Sunday, March 1, 2015

Is this snow hanging around waiting for another one?

The snow started last Wednesday night. The back yard today...

Rarely does snow stay around here this long...

I said to Poppy, imagine going outside wearing short sleeves and feeling the sun on bare skin. Imagine a clear blue sky. Kinda hard to do. We woke up to freezing rain this morning. 

The temperature finally climbed above freezing. Our snowman friend is still out front but has lost weight and is looking a little sickly. Tomorrow I  will give him eyes and a smile again and adjust his scarf. I noticed one of our neighbors slowing down as she drove past earlier today so her two year old granddaughter could see Mr. Snowman. She needs to see a happy snowman.

Oh, update on the TV/VCR on Craigslist. I got a call back from the lady saying she could meet me at a mall in Raleigh on Saturday (yesterday) at 1:30. With the animals taken care of, Eli settled in, the house straightened up, and myself ready to go...I trudged through the ice to my car, which had not been moved since the snow fell on Wednesday. Well, the car would not budge. I got out of the car and shoveled the ice and snow from under the tires enough so the tires would be touching the gravel and get enough of a grip to back into the grooves made by Poppy's truck. Making it up the half frozen half muddy path to the highway I was on my way.  Seems then I felt the car skip, then again...probably my imagination. About fifteen miles down the road the 'check engine' lights came on. Needless to say, I was afraid to continue on toward Raleigh. After calling the lady and explaining the situation, I turned the car around at the first clear driveway, stopped at Walmart and bought groceries and came home. The lady promised to hold the TV for me. Hopefully, we can meet this week.

Better finish up supper. Another day gone. Hey, it's March 1st. Spring is getting closer. Hope to be back soon.


These strange tracks in the snow went all through the back yard...

Friday, February 27, 2015

After the big snow

Poppy said, you better put this picture of you and Eli on your sure don't mind posting awful pictures of me, still in my pajamas...

We were resting after a rough day in the big snow. Actually, I wasn't sleeping. My thinking was if I closed my eyes, I wouldn't be in the picture. :)

Somebody else had a busy day in the snow. This little rascal caught a mouse. Had I caught them in time I would have saved the little mouse...but it was too late. Poppy was mighty proud...

A Rufous Sided Tohee in the snowy tree. What a name...

And now, I had a little springtime today. The mailman stopped by with a package too large for the mail box. It was addressed to me. A surprise from Andee. The card read, "Dear Mom, just a little something for spring. It's right around the corner".  Inside the package was two cute bunny rabbit towels. Don't these look just like Easter...and spring?

We have 45 degrees and sunshine today but this snow is melting very slowly. Mr. Snowman is still standing, but facing the sun. I did notice that his eyes and mouth have fallen off.

Better get busy. I was going to allow myself thirty minutes here at the computer...this day is about gone!  I do appreciate your friendship so much.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

We've got SNOW!


We have snow! Real snow! Nope, this is not the usual light dusting and it's not sleet and freezing rain...this is about eight inches of beautiful white fluffy snow. It was probably 1957 the last time I built a snowman. I could not resist. Built by Henny Penny herself...

A couple of Tylenol should help my back. :)  

and, snow pictures. Lots of snow pictures...

Poppy, still in pajamas...

Eli had a blast...

The ducks came up to meet me early this morning...hungry!

Sorry, one more closeup of Mr. Snowman. I'm proud of this snowman and actually had fun building it. 

You are all probably saying, wow snow :(   Seriously, I'm ready for spring. We just haven't seen snow this pretty in a long time. 

Thank you for sharing my fun in the snow. 


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow! Plans cancelled!

Post started yesterday 2/24

It's snowing here today! "Why am I not surprised"! Lately every time Shelby and I plan to get together, something happens and we have to postpone. We had planned to go down home today, well not exactly down home, but down to Sanford. Our Dad was born and raised there. Sanford is about an hour drive from Raleigh...going south . Daddy had seven brothers and two sisters. We have lots of relatives there.

Mama and Daddy many years ago...

Shelby and I were going to the cemetery where Daddy is buried. Back in 1942, the year I was born, Daddy had to buy a burial see, I had a twin sister who died hours after we were born.  Back then, at Shallow Well Church in Sanford, you could not buy just one burial plot, you had to buy five, so Daddy bought five. A bit of information Shelby found out yesterday. Only two of the plots have been used, one for Daddy and one for the baby. Shelby and I were hoping to find the baby's grave and put a marker on it, and visit Daddy's grave.  Then we were to find out about the three remaining plots.

