They’ve closed school today. Mostly because the hassle of closing down half way through the day when there *might* be frozen roads is tricky. It is cold, but after the years when it hit zero in the high desert I am thankful for 32*F. Many mornings we would wake up to solve our most pressing issues of frozen water for the critters, wood fire in the stove, and coffee. Being on the old homestead for winter was hard. But it made us appreciate the self sufficiency we worked so hard for.
Now that we are back in the valley- in a city- with neighbors and sewers and public transportation we have a different round of morning routines. The sound of the garbage truck. The rain pounding the windows. The ability for a city that gets almost no snow to completely shutdown when the first signs of frozen rain appear. It seems silly to anybody that has snow expectations every winter. Part of the issue lies in the city not being prepared. There aren’t enough snow plows, there isn’t enough chains for school buses.
As if in answer to the teeny tiny flakes of snow falling on this rather lame version of a snow day, I give you my first Ogden Cami!
This is essentially my muslin (although I rarely make a muslin). I got this Sateen Echino over the summer with the intention of making a flowy tank and then never got around to it. This is extremely well fitting, airy and lovely. I am grateful that I can wear this in my house, that is heated while drinking my espresso from my home machine. Privilege is something I have, and am aware of. I was able to buy the fabric to make this beautiful thing that you will not find anywhere else. That is remarkable and I am grateful for it.
But privilege for the sake of itself means that I need to be even more aware of my fellow humans. So today, I may just go and find as many good coats as I can at the Goodwill Bins and clean them then start handing them out to whomever I find. Because I have several good coats, in a house with heat, that I can afford a mortgage and for that, I am truly grateful. There are people living outside in the freezing rain that don’t have that opportunity.