Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Of Blizzards and Birds

It’s here – the second round! Snow is piling up.

This was truly an accident – don’t know how I did it, but I videoed in slow-mo earlier this morning during the peak of the blizzard.

Kinda cool, really, if I do say so myself!  If I had to do it all again, not sure if I could figure out how…
If you watch carefully at about 3:10-3:20, a goldfinch is feeding its mate a sunflower seed.. awwwww!

Be safe out there, everyone affected by this. It is beautiful, but scary at the same time.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Winter Storm.. again

10 inches (more or less) on the ground in our neck of the woods.

An ice dam has formed on our roof and is causing another slow leak in this ol’ house.

The Blacksmith has been plowing and plowing. The Fiddler has been scooping. We are sufficiently dug out, for now.

Another dumping of snow is coming over the next couple of days. So it all begins again…

This weekend I spent lots of front porch time, in coat and stocking cap, with coffee by my side, doing this…
{my kind of snow fun!} I’m sure anyone driving by knows I’m crazy! I ♥ “my” birds.

This red-wing blackbird told me Spring was here.
I don’t believe him, do you?

What’s happening where you are?

Wherever you are, stay safe, be well! Before we know it, Spring will be here. Right?!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Preparing for Thundersnow

I really don’t care for that term, but that’s what the weather service is predicting for our region beginning late tonight.

It seems that everyone is preparing for the impending weather. I love these two “yard buddies” side by side, gathering fallen sunflower seeds. Mr. Squirrel was fixin’ to take off…


I am editing and updating this post to add some music from our son, the Fiddler and friends. Hope you enjoy. We’re all putting on our Snowshoes here!

Be safe out there, friends!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekend Walk: the Blues (in a good way)

blue sky with first quarter moon shining through

driftwood reflection

Nuthatch on the front porch, resting between sunflower seeds

oh, sweet ducks.. why don’t you stay with us?

We had a gorgeous Sunday.. so Blessed! Could there be a winter storm brewing though?


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine’s Barn

One of my favorite things: road trips with my Sweetheart.

Bonus: barn captures along the way!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Is there something you’ve always wanted to do?

Give it a go! For years I have wanted to try oil painting, or watercolor, or.. well, just something in the painting area. Since the first of this year I’ve watched various youtube videos, checked out my favorite painters’ websites and tips, skimmed some painting books, and collected a few basic supplies. What can I say, I am a DIY kind of gal. Finally, after all that… I had to try. No turning back! Here she is, my first oil painting. You might have guessed my subject.. hee haw! This is Ruby (based on photo on the sidebar to your right).

Check out the PERFECT easel that Mr. W made me

Please don’t judge – I’m just happy she looks like a donkey. ;) To make it fair, I’ll eventually have to do a Gracie painting. I actually used water mixable oil paints. Since it is winter and we are cooped up in the house, it seemed like a good idea to avoid toxic fumes.

Now, all that’s left to do is sign this one, and decide what to paint next. Hmmmm….!

do them


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Meet Burl

Mr. W was about 12 years old when he first laid eyes on “Burl.”

{beauty is in the eye of the beholder}

It was an impressionable meeting, and Mr. W never forgot about Burl…

even though he didn’t see him again for 44 more years.

Burl began life as a “blister” on a walnut tree, and has since matured into a very large {huge} unusual “creature.”
(Hazel inspects)

Recently, they were re-introduced. Burl was no longer vertical, and the Blacksmith (aka Mr. W) rescued him, using a whole lot of tractor-power. It was a lot of trouble.


But Burl was SO worth it.



Soon, we’ll see if Burl is as beautiful inside as he is on the outside. We’ll keep you posted.


Read more about Burl Wood here.

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