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These cold, dark, snowy days have me seeking out color. I have been finding myself attracted to anything that is bright, warm, and colorful. The snowy landscapes are beautiful to look at, yes, but I seem to be suffering from some serious gardening withdrawals. I am missing the bright yellows, oranges, reds,
and purples in the garden that are so bright you cannot help but take notice.
In the spirit of the new year, and all things colorful, I decided to give my blog a face lift. I wanted something that is both colorful and expressive of my personality. This new look seems to fulfill both of those desires. : )
Last weekend was beautiful, and we took advantage of it by going for a short hike. The sun was out for part of the day, which made the snow sparkle and shine. I came across some running water that had been trapped in time...
We soon realized that the crunching beneath our feet was a bed of icicles hiding beneath a thin layer of snow...
These berries are still holding on...
I am happy to be snuggled in, with a warm pair of slippers and a hot cup of tea... enjoying a couple new gardening books as well as a couple of my favorites. In addition, the insane amount of seed and plant catalogs that I keep finding in my mailbox should keep me occupied through these next few months... so far my favorite is the catalog from Plant Delights.
Santa (a.k.a. The World's Sweetest Fiance) was good to me this year and brought me my first pair of Felco pruners. I have been drooling over these for awhile now. Unfortunately, I won't be able to test out their world famous, smooth, tight action, or awesome cutting power and precision just yet. Well, I suppose I could whittle some marshmallow-roasting sticks. But, I think I can contain myself until spring. I love that they will last forever with a little bit of care. You can order replacement parts should you ever need them, they are easy to repair, and they can be sharpened without taking them apart. Just in case you would like to check them out for yourself, here is the website: http://www.felcostore.com/index.jsp
We are plant-sitting an AeroGarden for Blake's sister, Ren. I had heard about these before, but had never seen one, and certainly never bothered to research them. Ren had visited a store which was going out of business and had them for sale at half price. I would be highly tempted if I were to find such a deal. They are not cheap. This indoor garden is extremely easy to use, and you can grow anything from herbs and flowers to tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce greens. The AeroGarden is computerized, and tells you when to add water or nutrients, and it automatically turns the light on/off. How much simpler could it possibly be? It also gets bonus points for looking really cute sitting on top of my counter.
I found this giant toadstool in the woods behind our house. It looks like a good place to rest... (if you were a toad). This is the last of my fall-like photos. Winter is definitely upon us here in Vermont. We got our first snowstorm yesterday - the end of the storm that even made its way to Louisiana. I'd say we got about 8" of snow at our place. After work yesterday I was really looking forward to coming home and taking the dog for a walk. She goes nuts in the snow... she jumps into snowbanks, bounces around, and sticks her whole head in the snow if she smells something curious. It is really quite amusing to watch her having so much fun.
This is my last weekend of class. Yipeeeeeee!! This past semester I was taking Anatomy and Physiology II and English Composition. It was an enjoyable semester, although very time consuming, as you can see with my lack of posts for the past month or so. I will be taking my last test tomorrow. It is always a little strange for the first week or so after classes end. I find myself with all of this time on my hands and not really quite sure what to do about it. But, I am looking forward to doing the things that I have been missing. This winter I would like to do some knitting, and I would really like to learn to quilt. The quilting will include learning to sew, because I am pretty much clueless when it comes to operating a sewing machine. I could probably find the "on" button, but that's about it. In addition, my pastels are collecting dust in the spare bedroom. Oh yeah, and I have been itching to go spend an entire day wandering around Barnes and Noble reading books and sipping a fancy coffee...
by Robert Frost
Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.
But a crop is a crop,
And who's to say where
The harvest shall stop?