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bird ceiling by Lauren Geremia

2014 is marching onward. Here I am in February watching the light change and finding myself cleaning the house with spring on my mind and snow whirling outside the windows. My daughter turned 12. We are on the verge or acquiring a horse that needs a home. Life is changing and I’m barely catching up.

The sky cracked and sparkled this morning. The thermometer said zero (fahrenheit). The sky was the color of raw silk. A fresh foot of snow capped the barn, the chicken house, and the cars.

Stepping outside I braced for the chill, and instead felt a balm I didn’t expect. Not a trace of wind. Only a soothing touch in the air that promised that spring is coming—even though it’s still a long way off at the 35th latitude (8 weeks, I’d wager).

And so.

Birds—wings frantically beating—caught my fancy this morning, thanks to Desire to Inspire. This design is the work of Bay area designer, Lauren Geremia. Thanks Lauren for capturing my mood on this bitter cold morning.

Reminder to self. Look up.


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Kate Georgereply
February 6, 2014 at 12:25 pm

We aren’t that many miles apart and your balmy was my frigid negative five! Last night I was out in the snow. It caught the light from the windows as it fell in the night, making the air sparkle. I feel so sorry sometimes. There are so many people in the world that never get to see what I see.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
February 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm
– In reply to: Kate George

So true that the beauty is almost crushing at times and I wish it could be shared more and more. I guess that’s what you and I do, Kate. Try to package the beauty and share it. xox

February 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Here it is -16 and it really doesn’t master over the urgency I feel toward the newness of green over which the drifts of white seem to bare false witness. Bread is baked the house is toasty and my man is coming up from the watering of the cows. Life is only frozen if our hearts can’t join in with the Juncos and hop around merrily while enjoying the comradeship of each other.

Blessings, Christie

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
February 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm
– In reply to: dc4evr

Thanks, Christie!

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgenreply
February 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm

We’ve had a prolonged cold snap, it makes me want to just hibernate! I love that spring is around the corner there.. lucky you!!xx

February 7, 2014 at 3:24 am

That is beautiful!
Yet again I am reminded that I like the way you write! Here, the weather is being utterly horrid, as I expect you have heard.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
February 7, 2014 at 7:53 am
– In reply to: Rachael

Thanks, Rachael. I hope things settle there soon!

Midwestern Plant Girlreply
February 7, 2014 at 7:11 am

Indeed look up! But keep your mouth closed. ?. ?

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
February 7, 2014 at 7:54 am
– In reply to: Midwestern Plant Girl

Ha!!!! So true.

Caitlin | The Siren’s Talereply
February 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Some of the best things in life are either right in front of us, or right above us. Thank you for the beautiful reminder to look up 🙂

David J. Baumanreply
February 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I have been watching the birds–from my car! Haven’t had the courage to actually trudge out anywhere this year. Next year, new boots! Anyway, I’ve been seeing more and more birds that aren’t known for wintering here, so there is definitely some northward movement going on. Even saw two Bald Eagles building a nest in the tree tops on the ridge along the north branch of the river. I hope they continued through this latest cold snap to further their work. It was minus two this morning out there. I didn’t have to work today, so I stayed inside all morning in my blue fleece jammies.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
February 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm
– In reply to: David J. Bauman

Thanks David!! I braved the cold to work yesterday. Today started at 10 below and I’m working at home. Birds are busy in the sun outside the window. Be well!

David J. Baumanreply
February 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm
– In reply to: Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine

Minus 14 here, and snow on the way. I think Christmas comes too early. We need cookies, Brandy and cheer more than ever now.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
February 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

And a new blizzard on the way here tomorrow. Brandy and cookie prescription for sure! Not to mention fleece jammies. Stay warm. Look for birds!

February 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I have been reminding myself of this lately too. This seems like the longest winter ever! My daughter just turned one and I can’t wait to get out outside to play instead of being cooped up!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
February 13, 2014 at 8:30 am
– In reply to: stephrader

So true! My daughter was born in January and I remember feeling very cooped up that winter with a little one to keep warm. Even on the coldest days this winter I’m making myself get outside and take it in. But today I’m sick and think I’ll be mostly hanging out with the shades drawn and the pillow for companionship. Maybe I’ll dream of birds. Be well!

February 22, 2014 at 4:07 am

A timely reminder…thanks!

DIY Bride x

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