Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday Walkabout: January Thaw

These photos are a combination of our earlier colder weather this week, and the sunshiny balmy 40’s temps mid-late week (woo hoo!).

Melting snow in hayfield, Promise of Spring in Buds on tree, Hazel in tree, Snow in corn stubble rows, Diamonds in the snow, Icicles, Snow dunes.

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More tree buds (I’m searching out proof that Spring is coming), Snowy Scene at Cattle Gate, 
Snowy sunlit Grass, Li’l Austrian Pine, Wisteria Vines,
Sunset with Bottle Tree

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This week’s update for my mini-journal  to document random happenings throughout the year ~

1-7-10 Thursday night – Snow/bitter cold day ~ the first of two snow days. Made a bazillion trips outside to provide fresh water for animals, put wood in the outside stove, insulate donkey barn & goose pen even more for the next three bitter cold nights. Also left more blankets for barn kitties. We watched The Soloist with Robert Downey, Jr and Jamie Foxx tonight. Cello… loved that! And the story (based on true) was a good one.

Friday & Weekend – Drifting blowing snow, bitter cold temps which lasted through the weekend. Every two hours the drill was: stir outside stove & put more wood in, check the animals & give fresh water. Some nights, the wind chill dipped to 25 below and possibly beyond. It was all about survival, baby!

Ahhh, Monday & Tuesday – temps back into the twenties during the day. Much better! Back to work and routine.

Wednesday – Temps into the 40’s and sunshine! Mr. W had a morning road trip before work. I began to clean out storage shed #1 of 2, boxed up several dozen quart jars I was given before Christmas, and tackled the previously frozen, now thawed, manure pile in the donkey stall. All fresh and clean now with a new batch of Equine Fresh :)


It’s almost the weekend.. yay for that! I plan to do more cleaning and organizing, possibly some painting on the Barn/Cottage interior trim too. Winter doldrums are trying to get me, but I’m going to fight back and take action on some things that need to be done. Yes, I am!!

What are your plans for the weekend? Are you fighting cabin fever & winter blahs too?

One last note – thanks so much for the prayers and comments regarding the recent tragedy in our Amish community here. Also, as many mentioned, we pray for those suffering from the devastation of earthquakes in Haiti.



Jayme Goffin, The Coop Keeper said...

Your photos are really lovely. I've not got the winter doldrums, but I'm in a bit of a cranky mood today! Aaron is sick and unable to do school, and I'm in the mood to shampoo carpets....LOL...
Hope you have a happy day.

Jackie said...

The walkabout is beautiful, like always. I've been fighting the doldrums too...hence my recent way of pushing them away. My plan this weekend is to paint my newly remodeled bathroom...yay!! Enjoy the warm-up!


elvira pajarola said...

oh.....I must say it: I am stunned of your mosaic-work!!!!!!!
It is very difficult to compose a beautiful mosaic and you just do it DIVINE!!!!

I love the pictures..they are very pure and so super-natural!!!! COMPLIMENTS!!!!

have a great day!!!
ciao elvira

Staci@LifeAtCobbleHillFarm said...

Absolutely love the photos. We are going to a poultry show this weekend. Whoo hoo! I love to see the different breeds. If I can figure out my new camera I'll be happily taking photos. Also, starting to work on my craft room. Can't wait until I can use it!

Tara said...

Lovely pictures. We had a beautiful day here today. It warmed up.
I am planning on meeting with 4 or 5 other artsy gals and create something. I can't wait.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your pictures are beautiful. Twisting vines, tree buds, the sun shining through the branches.... gorgeous!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I love this time of year - no blahs at my place! It's been ridiculously cold here as well, and that I can do without. My husband has been snowmobiling, and I've had the house to myself. Lots of knitting and sewing going on here.

As usual, I love your pictures. Good job!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Each of these photos may be looking for signs of Spring..(I don't blame you a bit) but they are your ever present acknowledgement of the beauty you draw from His creation- so delightful and inspiring this journal- thanks- I love to hear tales of your farm!
I noticed the day before yesterday these Walking Blue Iris are in bloom again..that has to be a sign of Spring right? I brought some in as they keep blooming off an on for quite some time.
I mentioned to a lady-fellow blogger who's been sweltering in Austraila that over here it’s a combo of humid, cool and hot if you can believe- at the same time ..hey, belligerent men should be sent off to Puna, Hi to get a L'l taste of menopause!! (lol)
It would be nice to get away this weekend..I may of mentioned the volcanic emissions are pretty bad right now..wishing we had AC to filter out the air a bit. Always something. Anyway, thanks for the tip on the Soloist..have a great weekend Tammy!

