Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring is in the air




For all the crabbing I've done about the snow and dark skies this winter, I have to tell you that the snows this week left us with an absolutely gorgeous day today. We went to town to have lunch, and I was busily snapping photos like a person starved for snow and blue sky. I wanted to share a little piece of this day with you.

Something in the air has changed, as well. Maybe it's all in my head...maybe it's real. I've had potential tenants surveying the birdhouse in the carport this past week (Mountain Chickadees, I believe), and Hairy the woodpecker has been happily beating the daylights out of the vigas in the same carport...leaving his sawdust below. The robins seem to have moved on, after being here most of the winter, but I've seen a fair number of blue jays this week. Not the Stellar jays, but what I call the scrub jays. I love them both.

At lunch today, conversation turned to my winter doldrums. Mr. Sunflower suggested that perhaps this has a wee bit to do with my getting ready to turn another decade on my personal odometer...or is it ageometer...and I will admit, it has been heavy on my mind. Common sense tells me I'm fortunate to have good health and even be alive, but for some reason, this coming birthday is a real smack in the head for me.

Whatever happened to not trusting anyone over thirty? Ooopsss....

12 comments:

RuthieJ said...

Isn't it amazing how much difference the sun makes? We haven't seen it for several days, but looking forward to sun and above normal highs in the 50's predicted for early next week.

Taos Sunflower said...

Ruthie: Yes, it makes all the difference in the world. Today is another gorgeous day, but more snow coming Sunday and Monday. I hear lots of birds in the yard today...can't tell you what kind...but it's very uplifting.

swamericana said...

I wish you a happy birthday. And the smack in the head, please don't. Spring is almost here by the calendar and by walking outside you will be able to see and feel it. I don't like birthdays except for young children and maybe turning the age to drive a car. I laughed at Hairy the woodpecker putting sawdust on the floor from the viga. Now, that's Taos!

swamericana said...

Oh, really, really beautiful photos! -Jack

Taos Sunflower said...

Jack: My family did little about birthdays or holidays when I grew up, so I don't generally pay much attention. As you said, those events are great for children, so see their joy and wonder.

Yes, there's something about Hairy. He's quite the bon vivant. He's been around the feeders and pounding the ponderosas this winter and we find him quite entertaining. Oh...thanks for explaining about your banner photo. I'm not familiar with Wordpress, sounds like a great tool they've provided.

Sea Mist and Sunsets said...

Yeah, snow photos of some of my favorite spots. Lovely. How did you ever catch the church without catching those low hanging power/phone lines? Nice work! And Congrats on the coming BDay. Next month is a decade switch for me too. Grateful I made it this far, no celebration necessary here either. Love it when the birds return.

Taos Sunflower said...

Chris: Hi! I took those with my iPhone and somehow managed to miss the wires...since I can't see what the heck I'm taking a photograph of when I'm hoisting the phone up in the air, it's a testimony to the quality of my phone, I fear, not moi. We're the same age...yay for us. I truly feel the same way...have many loved ones who didn't make it to this time in life. XXX

Shammickite said...

I was browsing through your blog and would like to ask you... what kind of fabric do you use as a backing for your rug hooking? And I see you are using wool fabric, or I think it is.... have you ever used cotton/polyester teeshirts cut into strips for rug hooking?

Taos Sunflower said...

Hi Shammickite: I like to hook on linen. I have hooked on burlap but find it irritating to my skin. I am using wool strips, but yes, you can most certainly use anything...I think using T shirts is quite common, actually. It's not going to go in a washer, so as long as it's sturdy enough, if you plan to walk on it. If it's for a wall hanging...then all bets are off...use whatever you like! Thanks for stopping by! Martie

swamericana said...

Hello, Martie. I was just dropping by for a relaxing review of your photos and writing. Sure do like your three photos. --Jack

Taos Sunflower said...

Hi there: I've been a bit quiet. Good news here: saw my first bunny yesterday, and our storm last night left us with barely a dusting. Life is good!

Dee said...

Incredible snow photos. A belated Happy Birthday to you. Spring is in the air here as well.