Early March Snow is Fun for Everybody

March 5th, 2008

After an amazingly warm weekend, we were hit by 5+ inches of snow. Made for an interesting day, especially watching the animals.

Many birds hung around the feeders through the storm, especially the litttle Juncos.

Juncos at the feeder during snowfall

The snowfall covered the barn quickly.

Country barn after snowfall

A flock of Robins perched around the trees, looking out of place with the ground covered in snow.

Robin perched in tree during snowstorm

And I learned something new about Robins. Several of them flew in and out of this Juniper tree eating the juniper berries. Who knew?

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Fixing Stuff and Heading Outside

March 2nd, 2008

One of the neat things about sharing thoughts and pictures with a blog is the ability to reach so many people. The internet still amazes me, and through writing on a blog we can appeal to a diverse array of people from all walks of life and all over the world.  Sometimes we find a blog accidentally while searching for something else.  But most people who visit a blog or website do so quietly, preferring the anonymity of the web.   In blog jargon, people who visit a site but don’t comment much are called “lurkers.”  I read somewhere that more than 80% of a sites visitors usually just browse the site without commenting.

I must admit that I’m a lurker on most of the sites I visit!  Usually I just don’t think I have much to share or contribute.  When I do make a comment however, I find that the host really appreciates it.  Sometimes I’ll “subscribe to a feed” or RSS link in my newsreader, and receive updates on daily posts. 

Kuma of Fox Haven

But for other sites I’ll sign up directly for an email subscription so that whenever a blog post is made, I’ll get that email on the same day even if I have not visited the site in a while.   I find it easier because I don’t always remember to visit different sites, and frankly I just don’t have the time.

One of the companies that has simplified blog feeds and email subscriptions is FeedBurner.  The company grew so quickly and was so effective that Google bought them last year!  But FeedBurner is not perfect as I found out yesterday.  I’ve had a “Subscribe vie Email” page and link on the site for some time, and when I went to help someone sign up yesterday I found it wasn’t working. Arrggh!  It seems that if FeedBurner makes some tweaks to their system without notifying users it results in a broken sign-up process. 

So that link is now fixed… if you’ve tried to sign up in the past and didn’t succeed, I offer my apologies.  And if you haven’t tried to sign up in the past, well then I hope you’ll consider it now! :)   


I certainly understand if you enjoy reading quietly from afar.  But if you ever think about commenting on a post or topic, please feel welcome to do so.  Soon it will be time for the garden, and I hope some of you can share your growing insights! 

After fixing the links on this site, it’s time to head outside.  It’s supposed to warm up to 73 degrees today before turning colder again this week.  But the cold won’t last for long!  I hear the birds singing… Best regards-

Things Undone

March 1st, 2008

It was warm today!  The ice on the pond slowly melted, giving way to dappled sunlight.  All of a sudden I felt an urgency to do so many things that I’ve not yet finished.  Spring is coming… more to do!

Pond ice fades under warming sun

Sunlight and Wistful Thinking

February 15th, 2008

Somehow today I felt a twinkling of spring in the air. I don’t know why… the temperature was in the high 20’s, although sunny. Over the past week we’ve had some very warm days, and very cold ones. Maybe it’s the light? Animals and plants have an innate biological clock that marches to the rhythm of sunlight. I found myself in the barn this morning looking over the machinery. All the engines and moving parts need to be cleaned and lubricated. Some of them will need to be de-winterized and I need to clean up a bunch of stuff that I’ve put off for some time. I also find myself looking wistfully at the garden! Hard to believe, but it’s just about time for planting seeds indoors to get a nice start in spring.

Are the days moving faster or is it just me? Seems like there’s always so much to do. So with that in mind, here’s a picture celebrating the lengthening daylight. I took this a few days ago as we played outside on a beautiful, sunny and warm day. It was one of those afternoons where the clouds drift lazily across the sky and you just want to curl up and soak it in. Think we’re ready for a few more days like that… :)

Sunny day in late winter in Missouri

Moon Among the Leaves

October 5th, 2007

     Another warm fall day coming up!  We’ve hit 90 degrees this week which makes it nearly record highs for temperatures in the area.  I’m hoping we’ll still have many cooler days to enjoy without jumping straight into winter.   Seems like the pace of “things to do” is increasing, but that’s probably just my perception right now.

Maybe it’s a sign of the times as well, but it seems like there is hardly enough time to do what we want to do while focusing on what needs to be done.  Does that make any sense?  Sometimes I wonder how we get anything accomplished at all!   But while going to and fro, I try to take a few pictures and remember the little joys of each day.  I don’t always succeed by a large measure, but there’s usually something (or someone!) to remind me.

Autumn moon through the oak tree leaves

Yesterday I was walking under the canopy of oak trees and found the crescent moon between the leaves.  The leaves are still wonderfully green, but that will become “wonderfully colorful” in the weeks ahead.  It’s interesting though- when I see the moon in the sky above the trees, I can’t help but feel as a very small, integral part of the whole of planet earth.   It makes me wonder about so many things… those who have come before, and those who will be looking at the same moon long after we are gone.  Somehow that helps me appreciate each day a little more.

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