Everyone’s Enjoying The Warm Weekend

January 21st, 2018

Minnie, as usual, had a lot to say when I kicked her and Flo out of the basement yesterday.

All the animals seemed calmer with the warm weather.  Minnie found her place in the barn and Flo was sitting in the sun on the front porch when we got back from Pompanuck yesterday afternoon to feed them all.

We’ve had a busy weekend, spending most of it with the kids from RISSE at Pompanuck.

Fate was at her best with the boys.  We left her there when we went shopping for lunch.  They were all still outside sledding, Fate chasing after them, when we got back and hour and  a half later.


Apple Tree Sculpture In The Snow

January 19th, 2018

My Apple Tree Sculpture is transformed by the snow.  I wonder if anyone is finding shelter under it.  With the snow it’s become a tent of sorts.

I like the addition of the one branch reaching up to the sky.  The donkeys and sheep have nibbled most of the bark from it, but they can’t reach the very top.

Out Of The Coop

January 19th, 2018


When I saw the white hen sticking her head out of the coop today, I threw down some bird seed and out she came.  The other hens poked out their heads, but stayed inside.

The white hen seemed to be looking out to the distance as if she was seeing something I couldn’t.  Maybe she was dreaming of the time when the grass is green and full of bugs to eat.




Yesterday’s Work

January 19th, 2018

Today was filled with working in my studio, getting supplies for the weekend at Pompanuck with the kids from RISSE and working at the Cambridge Co-op.  But yesterday I had a full day in my studio, working on some new potholders.

Ducks in the Flooded Pasture

January 18th, 2018

A couple of ducks usually come to our pond in the spring, but this is the first time I’ve seen them this time of year.  Our pasture flooded with the snow melt then froze again the next day.  Since then, a pond has opened up and yesterday a flock of ducks found it.

Ed Gulley’s Sculpture’s Dressed In Snow

January 18th, 2018

Ed Gulley’s Windchime

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of Ed Gulley’s “Mr Blockhead” in the snow.  We have a few of Ed’s sculptures in our yard and they look different as the seasons and their surroundings change.

Today Ed’s Windchime and Turtle were dressed in snow.

Ed Gulley’s Turtle

Freedom Birds

January 17th, 2018

Freedom Bird Potholders

Yesterday I designed my “Freedom Bird” Potholders.  I even made a video in the morning that I posted on Instagram.

But I didn’t get a chance to put it all up on my blog, so here it is now.

I loved making my “Freedom Birds”, as you might imagine, it felt really good.  And as always, they are each a unique creation, no two freedom birds are alike.

They still need to be assembled, but I should have them all done by the beginning of next week.  They are $25 each + $5 shipping.  If you see one you like, just let me know.  You can email here at [email protected].

And here’s the video I made about them yesterday….

Jon, Commissar of Ice and Snow

January 17th, 2018

Jon “Commissar of Ice and Snow”, the Tin Man and Fate

A few days ago, as Jon pounded the hood of his car, breaking the ice off of it, he declared himself the Commissar of Ice and  Snow. 

When it comes to  snow and ice, which there has been a lot of so far this winter, he’s on top of it.  Whether he’s using the ice chopper on the walkways, spreading animal-safe ice melt,  scraping the snow and ice off our cars or breaking icicles off the roof.

Commissar is one of those words that I had never heard before Jon declared himself one.   This happens sometimes with me and Jon.  He’ll come up with a word or saying I’ve never, in my 54 years of life, heard before.

Sometimes, like with Commissar, I can figure out its meaning because of the context  he uses it in (although I did look it up and learned that it was,specifically,  the head of a government department in the Soviet Union prior to 1946).

Jon usually likes to attribute, my not knowing a word or a saying he uses, to his being, and I quote ” a life time older and wiser” than me.

It’s true that Jon is 17 years older than me, but when it comes to the words, I tend to think my not knowing them  comes more from our different interests (like with the word Commissar).   I can remember a time or two (like when we’re in an art museum)  when Jon asked me what certain words meant that I used.

When it comes to sayings (“salad days” was one)  well, that may have more to do with when and where we were born.  But, in my opinion,  it has little to do with wisdom.

Anyway, I think Jon  makes an excellent Commissar of Ice and Snow. 

He’s serious and dedicated, almost to the point of obsession, to ridding the farm of ice and keeping up on the snow. Including knowing when it’s going to snow, how much and figuring out the  details like where to park the cars so Vince our plow guy can do the best and most efficient job.    Not an easy thing to do, considering all the melting, freezing and snowing  that’s been going on.

And he’s been successful at it.  (Something I think  would be very important to someone in a government position in Stalinist Russia.)

Actually, if I knew of the word “Commissar” before Jon declared himself one, I would have given Jon the title of  Commissar of Ice and Snow  myself.

He certainly deserves it.

(You can read Jon’s version of the Commissar of Ice and Snow here).

Thirty Second Meditation, Winter Stream

January 17th, 2018

Melting the Snow Smooth

January 16th, 2018

At first I didn’t know what these marks in the snow were.  But then I saw one when Biddy, who was laying in the snow getting some sun, got up.

The big circles at the top of the shape are the sheep’s knees and the smaller shapes below them, their hooves. (they’re legs bent under their body)

The warmth from the sheep’s bodies melted the snow smooth.