Sunday, February 28, 2010

It's March -Wind Chime Time

With March comes March Winds. The sounds of chimes blowing in the wind. I love my Chimes, have several different ones in my yard.
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This one I got From my Sister-n-law many years ago.
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While at Virginia Beach I purchased this one.
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I have had this one for a long time, can't remember where is got it. It's old and rusty but, stills makes a sound.
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A few years ago this butterfly came in the mail. Still flies in the wind.
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Now play them all at once starting with the longest to the shortest playing time. You will hear what I hear in the March winds.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Roses.

New roses. Hubby had been giving me rose since valentine's day. I have them all over the house. Feel like those movie scenes,

Roses in the Dinning Room

In the Kitchen, on the table.

on Kitchen sink

In the Solarium
What do I do with the spent pedals?.....
Dry them in a basket.

I now see roses when working in the kitchen, coming into the house through the Dinning room and working at the computer. What a joy. By drying them I have a smell for a long time.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ruby Tuesday- Sign of Spring

See more rubies at Work of the Poet

I was doing laundry.

Looked out the window, birds everywhere....
this one seems to be saying
"I'm ready for Spring"

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ruby Tuesday- Valentine Rubies

these are rubies I received from my Hubby on that Ruby Day. See more rubies at Work of the Poet

Monday, February 15, 2010

Curling at the Olympics

Curling is an outdoor winter activity. It has been around since the 16th century,it is believed. There seems to be a curling stone with the date 1511 on it. Believe to be introduced in Scotland. Kilsyth Curling Club being the first established in 1716 and to this day still exist.

This photo showing the men playing in Ontario in 1909.

In the United States the first Curling club was founded in 1830. Just 30 miles outside Detroit named Orchard Lake Curling Club.
Curling was introduced officially to the Olympics in 1998. I remember watching it and really liking the sport. Like in most sports there were special shoes

curling Poles used in sweeping the ice, guiding the rock

Old curling stones.

Over the years the stones have become better in color.

How the game is played. It is somewhat like shuffleboard played on ice. There are teams of about 8 to 10. Some members sweep the ice to help the rocks speed and steer the rock. After a player pushes the rock with their hand. You can not cross the Hog line. A line somewhat like a foul line in Blowing. The rock then lands on a circle where there is a bulls eye. Looks like a dart board. the scoring is similar to Horse shoes, exept the closes rock to the Button (bulls eye) gets the point.

As you can see here the team work together.

I love watching this game it will be played on Tuesday February 16th through the 27th 2010. The Men's teams start at 0900 and then again at 1900 hrs. Women curling start at 1400 hrs , then on the 17th of Feb. at 0900. You can view the schedule Here

Photos from Wikipedia, and the official Olympic site

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snowbound Brushes.

The Japanese Maple



With the two blizzards our bushes are buried. Today is a good day to dig them out. If you have evergreens, azalea or small trees, they need to be dug out the cleared down to the ground. The weight of the snow and the ice that forms under them can cause root and limb damage. It's like siting your indoor plant in water for weeks, the rot will set in. If you would to set a paperweight on the top the limbs would crack and break. More important in the spring the insects will set up home in the cracks. Then after the thaw the bushes could be lost. I have several expensive trees and bushes that need to be dug out. So now the digging begins. My rose brushes, lilacs and Japanese maple are the first to be dug out. with the 80+ inches of snow and about 30+ that has buried the bushes I will be busy for about two weeks working every day. So let the fun begin, now where will I put all that snow?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Blizzard Number 2 -In the Same week!

Can you believe it, Two blizzard in one week! Yes that is what we were hit with. The first one dropped 38.3 inches of snow. The second one give us 17 inches more with snow drifts of 6 foot.

This is in the morning at 9:00 when it was blowing.

this is one hour later,10:00...
the Adirondack chair is completely buried..
Only the back shows because it is next to the house.

Now a video of the Blizzard, Taken in the front yard because I can walk out there! Our backyard is under the 50+Inches of snow, compacted it is about three feet deep and I can't get around. I will try today to get out the back doors. That will be a huge job to undertake, and where do I put all that snow? We have another storm coming next week so I need to get out and start digging us out. This video was taken at about 10:30am,we still had 11 more hours of snow fall and blizzard conditions. Today we are suppose to have some gale force winds. Although it is pretty calm right now at 8am.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

RubyTuesday-Blizzard 2010

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Well that blizzard hit us on Friday into Saturday. It lasted about 26 hours,when it was done we had the most snowfall in all of Maryland. The Official number was 38.3 inches! Can you believe it, we even had thunder snow in our town. The lightening and thunder carried on for 30 minutes.

This is the start of the Great blizzard of 2010, started about 3 pm.

Saturday by noon- still snowing

Saturday at 5 pm starting to see the ended.
Still blowing and some snow still falling

the next day, Sunday...
Our front yard.
Our ruby car is buried in the driveway.
It will be the hidden ruby in this photo.

Houses liked those in a gingerbread village.
the little red fence peeking through.

We are expected 12 to 24 inches today into Wednesday, where will we put the snow? Forget school our county can't even get around. Some street communities are digging themselves out of their street. I told hubby I am going to dig around the clock through this next storm. He said we can take shifts. We really do not want to dig out two feet of snow. The over three feet was enough. Oh this is some winter, Oh yes, I wanted to go to Alaska but Nature brought it to me.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Our Heat is On..Snow is Coming

More snow coming our way. This weekend we are expecting 12 or greater inches. Hubby and I went out to get Pellets for the stove. We used different brands for the first part of the season. We found the need to clean out the stove greater as well as, the burn rate was faster. We tried to save money buying them. We are back to our preferred brand."Lignetics" a much better burn rate and less work for the clean out. They are a true 30 hour burn rate on the medium setting. We use a thermostat so tend to get longer burning times.
We purchased our stove in 2006. we were heating the solarium with an oil base electric heater. It ran the utilities high, cast as much as heating the house with the heatpump. We decided we needed another heat source. One that would be contained and at the same time environmentally friendly. Ours is by Lennox ,now Whitfield, style is Traditions, and a free standing stove. Now that I have learn more about these stove, I would pick another type. I like the pellet stoves, however there are some that allow you to clean the grate with out opening the door. After of the drama with the other pellets, many times I wished I had that type. Of course the style and color of our I love, have not seen any since.
Using the Pellet stove has helped with the heating of the house. This stove can put out some heat.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Beautiful Sight.....

This morning when I awoke I saw the most Beautiful scene.
Thanks to the cameras I can hold onto them.
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My backyard view...

Sitting at my computer.

A closer view of the trees....
Love the blue sky against them

This is our Dogwood tree...

It has only been 3 hours and the trees have already lost their snow coverings. The sky is not as blue. Clouds have rolled in and the snow is falling off the trees. As once was said "The early bird catches the worm". In this case "The early riser caught Natures Beauty!"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It's Feburary 2, 2010

It's Groundhog Day... Well did Our Phil see his shadow? I heard he is computer savvy now and talking about texting. What is happening to our Groundhog?

I found this cartoon, Loved it so I posted it for you.
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