Long time coming………….

What has been a long time coming you ask?  Why this blog post.  I started this post two hours ago on my Ipad using the WordPress Ipad app.  BIG mistake, that is the most unfriendly app I’ve got on the Ipad and I have no idea where my saved draft went to, nor how to get back to it.  So, having taken the pics on the Ipad, I e-mail them to my computer to resize them in Photoshop and add some captions in.  Well, then my Photoshop Editor started acting up, changing the entire background to an over layer of red when I tried to add a caption.  And of course, there was no easy web search to find a solution.  And it’s still not fixed, so there’s only one pic with the actual caption in it, which will make this a much longer post!   LOL  As if I hadn’t already started a long post.

The original title of this post was to be “QUILTING AND A SNOW DAY”, and now I’ll get on to that topic.  The last few days here have been crazy for my area!  We got SNOW! Lots and lots of SNOW.    Normally, we might get 1″ or 2″ of snow at any given time, and it usually melts that same day.  Occasionally we’ll get a “whopper” of a storm with 3-4″.  (Yes, I’m chuckling at my Northern raised self here!).  But this time we did get walloped!  At then end of day 1, we had 7″ on the ground, then overnight we got a layer of icy snow pellets, and the following day we got 3″ of fresh snow on top of that before it stopped!

Now my rabbitry is constructed of a pipe carport structure with canvas roofing.  Hey, it’s perfect down here usually!  But in extremes, it doesn’t quite live up to it’s promise, and I was out every 3 hours for the entire storm cleaning off the canvas so it didn’t collapse.  Thankfully it didn’t and my poor bunnies even survived the terror of the broom on the roof clearing snow (although Amaya hid on top of the nest box, under a piece of wood that was laid on top her cage….silly girl!).

Today the sun is shining beautifully and I thought I’d share some pictures of our snowstorm, the day after:

This is just some of the snow that was brushed off the rabbitry roof during the storm.

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Yesterday at the height of the storm, you couldn’t see the steps at all leading up to the pool, thankfully it melted some, but there won’t be any swimming for at least a day month or two.

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I’ve never had snow inside the bird feeder before, I think the squirrel was trying to get in from the top and unseated the lid.  Smart squirrel, now I’ll have to dump it outside the fence line so the dogs don’t get into it and it doesn’t go bad inside the feeder and cause more problems!

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Obviously the four-wheelers were out playing in the cul-de-sac yesterday.  Me, I’m not going anywhere until this is either plowed or melts away.  Since I’ve only seen a plow on our road one or two times in the 20 years I’ve lived here, I think it will be until it melts!

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Thankfully the new grape vine and pear tree aren’t supposed to ship for another week, so this has time to melt off before I need to plant them.  I’m replacing the top blackberry bush on the fence to another grape as it was a variety of blackberry that I really disliked the flavor of.

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And of course, there will be no growth in these herb planters, nor burning of the brush pile, for a day or two.

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But it’s definitely pretty as the sun rises in the morning over the back yard.

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So, what did I do inside while the snow fell between rabbitry roof cleaning sessions?  Well, I watched the baby chicks grow. (Two Golden Comet and one Buff Orpington)

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And I monitored Ciarra’s fascination with them (she’s doing really good!)

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I worked on a customer quilt that is all simple line work.  And although it’s taking longer than expected (especially with the weather disruptions), it’s coming out nicely and I’m pleased with it. (this is the next section rolled and ready to quilt)

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And finally, once it quit snowing, I rewarded myself for all the snow removal time by SITTING DOWN and making a Valentine’s Day table topper.  Based on a hexagon, as our table seats six, this was fast and easy to do.  Although the quilting, done on my domestic as the longarm was not free, does leave something to be desired.  But it’s done and on the table just in time!

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A change in the weather

Things were progressing nicely towards spring last week.  It was warm enough that I set up the greenhouse in front of the bay window in anticipation of  germinating seeds.

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And it was bright enough with the sunshine that I had natural light all the way to the far corner of the living room where my wheel sits at:

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Then the snow came in last night.  Although we didn’t receive nearly as much as South Charlotte did, we did get a little.  Stepping onto the front porch this morning, it didn’t look too wintry:

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But then I had to go check out the vegetable garden area:

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Sigh…………I guess it will still be a day or two before we can turn the soil and get ready to plant.

 

Oh well, my seeds haven’t yet arrived so I have time for winter to show itself and wear itself out before this becomes a concern.  And in the meantime, I think I’ll either knit or sew and wait for the snow to thaw and the mud to go away before I venture outside to play.

 

Will it survive?

Remember how the garden looked a week or so ago?

See how tall and straight the corn is?   Do you see my heirloom tomato (behind the zucchini trellis) standing almost as tall as the corn?  Isn’t Wasn’t it lovely?

Earlier this week we had a storm come through and the next morning my garden looked like this:

The corn was down, that gorgeous tall tomato was bent in half where the metal cage came out of the ground in the winds and it was on the ground.  The tomato wasn’t a true concern, it was still green and showed now signs of damage other than being down instead of upright.  The corn, I’m not so sure of.  But being the stubborn determined person that I am, the youngest grand and I spent a bit of time weeding out from below the corn, standing every stalk upright and stringing it to help it stay upright until it would re-seat itself (if it would) in the hopes of still having corn this summer.

And it looked good!  But by the time I got out to take a picture, we had a gentle breeze blowing again.  Not a storm breeze, just a gentle breeze and the corn that was upright was now turned in the opposite direction and starting to try to lie down again:

Will it survive?

Will we get corn later this summer?

Neither of those questions can I answer, but I do know I won’t be spending a couple hours trying to stand it back up if it goes down again!  Although it probably did need the weeding done.  ;>)