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March 2012

Hummingbird Alert!

New Englanders, GET OUT YOUR FEEDERS! 

This was not the Wednesday post I had planned.  That changed this morning, when I saw these migration maps..

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dated yesterday. 

I ran to fill my feeder.  I'd been wondering. Everything is so early, more than a month, the way I see it.  When I checked two weeks ago, everything looked about normal.  Then this happened..

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and this..

They are sure signs that the hummers are on their way.  Soon.  We did get a hard freeze two nights ago.  Lots of the flowering trees were damaged.  It is anyone's guess when the huimmers will show.  But, just in case... GET YOUR FEEDERS OUT! 


Here it is, 6:15pm, Monday evening, and I am only now sitting down to write a weekending post.  I've been SO busy!  I'm thinking that it is an early case of spring fever, brought on by the fabulously beautiful and deceiving spring weather.  Even now, as I type this, I have to pause.. the turkeys are out there, staring in my window, waiting for me to scatter seed under the sprruce tree for them.   Wait just a minute.. (52 at last count)

brrrrrrrrr.... the wind has picked up and it is cold!  I need to clean the ash out of the stove and get a new fire lit.

Let's see.... what have I been doing..?  Not much in the way of knitting.  It was stalled. Last night, while we caught up on some recorded TV shows, I finally straightened out the mistake I made, probably on the plane last week heading for LA.  We flew low and the view, both directions was spectacular.  Very distracting.  I'd put off frogging back to fix it in favor of reading another book from Laurie King's Mary Russell series.  Loving them!!  (They are a Sherlock Holmes spin off, Mary being his very much younger wife and partner.) I'm finishing my third.  A good bit of the weekend was spent sitting in front of the wood stove reading.  

Now that it is back on track, I should make good progress with this easy little shawlette. 


Another thing the weather triggered was my desire to get some serious walking time in.  Fitbit has made clocking my mileage easier.  For those of you that asked, I think it is fairly accurate.  I set my stride length when I got it but am aware that hiking conditions in the woods make mileage a bit iffy.  However, I have found it to be close enough to what I know to be correct.  I'm happy.  It has been a push to clock five miles and 10000 steps each day.  So far, so good, at least for the last few days.



I'm progressing with other far less interesting projects, ie. getting everything reconciled for taxes, meetings, inventory.. they all take time. Too much time, but everything took a bite out of the weekend.

Lastly, I'm taking Kim Klassen's Skinny Mini Photoshop class.  There were five classes that I needed to catch up on over the weekend.  I have used parts of Photoshop for many years, but never came close to understanding anything more than what I needed to make a good picture.  Once, I even decided and tried to take an online class, ON DIAL UP.  I learned frustration and gave myself an ulcer trying to download the lessons on a 14.4 connection.  Kim's class is fun!  Things I've always wondered how to do are begining to make sense.  



West Coast to East Coast...

(okay, I know it isn't Wednesday..)


..we're creatures of habit, drawn to the familiar.


The first shot was taken about a week ago, on a hike through Temescal Canyon.  It was a perfect day for a steep uphill climb, overcast and cool.  While the northeast enjoyed temps in the 70's, LA was dipping into the 50-60s.  Just what we needed, stepping out of winter.

The second picture was taken yesterday on another hike, this time on the east coast.  The weather had changed and temps were nearly a match, overcast and cool.  Before heading over to Sachuest Point for our real hike, we stopped to look out from the rocks at Pergatory Chasm in Middletown, RI.  It is a very small site.  I've gone there for years to watch the water surge in and out and to listen.  The sound is wonderful.



I love the distance you can see on a clear day! On our way down the trail in Temescal Canyon, we came across another in search of a view. 


Can you see that she has nest building materials in her beak?  Anyone know what kind of bird this is? *

(*thanks for the bird ID.  It is a Scrub Jay. )




Cats at night..

I'll leave the turkeys out of this post, except to mention that they have (also) been providing the cats with nearly endless entertainment during the day. Nights, well.. are long.

Monday night, after the truck was unpacked from the last show, we started our end of the month billing. This gave Sam, my always willing helper, something to do. He knows how to make a boring job fun.

I've been meaning to put up this series of pictures that I took one night while we were watching NOVA. I usually sit in my big chair, knitting, legs outstretched with Sammy laying lengthwise, his feet towards me. On this night, the show was about the many fantastic Birds of Paradise. Sam was fascinated and left to stand in front of the TV.

So.. We pulled up a stool for him to stand on.

He watched the whole show.

Sculpted fabric


As no one really wants to haul floor looms to monthly guild meetings, the program co-ordinators plan wonderful lectures and workshops. Friday, Mo Kelman gave a morning slide presentation of her fabulously organic sculptures and afternoon workshop on shibori sculpted fabric, using silk as the medium.

So many possibilities.

Color and texture. Hmmm..!

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here's winter!

Just when I was about to check off winter for 2012, we turned the February page back on the calendar and somehow, by displaying March, kick started what remains of winter.  (omg, I can hear it.. she's put up more turkey pictures!)




It has gone SO fast..  January was spectacular for hikling in the woods.  No snow.  Most of you know this.  Eventually, I'll populate posts with some of the pictures from those afternoons, poking around in my sneakers, in January, in New England.  The last weekend in January, there was the annnual (it has gotten to be annual for me..) spinning retreat in Wareham, MA. All play, relaxation, spinning, walking and eating.  Without the usual ice and snow cover, I was able to expand my walks into the woodlands abutting the salt marshes. It was a good change.  Most days, I was getting the year end stuff done for the business(es), dyeing yarn, skeining yarn, labeling yarn and doing what it takes to get ready for shows.  There were two coming up in February, the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival and the NETA Spa in Maine.  Both, FUN! Believe me, getting ready took most of my time.  The days sped on by.  We are so easily entertained.  Mornings start with turkeys, and afternoons end about the same way.  As I type this, there must be over 40 birds pecking at what's left of the seed that I threw out for them an hour or so ago. 







The cats don't mind the turkeys and the turkeys are much to busy minding each other to care about a couple cats.  With all the warm weather, it was getting a bit randy with the rafter, lots of displayed tail feathers, red reds, hot headed arguments, and a general one upmanship of the toms.  The snow seems to have slowed it down.  Winter, remember?

Time to post this. There's a bit of action I want to watch.  It is getting darker and the 'boys club' has arrived ( a group of 12 toms, all huge and very beautiful, the head council, whatever).  What they say, goes. 



Maybe I should have titled this post How I Spent My Winter, or Easily Amused.  But hey.. millions watch the Decorah eagles.



ps. I could have shown you show pics...

pps.  Ocellata is a turkey colorway offered in Super Sock 416.