Seize the Day

Everyday I pass a place in the mountains where the water gathers and runs off when it is in liquid form.  Most of the winter it is covered under snow but there are a few magical days when it is cold enough to freeze naked to the world. Advertisements

January Surf in Maine

This last round of storms was followed by strong wind resulting in some AMAZING drifts!

“Hey Guys, We Have Wings!!!”

I mentioned earlier, that having the chickens and ducks outside the front door has been pretty awesome.   Most of the time everyone gets along well and this is the first winter in years I have not been running two different coops. They get along well but competition for food is fierce.  The ducks are…

Photo Challenge 2016- Still

The normal cycle of snow, melt, snow, repeat– skipped us this year and we have entered the frozen season with no dress rehearsal.  Barring some serious weirdness, the snow that has fallen over the last week will remain till spring. Goodbye ground! I have come to appreciated the frozen winter, so different from the wet ones…

Photo Challenge 2016- Creation

I have always had the unquenchable desire to create stuff.  Pretty much anything will do for materials, I can sculpt, draw, paint, weave, sew, and when all else fails I will completely make things up but there is nothing that I have ever done that even approaches what I see outside on any given morning. From…

Death and Snowflakes

The snow falling lightly on my window reveled itself to me one day. All the little flakes waited patiently to melt. Momentarily displaying their breathtaking detail, individual beauty and uniqueness. I was there to see it. But had there been no audience-the show would have remained exactly the same. Little frozen moments.

Photo Challenge 2016- Spring

This challenge has once again given me a chuckle and serious pause for thought at the same time. Yesterday we got almost six inches and snow…On the second day of spring. Yah, New England weather. This resulted in my pictures for the prompt being chuck-full of juxtaposition.  In fact, it was kind of hard for me…

Transitions

The thaw is on! This is not like last year, when I declared winter to be over out of exasperation.  Instead, I think the ground might be here to stay. This winter was very different from the last.  There is still more time for it to get gnarly but it seems like we have made it through with a…

Petroglyphs and Pyramids and Aliens?! Oh My!

Last winter we got really into Antiques Roadshow.  We have been doing better this winter at not driving ourselves crazy with marathons of random Netflix shows, until now. After four hours of the show Ancient Aliens; I lost it and started yelling at the idiot box.  Forgetting Mark Twain’s sage advice to “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down…

Suspended Spring

Snow turns to rain but winter is unwilling to let its prisoners go, the bitting cold guilds the land. A new day shines forth. Morning sun hugs new-grown shoots and buds in silver light.

Winter Is Over!…?

It may not look like it but I am declaring today to be the last day of winter! I know, I know, it really doesn’t look like winter is done but trust me; it’s on the way out!  Today we saw a liquid substance on the road, I am calling it “molten snow;” though I am…

Snow Anyone?

This should give you some clue about the amount of snow we have.  The husky can almost climb the drift to the roof…

“Well, There’s Your Problem…”

Yep, we have reached the point in the winter when the parking lot snow is over the top of the trucks, rack and all. Every other row of parking spots turn into ski slopes. And everyone is running out of places to put new snow. Driving up North yesterday I found someone with more problems than…

“Lord, Deliver Us from Commercials.”

Our greenhouses are in the process of being swallowed by snow. Most of the surrounding area is under hip deep drifts, we have been snowed-in for the better part of a month but I am at my wits end with the commercials that interrupt our regularly scheduled winter programming. We don’t have cable.  We gave it…

Creepy Lobster Trap Valentine Tree Anyone?

I wanted to check out what the storm systems had done to the coast so I drove down to Cape Neddick near where we used to live in Kennebunk.  As I headed out to the lighthouse I was greeted by this cool lobster trap Christmas tree.  Now adorned with some pretty creepy Valentine’s teddies. It looks…

Snowed-in Cauliflower

Over the past few weeks our area has received over 70 inches of the white stuff, with more on the way next week.   Consequently we have spent A LOT of time indoors, unable to leave the house. We have taken turns doing the shopping- depending on whose schedule takes them closer to a food dispensary. The…

The Borderline

The transition of the seasons and peculiarities of winter still excite me but this is only my fifth Maine winter.  I am promised by old timers (and my husband) that this excitement will fade. Not yet! I still can’t get enough of all the ways things can freeze, thaw and freeze again. Trapping water in action…

“I Only Know Enough To Know I Don’t Know Much.”

Because the beginning of next year starts with the end of this one I thought the end of last year was a good place to start the next. Confused yet? Don’t be. The changes this year held for us have been immense.   We have done many things and many things have happened to us.  It all begun…

Snow, Rain, Sleet, Repeat.

The weather here the past week has been a bit indecisive.  It seems as soon as we get some decent powder we get ice on top of it.  The lakes and ponds have frozen, thawed. and frozen again. Most mornings we have woken up to a dusting. I am still in awe of the beauty…

Glazed Maine

Some people start their morning with glazed donuts.  Here in Maine, some mornings everything wakes up glazed.  The only difference is how you drive.

Pyramids- The Snowman’s Angular Cousins.

Last week’s pre-Thansgiving snow storm left us with over a foot of frozen clouds in our yard. I thought to myself- “self, I bet we could make a snow pyramid.  WAIT!!! I bet I could get the boys to help me make the whole Giza Plateau.” Since I have been blessed with the two coolest…

“Looks Cold…”

We had our first real snow of this year.  It’s really amazing that silently over night the yard can go from- to- I think the lettuce is finally done. The back garden is also out of commission till next year, season over. The chickens stayed inside for the first time in a long while to avoid…

The End of A Season

With snow flurries last week and the steady drop in temperature there is no denying that winter is near.  The light takes on a thick quality at the beginning and end of the day and it is dark by 5pm.  The last of the fall colors is disappearing but the view from the top of any hill is…

Are Phoenix Ashes Impatient?

When a Phoenix dies, do its remains know they will be reborn? This past few months I have managed to; loose my dad, quit my job, flounder in the beginnings of a new venture, remain almost completely homebound for months and gradually loose my mind in the process. I have been working on one particular painting for years…

Spring Time in Maine Part II- The Thawing

It’s happening, really happening! Even though in your head you know spring has got to come.   For a long time this winter I didn’t quite believe it. Neither did my husband. When I told him that spring must arrive sometime- since it does it every year, he pointed out that during the ice age this…