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Turkey Tracks: Last Night’s Snow

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Turkey Tracks:  January 31, 2015

Last Night’s Snow

It snowed all day off and on yesterday–except when it rained–which produced an icy slush on the walkway and drive.

I cancelled meetings rather than take what started feeling like unnecessary trips down my driveway.  Down is one thing with that driveway.  Up is entirely another matter.

I realized I was stressed, so decided to call it a day.

The snow started sticking last night as the temps fell.

Here’s what it all looks like now–bearing in mind that the 25 to 30 inches of the last storm went down with the warmer temps.

From the front porch, after the shovelers came.  It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the depth after shoveling is three feet or more.



Another view of the front porch out to the woods:


And a shot of the path to the driveway and garage:


I woke in the night thinking that I was smelling a chemical order.  Had the propane vents been covered by a drift?  So at 3 a.m., I donned boots, coat, mittens, got the big flashlight, and checked.  No, the vent was fine.

Almost every night, our nightly news tells a story of a family magically saved by the intervention of someone who has rescued them from the out vents of the house being blocked…

The rest of the night was spent in deep sleep…

I got out my big boots to get to the chickens this morning as I knew getting into the chicken coop was going to be a problem with all the new snoe:


These big boots are heavenly to wear!

It has stopped snowing now, but another big storm is coming in on Monday.

I started a beef bone broth yesterday–can you smell the French Onion Soup that will be made soon?


Look at the color of that broth.  You can’t get that out of a box or can…

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January 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Turkey Tracks: Bonnie Sinatro’s Crocheted Ear Warmers

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Turkey Tracks:  January 31, 2015

Bonnie Sinatro’s Crocheted Ear Warmers

Look what came in the mail this week!



Ear warmers crocheted by Bonnie Sinatro–and embellished with an antique button from the buttons saved by her mother!

I put it right on–of course I did–fly-away hat hair popping with static and all:


Of course I love, LOVE it–and her, too.

Thanks, Bonnie!

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January 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Turkey Tracks: “Scrappy Scraps” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  January 31, 2015

Scrappy Scraps Quilt

Here is the second quilt in the scrappy series I have been making for my downstairs tv/sitting room–all made from the 2 1/2-inch bin of strips.

This quilt is based on Bonnie Hunter’s method in her “Scrappy Trip Around the World,” a free pattern on her quiltville.com web site and blog.

I had so much fun making this quilt!  What a treat to experience!

Basically, one sews together six strips of fabric about 17 inches long, joins them into a tube, and then cuts them into 2 1/2-inch little tubes.  Where you open the first tube determines the order of the block that develops as you open tubes and sew together the new strips.  If you want a dark, definitive block to run up the middle (which really helps define the diamonds that form), you must include a dark strip in the mix of six AND begin opening the little tubes at that point, so that dark block is on the bottom.  Bonnie has great pics on her blog of these steps.


Thanks to Megan Bruns and Matt who dropped in late yesterday with a warm latte and for a visit–for holding up the quilt.  Megan showed me several projects she was working on–and I’m now kicking myself that I did not take pictures.

I am now wondering what would happen if one made this quilt all in one color family–like blue, or red, or green…using dark and light strips…

Here’s where the quilt is going to live–to prevent the dogs from marring the couch AND for folks to use for warmth and comfort.



Here’s a close-up:


I got the backing on sale at Alewives quilt shop in Damariscotta Mills, Maine, and you can see that it works well in this room.



Here are a few close-ups:



I quilted with a spring green thread–which also worked well with the backing.  And, used the Acadia pantograph as I thought it’s swirls would work well with all these squares.

I actually think the 2 1/2-inch strips, which finish to 2-inch squares, work well in this quilt.  I think I’d prefer 2-inch strips for the log cabin though…

My eye just loves smaller bits of fabric I guess…

Turkey Tracks: Deborah’s Braided Rug

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Turkey Tracks:  January 28, 2015

Deborah’s Braided Rug

Friend Deborah Oliver has been trying out different methods to make rugs.

She thought of knitting one–and mixing fabric with heavy cotton yarn.  And then, friend Gail Nicholson said, “you know, I have this loom you might want to try.”

Gail was referring to the Appalachian type loom that I’ve shown here several times.  It’s a simple arrangement of four pieces of wood and nails that hold the background fiber.

So, here’s the rug Deborah made.