I'm back...

Shelby and I hated to cancel our plans but the snow fell all day long yesterday. Maybe next week. I could sure use  a day away...a break from the routine...a change of scenery!

Poppy was off work yesterday too and since it was cold and snowing he and Eli lounged around...

                      wanna play?

                      you going to sleep?

                                this is boring!

                      Could you move over a little?

We've had a little sunshine this morning but now but the clouds are beginning to build. We could get 4 to 6  inches of snow tonight and tomorrow! I know one thing!!! Spring can't get here fast enough!

Suppose I had better get back to the housework...the washer just stopped. Thank you, if you've managed to stay this long.  :)


Saturday, February 21, 2015

It's still icy NC

As soon as Poppy was out the door and on his way to work, I got the feed together along with a couple of buckets of water and went out to take care of the animals. It worries me to think they may be thirsty and everything is frozen. 

The problem here is not deep snow but hard packed ice. It's treacherous walking. 

The temperature had warmed up to 16 this morning and it is supposed to be around 32 by noon.  Then we could see 42 with some rain by later in the day. I'll take the rain, by cracky!

It is very unusual for snow and ice to stay around this long and this has been here since last Tuesday. Even a few icicles still hanging around...

Janet from "my miniature donkeys" asked about the salads Poppy and I have on Friday nights. It's sure nothing special. Just a combination we both enjoy. Ingredients are...

Lettuce, shredded carrots, onions, chopped boiled eggs, Craisins, walnuts, cut up grilled chicken breast, and croutons. Poppy likes French dressing. For me...olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper. I also love grape tomatoes and cucumber in my salad. Poppy doesn't care for those.

Better get busy. Lots to do today and I want to meet the lady with the TV/VCR.

Thank you for visiting and please do come back.


PS  I know that our cold weather is nothing compared to what most of you are dealing with. We don't normally see this kind of cold for such an extended period!

Friday, February 20, 2015

A man and his dog...and his dog's teddybear

Had to laugh. Just who is this big dog loyal to. His master or his teddy bear? Poppy looks like he is not sure either. Poppy looks tired after his first day back to work.

I've been shopping for a big colorful ball to throw over into the goat lot for Eli to play with. So far I haven't found a ball that looks sturdy enough. This cheap Frisbee lasted about five minutes. As soon as it was out of the shopping bag and tossed into the living room  Eli bit two holes in it...

This is Friday night, salad night, and Poppy's night to work til 7:00. Everything is ready and in the frig for the salads.

By the way...I may soon be watching Jane Eyre and those other VCR movies. Look at this nice little TV/VCR listed for sale on Craigslist. If nothing happens, I plan to pick it up tomorrow. It supposedly is in excellent condition and does look to be...

It has Henny Penny written all over it! Perfect for the sewing room. 

This cold cold weather needs go away. My hands are so very rough and dry and chapped. Why, the chickens feet don't look as dry and cracked as my hands do right now.

Hope we all have some warm sunny days soon. I also hope to be back soon.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Happy Room

So far so good with the frozen pond. Look who is sleeping comfortably on the bed next to the computer...

Late yesterday I looked out the bedroom window and saw two hungry ducks waddling across the frozen pond toward home. However, early this morning both were back in the same cold, shady, frozen spot across the pond. I have a sneaking suspicion that it's a young gray tom cat scaring them away.

I've been busy in the little sewing room, my happy room, working on bonnets, but I've also finished an apron and bonnet set...

It's hard to get motivated lately. February has always been a depressing month for me. Lots of times just going in the sewing room changes my mood. Old fashioned things make me happy... 

These VCR movies were in a thrift shop in Henderson for five dollars...for the set! I'm watching Craigslist for a small TV/VCR for the sewing room. These are my favorite type movies. Why I've watched Jane Eyre ten times or more. Jane Eyre is a VCR movie too so I haven't been able to watch it for quite some time now. How perfect would that be...watching Jane Eyre while stitching up a bonnet.

The sewing machine sits in front of this window with a bit of a view of the front yard. There used to be a big rose bush that bloomed just outside the window...I've set out another one that hopefully will bloom this summer

and the bed in the sewing room sits by this window where Bickett enjoys the late afternoon sun...

Better finish up here. Poppy is waiting for the computer. I promised not to be here too long. Thank you for visiting. Hope to be back soon.