This March and a Look Back

What a contrast we had here lately. Thursday afternoon reached a high of around 55 degrees. Daffodils, crocuses, bushes budding, trees leafing…..and all far, far too early.  I had enjoyed a walk in the afternoon with clear blue skies. I was transfixed for awhile watching and listening to a woodpecker high up in a neighbors’ tall tree.

I meandered down to my sons’ place to see the kids after school and my DIL and I sat out on the porch laughing at the antics of Merle, their young dog.

Merle was in his glory…he had two new toys in one day. Scotts’ dad had brought this large pink horse toy ball over and I’d brought a plush ball from the dollar store. Merle went back and forth between the two.

It was bright and sunny and warm, yet we were also discussing arrangements for the possibility of a school delay the next morning…..as surreal as it seemed in that lovely afternoon weather, we were to get snow that evening.

Sure enough the snow arrived…with no flash in the early morning, it all looks blue :)

Gusty winds and mini-blizzards followed throughout the day. I walked down to see everyone after school again….the kids are always so funny and wound up on Fridays, with no homework in sight and a fun weekend ahead. They were to go bowling later…

After that,  bitter cold settled in for the weekend and I decided to settle in too.

I had to get the camera out on Saturday morning. While just a few days prior the birds were splashing merrily in the bird bath after a rain, a pair of doves were visiting and one was just sitting quite contently on top of the iced up water. Another flew off to the crabapple tree since I was annoying her :)

There is that poor confused crabapple…just recently leafing out due to unusual early spring weather, then covered with snow, then basking in the sun in frigid temperatures wondering “what shall I do? what season is this?”

Since this winter has been so up and down in regards to the weather, I decided to look back to March of years past and see what was going on then :)  

I found things more interesting to me than the weather …

March 2013 : I did a very gloomy shot reflecting my perspective on having to work on taxes that year !

Working on Taxes

Towards the END of March I received a very sweet surprise from Judy of New England Garden and Thread. New Hampshire syrup…fresh from the shack where they’d participated in making this with their friends!

closeup syrup on spoon

Oh it was so good, and so different from the standard pancake syrup on the grocery store shelves.

In March of 2014 I found my little grandson doing the dishes…a favorite pasttime.

Brent doing dishes

I was enjoying my frequent blue jay visitor who expected a daily supply of peanuts when he stopped by.

What are you looking at

My Kanga kitty seemed to be just enjoying life in general one day…

Kanga Happy

March 2015 was quite cold and I’d done a post about our ONE spring day…and on that day I took the children to a local park.

I was also working on a series of Ancestry / Family Tree posts that winter…here is my grandfather Wilbert Zeiler building a house for me ; a replica of their house at the time. I was probably around 2 or 3 years old then.

Bup and the Weyman Road House Replica

Here is Charles Henry Zeiler, born Oct. 31 1817 in Prussia, a member of the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War:

Charles Henry Zeiler Civil War PA Volunteers

I was also finishing up some simple hand quilting on a baby quilt that March:

QUILT END MARCH

As to March 2016 I was working on several quilt projects that month…here’s just one :

1857 blocks thus far collage end of March

We were busy with Easter eggs. I laughed at this…I forgot about our ‘handmade’ garbage bag aprons :)

egg decorating group

It looks as if we tortured the dog, too.

merle with bunny ears edit

I had fun doing this post on March and a look back to earlier ones, and I hope that you enjoyed it. I should do this more often.  One last shot…from a post about the beautiful skies that we had on St. Patricks Day last year.

Cottonball Clouds

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Blooms Too Soon & the March RSC Color for Quilting is Red

This winter weather has been up & down, as many of you have experienced as well. Cold and snow one day, and temps in the mid-50’s on another. Once or twice we were in the high 60’s.  Well the plants are confused.

They are coming up, thinking that it is mid-April. On March 8th I noticed that my daffodils on the side of the house were in bloom. This is much too early. I had one of my grandsons come down and pick the 10 or so in bloom for his mother.

The weekend forecast is for lows around 12 degrees…the blooms will be happier in a vase of water in a nice warm house :)

There are things coming up such as daylilies and autumn sedum…and my lilac bush started budding too early…something I generally worry about in spring, not winter.

While there is early green growth outdoors, as to indoor quilting projects the RSC ( Rainbow Scrap Challenge ) color of the month is red. Like these roasted red peppers that I made to accompany my chicken dinner…

I have been cutting down on meat quite a bit in the last year or so,  and usually my dinners anymore are a very small portion of it + a good 4-5 veggies )

While I have some red-themed applique that I am working on, I took a look at Scrappy Granny once I had finished hand quilting the latest block and surrounding sashing.

I have nine of these + sashing finished now, so the middle is all done.

Why not choose a red block for the next one? :)

There were several to choose from and the kitty even showed her preference.

I did not go with her choice, however. I chose this one…all set to quilt! :)  I am using perle thread and ‘big stitch’ quilting in the colored portion of the blocks, and regular quilting thread and smaller stitches around the block and in the sashing.  I did not make the perle threads investment lightly…I have at least two other quilt tops that I can use the same treatment with down the line.

That cardinal that is featured in this quilt block, so brilliant against the winter snow when it falls, has now changed his song…in the spring he calls “pretty pretty pretty” and his new call is as early as the plant growth this year. This is why he’s in my hoop now :)

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