Neither of us got much sleep last night. Up to 50 mph gusts of wind out there, and all I could hear were branches bouncing off the roof and the howl of the wind. It’s been relentless. Yesterday we got some more snow, but probably only 2 or 3 inches which has blown and drifted all over the place. Today is bright, but so nasty that I didn’t get much done outdoors except for basic chores. I even fed the girls inside their greenhouses to give them some relief from the windiness.
Yesterday during the blowing and snowing I ended up cleaning my other wheel, my portable Jensen Tina II. I love both of these wheels. They are both cherry, and both work beautifully. So now they are equally cleaned up and oiled and ready to go. After I got the production wheel done the other day, I realized that the leather pieces that hold the flyer assembly were all dried out. I was a little hesitant about taking them out of the mother-of-all, but John undid the tiny screws, and we tapped the leather pieces out and soaked them in mink oil. They feel nice and supple again, I will have to remember to do that more often. It’s a very simple but elegant system. Now all I have to do is get my hands on a few more bobbins for both the wheels. A dog used one of them a few years ago for a chew toy, and I have dropped two, which did not have a good ending.
And so President’s Day is a bright one, but much more fun indoors than out!