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01/29/11
Snow Tunnels
Filed under: General, Photography
Posted by: Mary @ 10:06 pm

We got another 14 inches of snow Wednesday night and we have so much snow now that we don’t know what to do with it all. At over 40 inches (101 cm) of snow we’ve broken the 100 year record for snowfall in January. Getting out of a driveway when you can’t see over the snow tunnel is hazardous at best, and I have to back out of mine. It certainly is an adventure venturing forth!

Walking down the sidewalk tunnels makes me feel like a little kid again as the snow is 4 to 5 feet high in some places. It is kind of fun when you get past the difficulty of maneuvering and the constant pain in your back, arms, and hands from all the shoveling. When it warms up above freezing the snow tunnels start caving in, so you have to keep shoveling to keep the path clear. This reminds me of the old New England story my father used to tell of how he used to walk uphill 5 miles in waist deep snow to get to school.

Creative posts will be coming soon. I did get out to a local scrapbooking event last night and had fun creating pages with my holiday photos, using a different approach to my pages for this new album. And I finished a long term project last weekend - a small crazy quilt memorabilia piece with photos of my children on fabric.


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01/22/11
Walk in the Snow
Filed under: General, Photography, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 8:21 pm

Went for a walk around town in the snow today. It was good to smell the cool, crisp air and feel the sun piercing through the cold winter day. We are all tired of the snow around here and there is more snow forecast for Wednesday. Not sure where we are going to put it all but it certainly has piled up in front of the police station right around the corner from me. And yes that is a squirrels nest there in the tree. I didn’t notice that when I took the picture, my chilled hands fumbling with the camera controls through my knit gloves. But I saw the nest when I offloaded the camera into my laptop.

It is easy to miss small things if you don’t look long and hard at what’s in front of you or are focused on something else. Walking always clears my head and brings me back to my center. A long row of icicles runs down the side of the library, my absolute favorite place in town. Books and friends - what more could you need? I am so happy here in my little town.


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01/13/11
Digging Out
Filed under: General, Photography, Inspiration, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 8:14 pm

I have been rearranging my space in an effort to make my creative supplies more accessible and easy to get to… a kind of digging out if you will. Things got hectic in December because I made a lot of Christmas gifts for family and friends: earrings, snap bags, an apron, and a pillow. In the process I realized that my art, craft, mixed media, scrapbooking, and quilting supplies were disorganized and so I have been enjoying going through everything and finding special things that had been forgotten. Beads, wire, fabric, yarn for doll hair, buttons, ribbons, papers, art journals, altered books, sea glass.

We’ve had a lot of snow since Christmas including a blizzard Tuesday night into Wednesday. My sister has some great snow photos to share on her blog - she lives about an hour from my house. I measured 24″ when I did the back walk and another inch fell later for a total of 25″. It was a lot of snow! I had major help digging out and am very grateful to live in a small town where people care and are there for you.

There is something about a long snowstorm that gives you pause to think and reflect. The hush that falls over the land brings a special kind of peace. There was almost no movement of vehicles and I only heard one siren during the storm. Usually I hear the ambulance all the time as I live not far from the bridge and that’s the only way to get over the river to the hospital.


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