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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.”

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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.

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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:

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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

Wow!

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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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