Under the weather 365

The tools of the day

The tools of the day

The saying “under the weather” really fits how I’ve been feeling the last couple of days. I have been getting better, but just can’t seem to come out from under the clouds. The weather outside is matching how I feel, dark and dreary. Oh well. I’m sure that soon I will be as good as a nice sunny day. -Sandy

The dark skys did lift a little and I took this picture of some mini dafs too impatient to wait for spring

The dark skys did lift for a few minutes and I was able to get this picture of some mini dafs that are too impatient to wait for spring

 

A valentine for you 365

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I know. It’s scary, but its all I’ve got today. Valentine’s day here is being spent on the couch with handkerchiefs in hand. No, not a sappy romance movie on tv, but drippy noses due to the wintertime cold that has hit both of us hard. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. -Sandy

Another sign 365

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Another sign that spring is on it’s way that takes me back to my childhood. Us kids rushed to pick a bunch of pussy willows for mom as soon as we saw the first buds.

I love the rainy night 365

a little competition

a little competition

As much as I enjoyed the nice weather we had and the ability to work outside, I love the rain that comes after even more. I know, crazy, right? But the truth is I am not ready for all the responsibilities that come with the nice weather.  More weeding. Mowing. Planting the garden. Today I caught up with the housework and other inside chores and then the mister and I sat down for a game of cribbage. I forgot all the rules so he had to explain them to me again and then I proceeded to win. BIG! Like I say, I love the rainy night! -Sandy

A little color on a gray day 365

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Look what I found peeking out on the bottom of my camellia bush! A bit of color to brighten my day. -Sandy

Frogs and Stars 365

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The last couple days have been warm and dry so I’ve spent my days weeding and pruning. Evenings I have sat out on my deck enjoying the stars and listening to the songs of the frogs. It seems like all of a sudden spring is on the way.  What a nice break from the winter blues. I wish I could take a picture of the stars, but no picture would do it justice. I thought of recording the sound of the frogs, but I don’t think it would come across as loud as it seems here in my back yard. All I have is a picture of a rusty star hanging on my deck and my musical frog playing his songs by my pond. I think I will put these pictures where I can see them during the rainy days that are sure to come so they can remind me that spring is almost here. -Sandy

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The Perdue alpacas enjoying the sunset

The Perdue alpacas enjoying the sunset. Are they waiting for the stars and listening to frogs also?

A crafty time 365

 

valentines galore

valentines galore

We had a great time with friends the other night. An excellent dinner with fruit, nuts and cheese for dessert. After dinner they got out a bunch of crafty stuff and we proceeded to make valentines. It was so fun to let our creativity flow. No wrong or right here, just cut, glitter and add ribbons as we pleased.

Sister crafting away. Notice the gin and tonic.

Sister crafting away. Notice the gin and tonic.

This is a picture of sister being crafty. Note it is just her hands and her camera. That is all I am allowed to take a picture of. In fact she just called and informed me of this fact. Threatened me actually. Sisters can do that. -Sandy

Silo in Satsop 365

McComb Silo

McComb Silo

Yet another silo. This is one I pass every time I turn off the freeway into Satsop. I did not notice it for years. It has no roof and is surrounded by lots of metal junk. What I call junk anyway. Old car parts, rusty containers and tractor parts. Man junk. I know, I am a snob. If it were surrounded by old wroght iron fences, spinning wheels and various garden stuff, I would think it was quaint! Poor silo. It looks like no one has loved it for years.  Oh well. It is loved now by me and I will keep it’s picture with all the others I collect, despite it’s junk and lack of roof. -Sandy

A Good Day 365

Great Granddaughter

Great Granddaughter

Ok. Back to regular life! I took my daughter and  her granddaughter to the store today, so got to take a few pictures. I also checked the nest box and lo and behold the chickens have started laying again.

first eggs of the season!

first eggs of the season!

Happy dance! -Sandy

Step away 365

unfinished or "shabby chic" blocks

unfinished or “shabby chic” blocks

I need to step away from these blocks. They have taken up so much of my mind for the last couple of weeks that I had to use them as “art”. I really liked the lines and shadows of them before they were painted, but I also had to get a shot of the finished ones.

Here they stand, looking so formal

Here they stand, looking so formal

Painted they look so formal standing there, which is really good since they will be part of a very formal affair. I felt like I should make them little bow ties!  I know. Step away from the blocks.  Okay. How about cows? That’s about as far away from blocks as you can get. -Sandy

Very nice neighbors to have

Very nice neighbors to have