By Candlelight

Dawn on Sunday morning

Trees down in the backyard

We were in the epicenter of Saturday’s October snowstorm and are just starting to get back to normal. We currently have power (probably because there is a warming shelter on our street), internet (just got that back tonight), and heat (wood stove… never lost this!), but many of our local friends and neighbors are without all three.

Cozy!

Saturday night was very strange – thick, heavy snow falling quickly with occasional green flashes, the cracks of falling trees and branches, and pink flashes and sparks as transformers blew. Quite surreal. We kept ourselves occupied by lighting candles, keeping the stove stoked, and trying to keep the basement from flooding. And we learned that beans and toast can be prepared quite well on the wood stove!

It will be quite some time before the area will be back to normal. Our thoughts go out to all of those still in the dark – stay safe and warm!

The view went from this…
To this!

Here are a few more stories about the storm from local friends…
http://jansjems.blogspot.com/
http://poetesswug-thewugsbackyardblogspot.blogspot.com/

This one’s for the birds

The feeders are stuffed, the kitties are alert, ’tis the season for birdwatching! We’ve got a column feeder full of black oil sunflower seeds and several resident birds… So far I counted 4 species today – I’ll be keeping a list and post more birds as I see them. The pictures I will be posting are taken with gratitude from fellow Etsians’ shops. Please click on the photo for more info about the picture or item! For today:

1. Black Capped Chickadee- This lively little guy is also the state bird of Massachusetts. They can decrease their core body temperatures by 10-12 degrees F to conserve energy during cold winter nights! Click HERE to visit a wiki page to hear the chickadee’s call.
2. Tufted Titmouse- These birds are generally friendly and inquisitive… and they have a great name! Click HERE for their call.3. Dark-eyed Junco – Another bird with a great name, this little sparrow tends to hunt for food on the ground in small flocks.
4. Northern Cardinal – We all know this common winter bird. We have a male and female pair that visit the feeder on a regular basis. Click HERE for the sounds of a male.
To completely change gears for a moment, I recently received an email from CISA (Community Involved in Local Agriculture) about local eggs, chickens, and other assorted poultry and fowl. Our local farmers are necessary and inspiring – do you have a way you can support farmers in your area?

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Digging out

I guess winter is here… hope everyone around the country who got socked with snow in the last few days is doing ok… now time to find the skis!

From update land: A new listing on etsy I am proud of and a new lace pattern of my own design. There will shortly be a post all about the “Twisted Minuet” pattern, including a FREE pdf for a scarf using the pattern! Woo!