Mail Attachment


She has to tie off her ends in the middle yet.  But isn’t the aqua a perfect match with her walls?

And, now, she’s hooked on making rugs…

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January 28, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Turkey Tracks: It’s Arrived!

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Turkey Tracks:  January 27, 2015

It’s Arrived!

Some years back, I gave my Mike/Tami grands an amaryllis.

Talula was entranced with it–watching each day as it grew and the flower bud developed.

On the morning it bloomed, she woke everyone up with the announcement that “it’s arrived.”

* * *

So, this past Christmas season, I gave some amaryllis to several people I know who I thought would get a kick out of them.

A reminder:  I don’t “do” Christmas gifts, but try to connect with all the people in my life in some meaningful way over this season of dark delight.

One amaryllis went to Linda McKinney’s granddaughters, Addy and Willow.

Well, this week, “it arrived,” and Addy, who had been following it with much interest, was delighted.

Here’s the picture Linda sent to me this week.  She’s been telling me for some weeks not how interested Addie has been in this flower process.



I am so happy that I have, again, participated/facilitated in drawing a child into the magic and power of the plant world.

Margaret Rauenhorst and Ronald VanHeeswjik host a magical solstice night with a HUGE bonfire and special drinks every December.  So I tucked an amaryllis into a sack for them and left it on their kitchen table.

Here’s the pic Margaret sent me today:


What a cheerful, cheerful, lucious reminder that though a blizzard is coming, that spring will, once again, also come!

I like to give timely experiences…


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January 27, 2015 at 11:39 am

Turkey Tracks: Wild and Crazy Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  January 27, 2015

Wild and Crazy Quilt


I am now piecing Bonnie Hunter’s 2014 Mystery Quilt (started Black Friday after Thanksgiving and revealed just before New Year’s 2014).

This quilt is one wild and crazy thing!

Here’s what my blocks look like so far–they are not joined to one another yet–just pinned.  I am intrigued by the secondary pattern between the whirlagigs.  So interesting!



Here’s a close-up of one block.  Each block is sashed with the green/white/black outer border.  The cornerstone is the big aqua block.


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January 27, 2015 at 11:36 am

Turkey Tracks: Blizzard of 2015

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Turkey Tracks:  January 27, 2015

BLIZZARD of 2015

Yesterday I prepped for what was being projected as a blizzard.

Food for a few days INSIDE (not in the garage), chicken food bins filled, snow shoes and poles inside (in case I need to check the propane egress pipe outside or get to the chickens), snow shovel inside (the blizzard two years ago drifted up my back kitchen door), and so forth.

As always, my excitement rises at the prospect of a big snow storm–as long as I can count on being safe and warm–which the generator guarantees to a large degree.

I put the dogs out at 3 a.m.–not an unusual event.  No snow yet.

I woke again at dawn, and could see that the storm was just beginning here.

I got up at 7:45 or so, and we already had at least 18 inches on the ground.

Here’s the first pictures I took.  I use the top of the hot tub as a good gauge.






The wind is gusting pretty high, and the snow, which is pouring out of the sky, is very light and dry and blowing in huge swirls everywhere, so there are drifts.

The back door is beneath a place on the roof where the wind creates a chute that pours drifting snow into huge piles.  That’s what happened during the last blizzard, which started in the night so I couldn’t see what had happened.

I donned outside gear, pushed the door open, and started clearing a path to the chicken coop.  The snow was almost to my knees in places.

The chickens were so happy to see me.  I was able to open their door to the cage, give them fresh water and food, and turn on their light.  (It was 9 degrees outside, and with the high winds, much lower wind-chill temps.)

At 10:30, I went back outside to shovel, as my paths were already filling and the back door was drifting up again.  This time I shoveled a path on the front of the house so the dogs have a place OFF THE PORCH to pee.

Predictions are that the snow and wind will continue through the day and into the night.

I’ll go back out to the chickens late afternoon and replenish food and water and take them some treats.  I got three eggs this morning, including a blue egg from Ginger, who has not laid one in some time.


I am piecing the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt of 2014 (see separate post)–Grand Illusions and listening to an audio book–one of the James Lee Burke, David Robicheaux novels.

And later, with a meatloaf dinner (baked potato and sautéed Swiss Chard), I’ll work on the binding of my version of Bonnie Hunter’s “Scrappy Trip Around the World,” which I’m likely to call just “Scrappy Scraps.”