I hesitate to start with the weather, I’ve been talking about it so much lately, but wow. A week ago today it was -21°F and we had over two feet of snow on the ground. This morning it’s 63° and the snow is almost gone. There are just a few small patches where there were drifts or snow pushed up to clear roads, driveways and parking lots. The overnight low was 58°.
I am always fascinated with the endless variety of different genres, sub-genres and variations on a theme that talented and imaginative people manage to come up with. Just one example: Weird West, which is an American West variation on Steampunk. It’s not really new, of course. The Wild Wild West debuted long before steampunk but as I remember it, in the original series the weirdness was a bit more subtle. Anyway, it seems that The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. was ahead of its time. Sad that.
Don’t miss the article Anarchocapitalism in the Old West. An interesting argument I’ve been seeing all my life is, “Was the wild west really as bad as they show it in the movies or was it worse?” I’ve seen articles that, like this one, say it wasn’t all that bad and other articles that say it was worse. I lean toward the “not all that bad” side but I wouldn’t want to live there myself. I like electricity and indoor plumbing too much. But I think we could do with a little more of the spirit of the old west these days – freedom, opportunity, self-sufficiency and all that.
I prefer straight steampunk myself but I have to confess that I’m mainly interested in the visual. What I really like are all the brass, wood, and leather, the clockworks, gears and gauges and such. When it comes to reading science fiction, give me spaceships.
These are good days to be outside. As I suspected there were crocuses under the snow – not blooming yet, but soon. On early spring-like days I feel like there should be flowers and it’s hard to wait to start planting stuff but we must wait until late April for most stuff. Still, I must spend some time outside while the weather is nice even if it’s only walking around the yard and planning things in my head.
For now I have lots of quilting and other sewing to do. I’m almost finished with another flannel shirt, a white turquoise and brown plaid. I have one more piece of flannel but I’m thinking I might save that for next fall. I have the fabric for another jacket which I want to go ahead and make even though I might not get to wear it very much before next winter. Ha! I’m hoping I won’t get to wear it much. I also have some nice spring fabrics and several alterations I need to do which are always less fun than starting something completely new. I’m not certain what I’m going to start next.