Has it been cold where you are? It has been FREEZING here in Zagreb the past two weeks, literally. We have only seen the sun a few times, and I can count on one finger the times we saw the thermometer rise above 0 degrees Celsius.
Speaking of freezing, quick update: yes, the government hiring freeze does affect me. Although I was hired with a conditional offer at the embassy, that is on hold. The government has not given us any direction to diplomatic missions around the world, but hopefully we hear soon. I interviewed for another job this summer, and they can't even call me back with a "you got it!" or "no" because of the freeze. My bigger fear is that Congress will act on its threat to cut security at US embassies - I hope they do not play with our safety like that. We are so fortunate to live in a safe city, but there are many embassy families who do not have that luxury.
On a lighter note, the cold weather has brought out my crafty side! I want to be a bum and stay in at night, so I have tried to break up my Project Runway marathons with different projects. I brought a few fabrics with me to play with, and last night I finally plugged in my Brother sewing machine to turn out a new pair of pajama pants!
After looking through a few articles on Pinterest, I settled on this one from The Seasoned Homemaker. Basically I used my favorite pajama pants as a pattern, cut the fabric, sewed it together and then made a waistband.
Do any of our hobbies or passions return when the cold weather does? I'm always looking for new projects. Next up for me: sewing a half-circle skirt, a cross-stitch in a hoop frame and my first watercolor. Tell me what you are working on this winter!
Love to all,
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