March 2017 : in like a crazy lion

There’s a saying around here that if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb, or visa versa.

That has, for the most part meant that if March comes in like a lion, we will have howling winds and a blizzard of snow.

This year March 2017 started in the wee hours of the morning with lighting and thunder. Storms and heavy rain continued throughout the morning, with flood warnings and a tornado warning as well.

Late in the day it all cleared out and I took my sons’ dog Merle for a nice long walk, spent some time there when they arrived home from work and school and when I got back home I took out the camera for some late day shots.

The little squirrel was ready for some peanuts after the storm

UPS had delivered this beautiful Mary print for my altar.

And then the gorgeous skies!

Psalm 19;1 The heavens declare the glory of God…

I called this March beginning a crazy lion because we went from severe thunderstorms and a 60 degree high to plummeting temperatures and snow showers:)

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Sewing Under the Supermoon

I read on several news sites that our November full moon was to be a Supermoon.

The supermoon (perigee full moon) on November 14, 2016, will bring the moon closer to Earth than it has been since January 26, 1948. What’s more, the moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. That makes the November 2016 full moon the closest and largest supermoon in a period of 86 years!”   (  From Earthsky.org )

I had read that she would appear to be the largest prior to dawn in my area, so that is when I went outdoors for a photo. Had I not read any of this, I would have just appreciated the full moon; she didn’t appear much different to me :)

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There’s a lot of interesting info out there in regards to how the moon affects our behavior, and the tides, and growing things, and how prior to electricity womens’ cycles were mostly attuned to the moon.

Therefore, this Supermoon’s influence is most likely why I decided to start something new after recently vowing not to.

However,  I did say that I didn’t want to start anything new for 2017, and it is still 2016 :) I decided to start making some little baskets here and there.

No big deal….when I have some fabric out for something else, I’ll just add a basket or two to the prep.

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Prior to further prep work or anything else,  I wanted to finish up the last Orange Peel block for this row. I sewed that completed row onto the others. This is a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.

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While many Rainbow Scrappers are working on finishing up their projects for the year, I’ll be putting mine in the closet to bring out at some point next year.  I think that the seasons affect my quilting and I’ll want to work with brighter colors again in a few months, but not now.

I seem to want to work with darker colors that reflect the season. I have started another Elizabeth’s Pride block.

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The moon was just as pretty on the 15th, with some clouds surrounding her that morning, so I got a few more shots.

supermoon-day-two-collage

Meanwhile, as to our Small Town Tragedy that I posted about last week, the funeral is on Wednesday. At least four school districts as well as the Catholic and Christian private schools have early dismissals or have cancelled altogether due to the traffic issues. Many businesses are doing the same.

The staging area is in one town, the funeral home is in a different town, and the church another. Then they’ll proceed from the church down to my little borough and turn right to go through Canonsburg and then to another township for internment in the Veteran’s cemetery.

There are to be 1000 police vehicles, firetrucks ( he was also a volunteer fireman ) and then family, church members, friends, community supporters, etc. After all of that, there is to be a Celebration of Life service at the County fairgrounds, so all of that traffic and more will come back this way again. My DIL and I will probably walk down into the borough to pay our respects as the procession goes by…I do not think that the children will ever see such a thing again. I hope not, anyway.

These roasted vegetables ( leeks, potatoes & cauliflower ) coming out of the oven will be the basis for a nice hearty and creamy the- kids-are-home-from-school soup for us all tomorrow.

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