Sunday, February 28, 2016

Loose Tulips - Spring on the Way

Journal - Loose Tulips --- Heading for a warm up today --- and already I've spotted bud break on the maples, plum trees in bloom in Raleigh, and tulips in the shops ... Though we'll see have some cold temps, spring is making headway ...

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Moon After the Storm

Grateful to have had little damage after our storms yesterday. There was a tornado that touched down 10 miles from my property destroying 7 homes .... fortunately no major injuries ...

This is a shot of the moon after most of the rain and hail had passed.

Saturday, February 20, 2016


Temps rising again for a couple of days, then a reminder that winter is NOT over as temps fall during the week. We've really had a roller coaster ride this winter.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Valentine Orchids

We've gone from temperatures in the teens, snow, ice, sleet to temps in the 60s and tons of rain -- 4 seasons in 24 hours -- whew!

My Valentine orchids ...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Frozen Creek

Journal -- Temps have dipped to the lowest of the year -- we're struggling to reach the freezing mark -- BRRRR ... Frozen everything .... No snow yet --- flurries in the forecast ...

Monday, February 08, 2016


Journal - Another blast of cold this week ... and the comfort of hearty warm foods, bulky sweaters, knee socks, gloves and scarves ....

Friday, February 05, 2016

Blue Bird

Journal - Bluebird - trying to branch out of my comfort zone. These wonderful birds nest here year round ... They were enjoying surprisingly warm weather this week, and now the temps are dipping into the 20s ... How do they do it?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Journal - The days have been unseasonably warm lately, teasing us with a taste of spring before winter returns to remind us that her time with us is not yet over.

Monday, February 01, 2016


From my journal last week: Early morning - light just touching the edges of dark highlighting the bits of snow remaining under the trees. Rain coming and soon our soft white coverlet will turn to dark mud and disappear. I so loved seeing it all around - softening the edges of fields and rocks and highlighting the leftover bits of gardens and hayfields, lining the trees and adding a marvelous glow to a moon-struck earth.

I sketch the peace of the moment - with olives ..