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April Snowstorm

April 4, 2016 - Winterberry Holly and Forsythia in side yard.

April 4, 2016 – Winterberry Holly and Forsythia in side yard.

“Perhaps what moves us in winter is some reminiscence of far off summer … The cold is merely superficial; it is summer still at the core, far, far within.”

– H. D. Thoreau

Our house.

April 4, 2016 – Our house.

 

April Snow, Main St

April 4, 2016 – Our Town.

 

Statue

April 4, 2016 – Cemetery Statue.

 

April 4, 2016 - Cemetery Pond.

April 4, 2016 – Cemetery Pond.

 

April 4, 2016 - Underbrush.

April 4, 2016 – Underbrush.

Photos by K. Houk and S. Rockmuller.

Sewing box

 

My daughter’s birthday was a couple of months ago. Because the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree, she is a “maker,” like her Mom, so I decided to decorate a box in which she can keep all those little things. I am unable to use my sewing machine now, so I’ve been finding projects I can do while resting.

The plain box below was for sale for $14.95.

Plain Sewing Box

 

I used paint and objects I found around the house.

Sewing box, right top drawer

Above:  Open right drawer of box. Includes a rose packet of vintage needles.

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Sewing box, right side open

 

Above:  The other level, open, on the right side of the box. I used a vintage pattern, and gave her some bling.

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Sewing box, front drawer open

 

Above: An image of the girl herself  is in the front top center drawer.

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Sewing box, back

Above: a portion of the back of the box.

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Sewing box left side

Above: the left side of the box.

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Sewing Box Front

Above: Sewing box front.

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This project was fun!

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Happy St. David’s Day!

Daffodils, March 1, 2013

Daffodils, March 1, 2013

Daffodil Detail.3.1.13

Daffodil Closeup.3:1:13

Dydd gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus!

Porch Possum

Porch Possum

A possum decided to explore the cat’s den on the front porch.

Meanwhile, I’ve put together two more terrariums. Photos to follow if energy allows!

October Snowstorm of Historic Proportions

More photos! Last night we received about 10 inches of heavy, wet snow. Because the leaves are still on most of the trees, the weight brought down tree limbs. There were a couple of large tree limbs (one oak, one maple) that hit the roof, with many smaller limbs down all around. Brave husband climbed up on the roofs to remove the limbs, while I handed up saws, etc.

Below is my hand, as I cleared snow off the yew. You can see how deep the snow is.

A photo shot skyward at the snow on the maple leaves. With the sun shining on it, the snow has been melting quickly. See the birds in the upper right corner?

The last time we experienced a winter storm here in October was in the 1980’s. We were without power for days, melting snow for water and cooking on the wood stove. So far we have not lost power with this storm, though the lights flickered a few times.

So, what does Mother Nature have in store for us next?

Early Snow, Green Leaves

Many of the leaves on the trees have not yet turned color and fallen, yet last evening was our first snow of the season. The photos below were taken around my home and studio in the early morning light.

The echinacea plants are wearing tall, snowy caps.

The yew bushes simply bend.

A view from my studio window. Snow was sifting down in the early sunshine, giving the air a dreamy quality.

A few minutes later, the sky was intensely blue.

The clothesline.

Now, in the early afternoon, the snow is melting away.

Transitory pleasures, but certain to be repeated. This is just the beginning!

Signs of Autumn

It has begun.

Flowers go to seed,

and autumn flowers blossom.

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