Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When "More of This Crap" Transformed into a Winter Wonderland

 Snow again!  What a surprise!  Today's snow was light and fluffy, and when I went outside at lunchtime while the sun was shining, I saw that it was made of bajillions of perfect, pretty little flakes.   I also heard a spring bird chirping nearby.  It was a transformation of "ech, I can't wait until all this stuff goes away" to "ooooooh!  it's beautiful and it sparkles!" 

Luna was loving the warm sun.  She's a ten year old puppy.

The landscape everywhere was graceful and sparkling like it was scattered with tiny jewels.  When you take a closer look to admire any one snowflake, the rest fade into the landscape.  There's all sorts of metaphors here but I'm not tapping into any profound thoughts any more than usual right now. 
 The pics do the talking...

  Snowflakes sort of shapeshift when you look at them from diffent angles.  
The next two pictures are of the same flake (on a cookie sheet.)

I think we could both feel that spring was right here even with all of this snow around.

Spring, we welcome you into our hearts right now!

Friday, February 06, 2015

It's a Little Past Imbolc, and I'm Eager for New Growth

I stepped away from blogging for a while and it was longer than I thought...three months shy of two years.  I really don't know where the time went.  My focus turned toward other things for a while.  I noticed that other bloggers whose blogs I enjoy seemed to go on hiatus too.  Laura, of Forest Walk Art, was gone for a while and recently came back. I really enjoy her nature pics and nature art.  And, it looks like Adriana of Vegan Magic hasn't posted in quite some time, I love her recipes.  I think I'll drop her a line.

Born on groundhog day, I like to say the groundhog is my spirit animal.  I feel like I'm ready to come out of hibernation.  My intentions to grow my business have been gaining ground lately too.  A while back, I decided to join Toastmasters to develop some public speaking skills.  This has helped me to put some marketing into action that is making some real growth happen with my business.

I can easily get stuck in planning mode and avoid what makes me uncomfortable.  But until some kind of action is taken, those hopes and plans just stay dormant.

We had a mild winter until all at once the sky dropped about two feet of snow on us with temperatures in the negative numbers a few times.  It's not unusual in CT for the temperatures to go from the teens one day to mid thirties the next.  Now I hear we may get another foot and a half this coming week.  We are ready for spring.  Here's our Luna checking out an amaryllis.  I like to grow a bulb flower indoors in the winter, it gives some cheer to the long, dark, cold days of winter.

Here's to making the best of these hibernation days, and warm weather dreams
inevitably coming to fruition soon!   

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Looking a Little More Closely

I'm making a new flower garden with native, and not, flowering plants.  Getting down to the ground gets you to notice the little things you've been overlooking, and creatures you may not have known existed.  They can be fascinating.

These are a wild growing lily of the valley.  They grow all over and have a pretty perfumy scent that smells almost sickeningly sweet up close.

A close up of the flower.

Star moss blooming.  These flowers at the top of the moss contain the male gametes for reproducing.

When digging I found this Red Velvet Mite.  They live in the soil.  This one is about as big as my pinky fingernail.    

A spider whose web was between two flowers. 

A close up of a bluet. 

That mystery tulip