Saturday, March 10, 2012
if you've been reading this blog for a while, you know i follow the eagle's nest at the norfolk (VA) botanical garden. this year the dad had to find a new mate. he has courted 3 females so far and #3 was getting settled into the nest; sleeping there at night, eating when he brought food and generally considering it "home." however, #4 female came on the scene a couple of days ago and was chased off by dad. problem is, #3 hasn't been seen at the nest for 2 days and #4 is trying to get the male to cozy up to her. on thursday #3 and #4 had an altercation and locked talons but no serious injury to either. the male has yet to mate with #4 but she is getting pretty comfy around and in the nest the male has prepared for eggs. it's getting late for eggs to be laid--end of march is usually the latest--so unless things settle down soon, there probably won't be any eggs in this nest this year. today there are over 13,000 people watching this drama play out in nature that is better than any hollywood script.
cherrywood fabrics and are they luscious both in color and quality. they advertise a suede-like feel and they are so right. i can recommend them highly. i can't afford the yardage--it's pricey--but these are from one of their grab bags of small pieces. i need a total of 202 of these hexies, 12 half hexies and some little triangles (not sure which kind) to make it rectangular. it's an ideal grab and go project....for the time being anyway. ***** back to cold temps today but not for long. if we don't get anymore snow, it won't bother me a bit. easter is late this year--mid april--and i've seen fast-moving blizzard-type conditions on easter sunday before, so we can't rest easy yet. ***** national quilting day is one week from today. it's not a hallmark holiday at all but no less celebratory to us of the quilty persuasion. lots of related events going on of which to partake and enjoy, not the least of which are the online retail therapy kind. web surfers beware!
Friday, March 9, 2012
picture it: midnight - march - maine - 50 degrees, that's right 50 at midnight in maine in march! simply unheard of. in the daytime it was 60+ degrees, the record being 60 back in 1878. that means in our 1970s era cluster apartments it was quite warm. that's how it is. when it's bitter cold out, the place is freezing; when it's warm out it's also warm inside. the promise of "control your own heat" is a complete fallacy. and tonight? a mere 24 hours later? the weather heads are talking snow.