Friday, January 28, 2011

Blue Skies

Doing a little skies... smiling at me...nothing but blue skies...well there are some clouds but the snow is gone and at thirty eight degrees I feel 'pos-i-tivi-ly spring-a-fied'.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Winter Woes and Beauty

Someone took out a section of the front fence this morning and kept on going. I feel certain they consider themselves lucky. For me it is a real winter woe and I know there are people that  would stop and tell you about this and offer to help rebuild the fence even if they could not help you pay for it.

And just down a ways is this pretty place. It is a peaceful scene and it helps to calm my frustration.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wintry Day & Dog Violet

It is cold,  snow is on the ground and the wind gusting can make it look as through there is a blizzard going on outside. The sun stayed in bed today and I need/want the sunshine. It helps keep me out of the kitchen and from foraging in the cabinets and refrigerator.
The beautiful little flower in the photo is the American Dog Violet and it will soon ( I hope) be showing it's sweet face all around the yard. This is a flower that can be 'sugared' and used as decorations on cakes etc. and is edible.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


At first glance and even when snapping the photo I thought a hawk had taken a meal of rabbit while on the fence.  The tuft of hair/fur is caught on one of the 'barbs' and I thought it was somewhat peculiar that individual hairs were just stuck straight out on the wire. There was another tuft on the ground. Maybe the hawk was flying over the fence and the rabbit snagged on the barbed wire. But, after uploading and looking at the photo again I am thinking maybe it was from a deer that jumped over the fence and gave up some hair from it's belly. I guess it's a question without an answer.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Tracking Snow

I am cold and I have spent most of the day blog hopping around to sites that have pictures from warmer climates where the sun is shining. Grey days send me to the kitchen on too many foraging trips.
The snow has been blowing around throughout most of the day with little accumulation. What would have been called a light tracking snow was in evidence early this morning. I always enjoy seeing what animals have been out and about over night.  The rabbit tracks on the porch always give Mandy a good start to her day as she runs around the yard sniffing and woofing.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge begins today.  I will be stumbling around with this as I have not kept sketchbooks in the past. I doodle and scribble and I do it on anything close at hand including bills that are due, even the counter tops in the kitchen don't escape the doodles. I do have files of these scribbles and doodles that I can't seem to part with. I am hoping the challenge will get me organized and focused with my scribbling. There are many wonderful artist and others that are sharing of their knowledge to help those of us willing to try. You can access all the information by clicking on the Sketchbook Challenge Badge that I have placed on this blog or at