Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge the third Wednesday of February is to use her picture to pick a topic (or two or more!) for your pictures. Click here to see her picture; it shows yard/gardening tools as well as a portable outhouse on a trailer with trees in the background.
In my search for a picture (just one!) with a garden tool, I discovered photos of an old outhouse that had been hauled to the ranch dump. Tipped on its side, it’s definitely no longer in use!
Besides just general messing around with a camera in hand that day, Dad intended to dig a few potatoes. So here’s a picture of a shovel in use.
Same ranch, same characters, same intent and maybe the same shovel four years later. This time with trees in the background.
Switching things up, I remembered an outdoor cleanup day at a church that might show some tools. To my delight, I found a photo that shows a bit of fun while getting the work done with a rake.
Finally, for a little winter work, here’s a broom and a snow shovel being put to good use.
Two pictures of snow, both taken while out walking.
There’s plenty of snow to photograph in central Iowa if you don’t mind being out in the cold. We finally had a day with enough sunshine to create a shadow on the snow.
As much as I like snow – and I do as long as it doesn’t interfere with safe driving – it needs balanced with a little color. Here at home, I walk by this row quilt every day. Each row in the quilt was a free pattern from a different local quilt shop. The theme was “Home Sweet Home” and the way the designers at each store chose to interpret home still makes me smile!
Snow drift through the sun room window. Glad for the sun. Not so glad for the wind – except to see the fabulous shapes being sculpted. Photo: TLClark.
My beloved suggested I could write about Cabin Fever. We’ve reached the age where “better safe than sorry” guides decisions. We’ve both driven enough miles on snow/ice covered interstates or in gusty cold winds to know that snow/ice covered plus gusty cold winds is a recipe for disaster. So we’ve rescheduled today’s appointments in Iowa City which were the rescheduled appointments from yesterday.
What to do?
Play games on the computer (seems to have become the default option).
Read a book (another common default option).
Pull out an old fashioned board game or maybe a deck of cards.
Memorize a poem.
Work on the puzzle.
Do some genealogy sleuthing.
Sort those old pictures and get them boxed to mail to someone who will enjoy having them.
Play the piano/keyboard.
This puzzle was a challenge the first time around – not sure why we decided to do it again. Photo: TLClark.
Watch a movie.
Clean the bathrooms.
Clean out a drawer or a closet.
Write a sympathy note or a thinking of you card – with pen and paper.
Be creative in the sewing room.
Clockwise from top right: a) Hand sew the binding on scrappy strip quilt. b) Free motion quilt the butterfly quilt. c) Add sashing to the finished blocks and join them into a quilt top. d) Start an entirely new project using fabric from the bins in the corner. Photo: TLClark.
Use the colored pencils to draw something new or color in a coloring book.
Sort, discard or keep, categorize eleven years of digital photos.
Plan another series of blog posts.
Call Mom & Dad or Grandma Mary.
Sort through a box full of old church papers; recycle most of it.
Work on taxes.
What would you add to the list? What would choose first?
Good morning and welcome to another snow day. I figure I can either grumble about treacherous roads and having to reschedule some appointments. Or I can enjoy the view. Today I choose the view. And give thanks for all who are working to make the roads safe again.