A Week in Two Acts

Act I

What’s Making Me Droopy

On Monday, Winter let us know it was not quite done with Maine by sending a storm that dropped five or six inches of snow. Once again, Clif had to take Little Green out for a spin, and once again,  the town’s snowplow left a tall, hard ridge of snow at the end of our driveway.

The week before, the backyard was free enough of snow that I had hopes of starting to pick up the many sticks that have fallen over the winter. But no, nature had other plans. No picking up sticks for me, no getting a whiff of spring.

Here is Snow-Gauge Clif in the backyard.

And here he is in the front yard. Despite the snow, Clif still looks perky.

However, I am not quite as perky. You might even describe me as  droopy, and I keep repeating, “Soon Spring will come. Soon Spring will come.”

Act II

What’s Making Me Happy

After moaning about Winter and its bony grip, I thought I would balance this post with something that’s making me oh so happy. It’s a picture of a junco—birder lovers, please correct me if I’m wrong—that I bought at a craft fair last week.

Clif and I were at the fair with our books—we did well!—and right across from us sat a talented photographer named Norma Warden. I chatted with her for a bit, and Norma told me she recently moved to Maine from California. She is unfamiliar with the Maine craft fair scene, and I gave her a few tips.

After spending the morning and part of the afternoon admiring Norma’s work, which blends photography with a painterly sensibility, I bought one of her pictures. Birds and art are two of my weaknesses, and when they are combined at a good price, who am I to resist?

The picture is hanging on the wall by my desk, and every time I look at that little bird, I smile.

Here is a link to Norma’s website, where you will find her lovely art selling for amazingly reasonable prices.

44 thoughts on “A Week in Two Acts”

  1. I feel your pain Laurie – I’ve been so grumpy about all the cold and wet we have had, making it feel like a very long winter – but I must get a grip – you have it much worse.
    And we have just had a couple of lovely sunny days. Hoping to send some your way.
    Love your bird picture – fascinating combination of skills – so perky and calming at the same time.

  2. So sorry about the grump-inducing weather. But so glad you did well at the book fair!

    I also call that bird a Junco. They only come here in the winter, and I believe that is what Anne Murray was singing about in “Snow Bird.”

    Not sure if I’m allowed to post a link in here or not – but this is the song.

      1. I’m shocked that link worked. Anne didn’t tell me herself that this was the bird she sang about. I really don’t know where that came from. But it’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  3. Sorry to see you’ve had more snow Laurie and thankfully it’s not as thick a blanket at last time – I can see why snow-gauge Clif looks perky! The bird picture looks beautiful – it made us smile too 🙂💖🐦 xxx

  4. Spring *is* on its way to you, Laurie. We are supposed to have spring here but we have frosts every night and I was beaten about the head by hailstones twice today! I love your pretty Junco picture and well done for your success at the fair!

  5. Well at least there is happy as well as droopy. I hope the winter disappears soon – we are currently suffering from cold east winds (from Russia), but apparently it’s going to warm up at the end of the week – I can’t wait!

  6. Our winter Junco’s must have headed north recently, as I have not seen them for a few weeks, since our last snow event. We are enjoying a colorfull Spring with 70F days (between rain storms). It’s coming your way.

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