I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Digging out..

 Well... another 10 inches or so fell yesterday and over night last night.

Remember this?

 This morning. That snow covered square is the picnic table.

 Looking forward to this...May 1, 2019...

Somewhere under there are my garden beds, this morning. 

The days are measurably longer, and the sun sure is stronger. Every season of the year has its positives, and we enjoy each one as it comes. The snowshoeing is good, as long as you go out early before the temperature rises above freezing when the snow sticks on your snowshoes, making them feel like you are dragging ten pounds more on each foot! There is a noticeable up-tick in animal activity. The Barred Owls are hooting during the day, and odd circling fox tracks in the snow indicate that there is more than hunting on their minds! 

We had a Northern Shrike perusing my bird feeders a while ago, and the Evening Grosbeaks have made an appearance. Slowly but surely, spring is creeping closer.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

White and green stuff....

Only -16C early this morning, rising to -6.... practically balmy! Right from the sunrise, the sky has been clear, and it is now a beautiful, full sun day. 

We got about 4 to 5 inches of fluffy, poofy snow last night, glittering in the light as it fell in big flakes. This morning, all the tree limbs are accented with snow. The birds, coming and going from the feeder to the apple tree, cause little puffs of snow to drift down every time they alight on a limb.

My snowshoes sank right down through this ethereal white stuff when I went for a walk around, absorbing the beauty of the day. Pristinely white, sparkly expanses stretch out in all directions.

I've got a pot of greens growing under lights, from which we have harvested leaves several times for sandwiches.

 A bud is rising from the one amaryllis bulb I brought in. The days are getting longer and brighter.......



Thursday, February 4, 2021


On our morning walk yesterday, the lighting seemed to hi-light the little animal tracks, and they looked like stitches in the snow.

This guy is making a long crochet chain.

This guy is knitting, he needs to work on his tension! 

This little guy is obviously sketching out plans for a triangular shawl.

Cross stitching? 

A snow boa over the trail. 

This guy has found himself a cozy little home, and probably food, in the mulch over the parsnip bed. (Where are you Mr. Fox?)

We've had a run of delightful cold, sunny days. We got out, drilled some holes, and did a little fishing...no luck.