Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Valentine's Day

As always, a wonderful day in our house!


We spent the weekend cutting down broken branches and stacking them on the curb. A neighbor helped Brian cut the trunk of the fallen oak into logs.

The neighborhood is full of broken trees, and many are much worse than ours. At least our live oak trunk fell onto the lawn. Many others fell over on electrical wires, cars and even houses. And it didn't totally uproot. Two of the three trunks are still erect. The poor tree is not quite as majestic as it used to be. It looks a bit odd, and has a large wound (on the right side of the tree, out of sight in this photo), but I think it will probably be all right. We were lucky.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Beautiful, but deadly

Well, it has finally stopped snowing. We got 8" of wet, gloppy, heavy snow. This was my view out the back door at 6 am:

Brian came home from work early yesterday (the roads were becoming increasingly icy), and we made a snowman. We hadn't made a snowman for many many years:

Jaunty fellow, isn't he?

But the storm was very destructive. All of our live oak trees (we have three large trees and one medium size tree) have pretty major damage. The largest, which is in the middle of the front yard, is the worst. One of the trunks (there were two big trunks) split and fell:

Hard to tell from the picture, but that piece on the ground is HUGE.

The other three live oaks have broken branches. Nothing quite as big as the one pictured above, but still very sad.

Our magnolia has one broken limb. It doesn't look too bad.

I enjoyed the snow, but I'm really not enjoying the aftermath. Rats!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Woke up this morning to this view out my back door:

I love the snow in the blue light of early morning. What a beautiful sight!

It is still snowing heavily (at 11:30 am) and it is supposed to continue until late tonight. I just heard on the radio that this has the potential to be the heaviest single snowfall in Dallas/Fort Worth. I'm so glad I am home and warm and cozy!

Earlier this morning, a moving truck got stuck on the hill in front of our house. It's not a very big hill, the grade is probably 2 or 3%, but they were having a a rough time of it. Two very cold looking men with shovels were trying to clear the roadway:

The finally got up, but my poor live oak tree took a terrible battering. They ripped off several low hanging branches (one about 3" in diameter) and actually bumped the trunk during one of their backslides. I'm hoping the tree will be ok.

What a horrible day to have the movers come!

I'm enjoying the snowy day (except for the tree part), dyeing fabric and gazing out the window. After my next stirring of the dye pots, I need to venture out into the cold and fill up the bird feeder. It's a busy place today!

But first, I think I'll make another cup of tea...

A Valentine (quilted for a client)

Karen's quilt, very appropriately a Valentine's gift for her husband:

A peek at the back:

Newest work and studioQ meeting

I managed to finish another quilt top. Sticks 9:

And studioQ met at Jay's house. I love this group!

We are working on a monthly challenge -- using a word or phrase to inspire a piece of fiber art. I have been making a series of small quilts, but some people, like Nancy, are making a larger piece, adding the newest challenge block every month. I have enjoyed making my small pieces, but I love the way that Nancy's quilt is evolving:

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