Showing posts from February, 2007

Spring has Sprung? Let's Hope So!

Look at these beautiful Bassets! That's Elmo on the left, Duchess on the right. They are out on the deck on their pillows, enjoying the sun and mild temperatures today. The snow has all but vanished (except in the piles on the streets, where the snow plough ran), and lots of spring flowers are pushing through the ground. How they survived all that cold weather, I'll never know! I've heard that the forecast for this weekend isn't the greatest (rain and wind on the way), but surely we won't slip back into Winter again...surely?

I'm starting to get the hang of Blog publishing, particularly on my I pick a topic for each day, select my resources and supporting materials, and create the content to publish. I've used the links, and I'm adding a few features that I can upload. I've learned all about using AdSense from Google, and have added a number of elements as suggested. As I get more comfortable with the process, I'…

Could Spring be on the Way?

Yesterday was absolutely beautiful here in O'Fallon! The skies were blue, the birds were singing, and the snow was almost all melted away...oh yes, and it reached the mid-50's! Who could ask for anything more? I took this picture from our deck of a male cardinal in the thicket in our back yard. He and his mates were busy at the feeders all afternoon.

It's hard to believe that this time last week, we had 5 inches of snow on the ground...and it hit 5 degrees at 5:00 a.m. The snow was beautiful, but we are all ready for Spring!

I started back working on my novel yesterday, with a renewed sense of purpose. I've determined that the key to reaching my writing goal is least, that's what I read. I'm happy to be moving forward, even though it feels so scary to not know what I'm doing...a bit like stepping into the darkness. I know that as I am successful at figuring out the process, I'll feel much more confident...and want to work that muc…

Snow Redux

Say hello to my snow helper...what should I call him? As you can see, he's wearing his Mitsubishi-Fuso cap and drinking a Diet Pepsi...much like Thomas would be doing if he were here to help shovel the snow that fell with a fury this morning...and is still coming down this afternoon.

It took me a couple of hours to clear the driveway, sidewalk, and to create some paths on the deck and in the back yard for the dogs to be able to get outside. Then, I came inside so I could check out for houses in Florida!

After I get warmed up, I think I'll get in the kitchen and make Mom and me some home-made chicken noodle soup. It's so simple, and so much better than the red can. I made some banana pudding for us last night, and Thomas brought us a bakery bread loaf that should be just the thing. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

Way to go, Peyton!

It wasn't pretty, but it was a happy ending. Of course, I'm speaking of the Super Bowl. We were pulling for Peyton and the Colts all the way...and they came through as the Champs. As we have always thought he was robbed of the Heisman, it certainly was great to see him standing there with the MVP trophy in hand. Sweet! Of course, it would have been sweeter if he played for the Rams, but you can't have everything, can you?

This weekend, during the Super Bowl and all the pre-game programs, I knitted and crocheted 9 "squares" (they're really 7 x 9, more or less) for the Warm Up America project. Hopefully I'll get them blocked and mailed off this week.
It's bitter-cold here...going down to 5 degrees at 5:00 this morning. We're having a heat wave right now at 16 (!), and it's snowing big puffy flakes which are, of course, sticking. Thomas says he's driving to Chicago (where they registered -10 degrees!) this evening after his doctor's appoin…

New Month...New Snow

We woke up this morning to frigid temperatures and a new layer of snow...brrrrr! As February is "Feed the Birds" month, according to P. Allen Smith, I thought this would be the perfect picture to post on the first day of the second month of the year. I took this picture, looking out the bay window in our bedroom at the platform feeder that Santa brought Thomas for Christmas. He had stocked it with both sunflower and safflower seeds yesterday, and it has had many visitors since then: cardinals, titmice, juncos, sparrows, and finches. We truly love having our morning coffee and watching the birds enjoy their breakfast, just a few feet away from us.