A Bit of Local Color for You


So yesterday, I held off on my run until after work, rather than my usual time.  My thinking was that it would be warmer outside with the sun shining down on me.  Yeah, no.  The temperature was actually colder when I got my feet to the street than it was at my usual 5am time.  I wore running tights with running pant over those, a long sleeved running shirt with a hooded sweatshirt over that and completed my ensemble with a fleece hat.  I can’t seem to find one of my gloves, but the sweatshirt belongs to one of the manlets, so it is nearly a dress on me – my hands don’t quite come out of the sleeves unless I push them up a bit.  LOL  I ventured out in my Vibrams.  All in all, it really wasn’t too terrible.  I made about the same time on the run, but ended up keeping it to only 3 miles because the sun was going down & the nose was starting to run enough to really bother me.

And further on the subject of these cold temps we are having this week – I wish all the best to my fellow running blogger in his Goofy run this weekend!  J, you are gonna run really fast just to keep warm, I suspect!  ;)  Seriously, though – do be careful.

A Bit of Local Color for You

So today is a really big day in the Tampa Bay area.  It is the day of the cross dive in the annual Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs.  Tarpon Springs has a huge Greek community – it is known the world over for its sponge docks as well as for the streets of shops & Greek restaurants.  Every year the Greek community celebrates the Epiphany for a couple of days, from services in the Greek Orthodox Church leading up to the dive for the cross in the Spring Bayou.  It is a long standing tradition.  You can read about it here.  It is a huge event in the lives of the teenage boys that will be diving tomorrow, but I can’t help but feel a bit sorry for them, considering that we are experiencing such low temps this week!  They are going to freeze when they come out of that water!


Not much to add here, really.  I’m plugging away on the first sweater still.  I won’t have it done in time for the manlet’s birthday this weekend, but at least he knows he is getting it soon!  :)

Today’s Ravelry Search

In recognition of the big day!  None of these are mine, but you can click the picture to get to the Ravelry pattern page.

* A very pretty scarf!

Simple but pretty sweater!

* Oooh, love this dishcloth! I've got to make one of these.

This afghan is published in Quick Knitted Afghans - my kind of afghan! LOL

* OMG! It's one of my fave Rubberneckers from Ravelry - and I didn't even know he had designed a pattern! LOVE!

* Such a pretty lacy wrap/scarf!

What a sweet skirt!

Lily M. Chin - one of my other all time favorite designers in crochet! :)

* A cute little hat to knit up pretty quick!

Gorgeous scarf!

I wish the picture was a bit better, as these crocheted socks look intriguing!

What a cool looking scarf! I love it!

* Free pattern

Happy Wednesday, all!

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5 Responses to A Bit of Local Color for You

  1. susetheslowknitta says:

    the divers sound amazing, so proud of what they are doing, the tradition of it, and so sure of their faith. wonderful.
    all we do to celebrate is to take down the decorations on twelfth night.
    sigh, not very exciting at all


    • H3Dakota says:

      Exactly, that’s my thinking too. My religion is different from theirs, but I have the utmost respect for their faith, their tradition & deep commitment! It always awes me each year. :)


  2. Joe says:

    Yeah, I have to run quicker just to keep from turning into an ice cube. On the bright side, I’m not diving into the freezing waters of the Gulf (eek).

    Once the sun comes out, it won’t be that bad; it’s the hour and a half wait before the race. I’ll have to get a second pair of sweat pants and maybe long running pants for this weekend.


    • H3Dakota says:

      I’ve heard that some races have folks that follow up behind the last runners, picking up clothing that has been shed as the race goes on… do you know if they do that at Disney? You could pick up cheap sweats & just toss ’em as you warm up during the race.

      Yeah, I didn’t watch the news to see just how cold it was in the water & what it was like with the wind chill, but man, those teenagers must have been in pain today!! Eek is right!


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