22f-Winter Break 2016 Brooklyn, NY


View of the church across the street from my apartment on January 23, 2016, 12:15 p.m.

The Northeast Coast of the U.S. is blanketed in snow as a storm works its way through our area.  Where I live the wind speeds are low.  The snow is dancing in the air before settling on the ground.  It is very quiet outside.  Time seems to have stood still since the sky is filled with cloud cover and a consistently soft light fills the day.  There is no way I can tell by looking at the sky what time of day it is at this point.


View of the street towards the avenue.

Uncle Sammy was in New Jersey this week for business and got back home to Arizona on Friday before the storm here started.  We’ll be having our Family History review tomorrow and preparing new postings.  There is an amazing amount of newspaper ads, articles and advice columns for our use in creating a snapshot of the community our family lived in during the Great Depression.  There is so much available we have to carefully consider what to include and what not to include.  It’s going to be a tough call because too much will overwhelm the readers.  Would you be interested in links that lead to the other articles not used in the posting?  This would make it easy if you’re interested in exploring the topics on your own.

How is everyone coping with the winter so far?  How are things where you live?  The laptop I use in conjunction with my digital camera is in repair.  Since the snowstorm is affecting travel it’s going to take the tech another week or two to get back to me.  It’s ok since I can’t get to his location that easily right now.  I’m very grateful I have another laptop and an Android camera phone.


  Reproduction Tiffany lamp in my little reading corner. 

We had adequate notice via Weather.gov and local radio stations to prepare for this snowstorm earlier in the week.  I ran all around stocking up so that today and tomorrow I do not have to leave the house.  As I sat down to do my morning journal entry based on the daily topic in “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach I took pause to be thankful for the wealth that fills my life right here, right now.  The lamp and the vintage doily especially struck me as beautiful in the light and the quiet of the moment.


Close-up of the vintage crocheted doily.

The doily was a gift from my previous landlord, a 92 year old gentleman who served our country in WWII.  He is the son of immigrants from Southern Italy.  He told me this was one of his mother’s lace doilies.  She crocheted and bought similar doilies.  There were many surfaces covered by such doilies.  She felt it made the furniture look brand new.  My Grandma Josie used many doilies like this on her Depression Era furniture.  I see them whenever I take out the family photos from that period.  It is a good day for me to continue getting reacquainted with crocheting.  I cannot get into spending time to make something for the house.  My own crochet has taken quite a different turn.


Heather models an outfit created using an online free pattern.


Kim Marie is wearing an outfit created from two Ruby Flamingo patterns.

When Mom taught me how to crochet she wondered how I would find the best means to express this skill.  I tried crocheting clutch purses, scarves and hats but got frustrated by the large size of each project.  When I made booties for a baby shower at the office of a company I temped at in 2003 Mom suggested I start working in a smaller scale.  The hooks got smaller and the yarns gave way to finer threads.  Eventually I made my way to 1:6 scale crochet and the rest has been an interesting path through hooks and threads.


Work in progress, January 23, 2016.

My current project is a 1:6 scale Summer outfit for one of my fashion dolls.  Instead of #10 cotton thread I’m using embroidery floss.  The results exceed all my expectations in terms of the scale and the results.  The floss requires care so that it doesn’t separate.  The results have more stretch than cotton thread.  This is a positive result given how tight I sometimes crochet when using #10 cotton thread.

garageland1_zpswa2sbt1yMeet the cast of my off-line epistolary stories, “Teenage Confidential.”  Left to right:  Ryan Cortlandt, Nikki Jones (back), Alexandra “Lexa” Sutton , Morgan Holly Jones, Tanya “Jade” Beckett and Jamie Watkins.  These stories may still be online at another blog I had under the name of Katie Stevens.  I pulled them down because they need more work from me.

In the reading corner, the Christmas scene from one of my off-line stories is still set up.  I plan to keep it up until Lady Day in February.  It helps me remember Christmas was not that long ago even though things here have been so busy that it feels that way.

I hope you’ll take the time to leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing.


I release the first two photos of the snowstorm into the public domain.  If you use them please provide a link to this posting and credit to EmilyAnn Frances May.

14 thoughts on “22f-Winter Break 2016 Brooklyn, NY

  1. Looks really cold but so beautiful! We’ve had hardly any snow this winter so there’s a bit of envy here…
    I don’t know why you think your crochet is a disaster – I think it’s marvellous. I really enjoyed the Christmas scene in close up. X

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    • Thank you. I got so upset when it came out looking so different from the picture. I think because I worked on it so long I know where it went wrong. Someone who doesn’t know won’t see it.


    • It’s the ones that I unraveled that were the ones I liked least. In the outfit Kim Marie wears the tank top has such a lovely shape. The one I unraveled was too big all around even though I switched to a smaller needle.

      I think because the way a person hooks is influenced by their emotions. I find when I’m relaxed the crochet comes out really well. If I’m distracted or tense it shows in poor stitch height and width. Do you find that in knitting?

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      • I find knitting takes away the tension – pun not intended.
        I find it’s automatic but when I’ve tried crochet I have to concentrate harder.


      • Some people can concentrate on knitting or crocheting so well. I worked with a woman who could knit non-stop and still carry on an animated conversation with me during lunch break. I don’t know how she did it but I think there’s some special ability in the brain that make people so good at multi-tasking like that. Trudy could handle a customer call and still be entering numbers on her adding machine, too.


  2. Forty years ago when I lived in Brooklyn, there was a similar storm that left about 2 feet of snow. I remember the glistening streets & the quiet in the beginning of the blizzard. The next morning we were buried. So very happy that here in the Midwest we have been spared. Love your little dolly scenes. I lack the patience to deal with crochet or knitting.
    Stay safe. Stay warm. Big hugs, April.


    • I’m glad to know the storm bypassed you, April. I’m just fine here inside. My Mom’s cousin owns the house. He’s very good about heat and hot water. I’m only getting through this because of that. In my previous apartment the landlord was stingy with the heat. It never went below the legal limit of 55 degrees F at night but when it snowed we felt it badly. The house was old and the insulation so poor. I now consider myself very blessed to have enough heat and hot water.

      The residents of Long Island are having a bad time. I heard that one part had no power.


      • Oh my. We hadn’t received news about Long Island. Not having sufficient heat would make the blizzard…shall we say…very 19th century & no fun at all. It’s true, those old houses in Blyn are quite drafty. Last year & the year before we had very heavy snowfalls so I’m not missing weather like that at all!!


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