Cheryl said...

Love the winter pictures...Hazel in the tree, so sweet! Sorry you had bitter cold, hope all is well now. We aren't too cold yet, the snow is still hanging on though. No plans for the weekend..hay coming tomorrow, fun,fun

Elle Bee said...

That shimmering snow--gorgeous!! Absolutley love the icicles too! I feel like I can come here for my daily dose of icicles. :o)

Rural Rambler said...

Tammy the collages truly are beautiful! That bitter cold we had, what a way to start the New Year. It is great now though and we are seeing signs of spring, but I don't want to hurry it along. I like your mini-journal. I should have recorded the bitterly snowy cold weather at my blog but didn't get it done, I think I was in a funk. But, I can always come here and look at your frosty collage and remember the first half of January 2010! No big plans for the weekend as yet, who knows what could come up!

V.L. Locey said...

I do love your mosiac`s, the are wonderfully done! Our plans for the weekend may include dinner and a movie for hubby and myself....if the weather doesn`t turn off nasty.

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

gorgeous pics!!! yes i get the winter blues but so far so good.

Down On The Farm said...

Love your pictures. Beautiful. I too am enjoying the MO warm up, but not enjoying the MUD!! But I won't complain. My prayers are with the people in Haiti. I just can't imagine the devastation. The news reports and pictures are heartwrenching. May you have a blessed weekend!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Oh my gosh, Tammy. I just love your mosaics! They are straight out of Country Living mag! Seriously, you should do a weekly spot in your local paper!
Are the girls holding up ok in this frigid weather that just does not seem to want to leave?
Allure and Cadence have really been dealing with their arthritis in this cold. But, at ages 29 and 25, I guess it's expected!
Have a wonderful weekend, good friend!
xo, misha

Brenda said...

Tammy - Your photos are beautiful and wonderfully composed. You have taken the icy weather and made it into something breathtakingly beautiful!

Janean said...

FAB, FAB, FAB mosaics!

We felt giddy with temps in the 40's!

The Urban Cowboy said...

I always like your photos.

Girl Tornado said...

Happy Sunday Tammy!

I was in Ohio when the sub-zero temps hit Kansas, but I was not spared in Ohio, oh no! They had a snowstorm prior to my arrival, and another while I was there. I was able to see family during my visit, but had to cancel plans with friends due to the awful weather.

I love your photo collages... I'll have to try that sometime. Now that we're halfway through January, I'm sure we are beginning to anxiously anticipate the arrival of spring! :-)

Sandra said...

Hey there! I am an arrival via Oz Girl. I feel your pain concerning the weather.... I live in Minnesota. I think it's harder for people who aren't used to it. You have a beautiful blog, so I think I'll follow.

Q said...

Dear Tammy,
I am so delighted to catch up with you this evening.Your photographs are lovely and tell your story perfectly. We have had lots of fog this past week. I enjoyed being outside this afternoon in the sunshine.
Hope you have a safe and blessed week.

Unknown said...

G'day Tammy ~ Doing lots of catchup. I love viewing your pictures & presentations. Lovely

Hunkering down for the return of winter after a beautiful (just short of) spring-like weather.
Have a wonderful week.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Unknown said...

Tammy, As always, gorgeous photos, and I'm quite fond of the photo of Hazel!

A respite from the cold temps is nice. I just wish we had snow to insulate our new plants before it dips down again.

Be well! ~Andrea~

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

There's a sayin' around the Ozarks, if ya don't like the weather just hang around, it'll change. Last week we were under inches of snow and we bottomed out at -10, today we are around 60 and the sun is shinning which is about 20 degrees above norm. But tomorrow we drop again and who the heck knows what tomorrow brings?

Thanks for taking us with you and sharing your beautiful pics.

Ya'll have a blessed day now, ya hear???

Laurie at Turner Farm said...
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Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Tammy, just found your blog. Love the pictures.
You're very talented.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Yes they are still yackaing. PW said something about you and a margarita? LOl

Maybe we are getting together. I think Pw is wanting a blacksmith lesson.

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