Snippets: Nearly Spring Edition

☆ February 21, 2017

morning moon

The moon the other morning….


All the snow melted last week. It went from knee-deep snow to ankle-deep mud in three days. I got legit depressed, like the way you feel when a visiting friend leaves and you know you won’t see each other again for nearly a year. Not that we won’t get more snow – we surely will – but deep winter is officially over, and I really, really love deep winter, loved it even more than usual this year. Dusk at 4pm and candles lit by 6pm; the quiet (unlike all other forms of quiet) of walking in the snow while it’s snowing; chopping ice from the water tanks with the big ax; the glitter, everywhere, on sunny days…..

Spring sure knows how to flirt, though. When it comes to seasons, if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with. The last few days, I’ve woke to birds singing, and yesterday a friend and I lounged in the sunshine while brainstorming a new project. I cannot say these things are not delectable.


Ivan update: he is the only cat I’ve known who runs TOWARD the vacuum and tries to play with it.


From the department of long time coming, I have created a Charlie Fan Art page, an ever-expanding showcase of *your* pictures of Charlie. I put the first batch of art up this weekend. Check it out HERE! And send me your work!



32 Responses to “Snippets: Nearly Spring Edition”

  1. Eni
    February 21st, 2017 @ 8:45 am

    Oh my, I love the kids’ art!

  2. Marg
    February 21st, 2017 @ 8:51 am

    Love love love the art site. I won’t be sending my version lol, I’m a frustrated artist that can’t get what is in my head down my arm to the paper. I like the snow scenes you described but honestly can’t wait for spring so I can walk safely without the ice.

  3. Elaine
    February 21st, 2017 @ 9:22 am

    LOVE the art site!!! Several of those people need to enter contests or making greeting cards or something, they are amazing artists!!!!!

  4. Janice atkinson
    February 21st, 2017 @ 9:40 am

    The moon photo is beautiful. And I understand what you mean by deep winter. In the Northern Shenandoah Valley this year—we only had about one and one half inch of snow. I feel as if I have missed something.

  5. Steph in Oregon
    February 21st, 2017 @ 9:48 am

    These beautiful pieces of art make my heart happy. I’d like to thank the talented artists, and thank you for sharing them.

  6. Chris
    February 21st, 2017 @ 10:05 am

    Your photo of the moon at sunrise is a stunner! That should be the photo for February on a calendar!

  7. Patr
    February 21st, 2017 @ 10:20 am

    Any more pig sightings?

    Love the art – love Charlie!

  8. bonnie
    February 21st, 2017 @ 11:38 am

    i know what you mean about deep winter — i love it too. it’s the only time when hibernation is deemed legit rather than anti-social.

  9. Karen
    February 21st, 2017 @ 11:38 am

    A coyote with his own fan art page…. perfect. Beautiful capture of your Wyoming sky; perhaps one of the reasons you decided to move there after only passing through. There is nothing as wonderful as happy birsong!

  10. Karen
    February 21st, 2017 @ 11:39 am


  11. bonnie
    February 21st, 2017 @ 11:44 am

    the art work is wonderful! thanks for sharing.

  12. Bev
    February 21st, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

    I love the art page. Some great art work from artists and aspiring young artists. Beautiful moon photo also.

  13. Vee
    February 21st, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

    Do you use your cell phone to take such photos?? Or are you a camera photo taking only person? :)

  14. shreve
    February 21st, 2017 @ 5:18 pm

    V ~ I use both! This was with my real camera :)

  15. Marya Figueroa
    February 21st, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

    Yea for the Charlie art!!!!

  16. Theresa Szpila
    February 21st, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

    I love the art! Lots of talent!!!

    I understand how you feel about winter, but I was never a big fan and the older I get, the more I look forward to spring. (I’m terrified of falling on the ice.) But since you love deep winter, I’m wishing you more snow!

    Hugs (and snowflakes),

  17. rockrat
    February 21st, 2017 @ 11:41 pm

    Thanks for posting such pure expressions of appreciation.

  18. mlaiuppa
    February 22nd, 2017 @ 5:41 am

    Will there be a Farmily art page eventually?

    Next week my watercolor class will be doing mammals and I’m going to try to do Daisy.

    I already sent you the painting of Snake and his owie.

    It will be a few years before I’ll try Charlie. Fur is hard.

  19. Helen
    February 22nd, 2017 @ 7:49 am

    I so connected with your comments about the season changing. For me it’s kinda like a transition from one friend to another. Sigh.
    And thanks for the “Charlie” art – love, love it!!

  20. Karen
    February 22nd, 2017 @ 8:57 am

    Winter is my favorite, too! I grew up in Buffalo, where I spent my winters making tunnels in the front yard, full of secret nooks. I think that is where I learned to love the smell of snow, tucked away snug under the pristine white blanket.

    Now that I’m in Cincinnati, where we’re lucky to have the grass completely covered once per year for even a full day, I feel the lack of a real winter keenly. I compensate with making the indoors as cozy as I can, but it’s not the same as my secret nooks in the snow.

  21. Jane
    February 22nd, 2017 @ 5:04 pm

    Wow I love the art page!!! Also the photo with the moon and landscape is sooo very nice.

  22. torre
    February 22nd, 2017 @ 6:53 pm

    wow love the fan art!!!

  23. MJO
    February 23rd, 2017 @ 6:48 am

    One of my moments of pure bliss is waking under the full moon when it is lightly snowing. My world becomes a walking meditation .
    Thanks for sharing the art.

  24. Sally
    February 23rd, 2017 @ 10:23 am

    My brother had a cat that loved to be vacuumed with the attachment. He would not let you finish until he got his turn!

  25. Kay Bryan
    February 23rd, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

    The Charlie inspired art work page is wonderful! Isn’t it great to see how many people that you and Charlie and Eli and all of your animal friends inspired?

    Be well, and enjoy the spring!

  26. Emily
    February 24th, 2017 @ 6:52 am

    I love your art page!! And that is hilarious that Ivan runs toward the vacuum to play with it!! He sounds like a character! :) Hope you have a wonderful day!

  27. Jamie Lyn Weaver
    February 25th, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

    Love the art page, keep those photos coming.

  28. Deborah
    February 27th, 2017 @ 12:37 am

    Love that picture!

    When I live in CO we had an early thaw (not the ski areas & high altitudes) and the mud was awful, the snowmelt was amazing. The thaw/freeze cycles were nuts. I feel you. And epic, record rain in NorCal has been an incredible season of abundance.

  29. leah in indiana
    February 27th, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

    We never hit our deep winter stride here in northern Indiana this year, our winters have been trending this direction for several years. I miss my winter! Also, finding ticks on the dogs in February adds to the disconcerting feeling of a lost winter.

  30. taffy
    February 27th, 2017 @ 5:58 pm

    The Charlie art is so wonderful! I hope you have more to add to it!
    The moon with shrinking snow and amazing lighting is so wonderful too! I also love the hush when it snows, when it sparkles in moonlight and shimmers in the buckets of ice that need breaking. People with outside animals know these things well if living in areas where snow takes over for awhile!

  31. Sandy G.
    February 28th, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

    Those are great to see! Thanks.
    I don’t remember seeing photos or stories about Ivan, the new cat. I would like to!! ;-)

  32. Marci Green
    March 7th, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

    The Charlie art is great, love looking at the pictures of hard work by all!

    Do you have pictures of Ivan posted anywhere and was he the only new cat??

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