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February 27, 2014 One Day Closer to Spring...
Only one day left in February. To me, seeing MARCH on the calendar is a turning point. Although our weather is about as far from Spring as you could imagine.
This little sparrow was watching the latest squall from the Rose of Sharon bush today. After a warm spell of 2-3 days we are back into winter with cold, wind and more snow squalls. But Spring is only 3 weeks away. It's also the day I give a presentation to a group of 40-50 people in Albany. I am looking forward to that!
February 10, 2014 Sometimes...snow is just so beautiful...
We had some snow last week. On Wednesday, no one went anywhere as the officials declared a State of Emergency so as many people would be OFF the roads as possible and the plows could do their work. But Thursday, I went to Still Point for just a little while to get some pictures. No matter that I had just gone there Tuesday for the same reason. The landscape had changed.
Now, we MAY have another storm on Wednesday into Thursday but it's still to early to tell. And I am getting ready to go on a 5 day silent retreat at the Retreat House. The homestead will be in good hands while I am gone, and I am looking forward to it. This will be number 3 of the past 4 years. A nice time to reflect and then get ready for a couple of upcoming presentations.
Otherwise, we are trying to stay healthy. A lot of flu going around and we are GLAD we got the flu shot in the fall. It is a bad one this year. Stay safe, warm and healthy.
January 26, 2014 Back to the icebox
Whoever said it was going to be a cold and snowy winter was right this year.
One good thing is that we have had a couple of warm or rainy spells to lower the snow level. But it is winter the way I remember it from years ago. The photo was taken last night as we came out from dinner...the main street had about an inch of fluffy snow and it was very slippery.
I have to say that even I am looking forward to spring! But meanwhile, I have been sorting through a LOT of pictures on the external hard drives and getting things organized. Plus...discarding duplicates and photos I don't really need. Of course, that frees up space for MORE photos. Just sayin'...
January 11, 2014 Happy New Year!
A rainy, warm-ish night after a good cold snap and we are into 2014!
It has been pretty busy around the house, or I should say I have been busy. Every now and then (as I think many of you will relate to) I decide it is time to clear STUFF out. And so, with the cold days I cleaned out cabinets and closets, throwing away a lot of things I just don't need around here. It's energizing, and it just seems cleaner, although these were things you didn't necessarily SEE. Each new year is a new beginning - a starting point. So, I figured I would take advantage of it.
Next, I'll have to migrate last years entries to the archives and freshen up the home page. Never a dull moment.
December 24, 2013 Merry Christmas
It is Christmas Eve, and things are quiet on the home front. We had our family Christmas on Sunday, so the holiday itself will be quiet. Mass tonight, then just a simple day at home. There is still a little bit of the snow from 10 days ago despite a warmi and rainy few days.
My wish for Christmas is peace. In our hearts and in this world. Blessings to all of you.
December 15, 2013 First big snowstorm
Not much in the yard when the snow started falling yesterday afternoon. But by 9PM and on, the snow picked up and we ended up with a foot of snow! Some events got canceled as people dug out but if it sticks around we should have a white Christmas.
I finally got my cards out, have to wrap some gifts for the family Christmas which will be on Sunday, to accomodate the working members. It's hard to believe we have just about completed another year.As I sit here with a mug of hot tea, I think of all of the blessings that surround me. Like so many snowflakes it is like an avalanche! Hoping you are all well, and ready for the holidays, whatever you celebrate.
December 5, 2013 Getting close to Christmas!
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now we are getting ready to celebrate Christmas!
The photo above is of an outlet of one of our local lakes a little over a week ago. We had a little bit of snow, but it has since melted. Ponds and lakes are starting to freeze up. Here at home, I put lights up on our "new" deck...the roof gave me something to attach lights to easily. Everything is ready to make Christmas cards, calendars that I give as gifts have been ordered and most of the shopping is done. With plenty of time to reflect on the season and its true meaning.
I am thankful for my life, and those in it. There have been some difficult times but they are far outweighed by the blessings. Love my friends as well, some of whom I have never met but we stay in touch online. And I pray for those facing difficulty either in health, or because of extreme weather, unrest, etc. You are all close to my heart especially in this season.
Perhaps in 2014, I'll be more faithful in my posting here. Time to get MY focus back!
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