It's more than just having enough equipment to clear the roads. If I try to leave on my steep driveway and somehow it's too slick to make the turn to the road and I go off the driveway, it's a long way down the cliff. I live in a typical East Tennessee area and most everyone not in the city is in a similar situation where it's just not safe to leave until everything melts.
I've got lots of projects to work on (and boxes still to empty!!) so if my power stays on, I'm fine!
Until next week, stay warm and safe and if you can, keep weaving!!