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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Narrow Drive, Wide Sky, Signs, Leftovers

It's been a beautiful and productive weekend so far. I could bore you with all that was done, but instead, let's take a little drive down this narrow drive, topped off with blue skies. The clouds we will enjoy but disregard. Somewhere behind them, is a promise of more snow...no!
Is this a large coyote track or a small wolf lurking right next to the cabin as he came up from the creek, exploring these....
deer tracks and ...
a turkey trot!

GO AWAY SNOW! I refuse to shovel you again!Meltdown is finally starting to occur. The logs are dripping off during the warmer days as they dry for next winters firewood.
Click on any of the pictures for a closer look of the meandering creek just below our log cabin. I LOVE to see water again instead of just snow and ice. I am so ready for spring, a warm spring.
Weird, but I thought these frozen ripples looked like fingers and toes...but I'm sure glad they aren't mine.
Pretty ice, in it's own right...I'm always amazed how the water runs a foot beneath the ice as it melts from the bottom up. That's what makes it so very dangerous to walk on during the melt-down., or is it the melt-up?
In any event, NO ice, is safe ice, during any thaw. Click on the picture below and you can see the boulder a foot below the ice as the water runs around it. Check out the scalloped edge on the ice...I rather like it.
Let's see if this huge burl actually becomes a bowl as I requested. I think this is one project I am going to have to produce on my own. It's a good thing I have my own sets of wood lathe tools. Now I have to learn how to use them. Burls make the most beautiful and interesting wooden bowls. Maybe, someday, I can show you what I'm talking about.
I got excited to see the tight buds on the wild raspberry brush. I just know that it won't be more than 2 months before we see leaves on those branches and berries. If only we can pick some before the bears find them. That will be in July, as I patiently wait.
Another hope for spring, is seeing the Wood Ducks returning. Hopefully, a pair will use this nest box by the creek. Time to start to throw a little enticing corn for them. They usually show up just as the ice is going out and the grass is peeking through. Along with them, come the Mallards, by the dozens. Let's hope at least a few of them stay to raise their families.
Speaking of the food trough, look what I made today...another jar of the best pickled eggs. I thank my nephew's wife for the recipe, handed down to her by her mother. I'd best ask for permission first, to pass this goodie down to you. If you're around in about 10 days, I'll give you a taste!
We had so many tomatoes, onions and olives left over from the birthday party sub sandwiches last week, that I had to use them up somehow. What better, than Homemade Chunky Tomato Soup. Oh my gracious, this was so good!
There were Still left-overs , so I whipped up a Homemade Tomato/Mushroom/Green Olive/Red Onion/Portabello Mushroom/Sausage/Hamburger/Garlic/Basil/Oregano Pizza topped with slices of Cheddar and Muenster Cheeses and shredded Romano, for supper. Now, THAT was a mouthful~~~and mmm mmm, so good!
No dessert tonight~no tummy room!

Hope you all enjoyed the ride and the food. Come again real soon! Maybe, I'll bake next time. I hear dark chocolate is good for my heart!



Naturegirl said...

Dar! OMG I sure hope that I don't come home to this when I arrive in Canada a week from now!!!
Brrrrr...for a girl who has been basking in high 80 degree temps..
BTW I loved your comment on my blog.
blessings to you...sending some heat your way! xo

Paula said...

Uh oh now she is talking to the snow. Hurry spring!

The White Farmhouse said...

I was just telling my husband how weird it is that we have no snow here, but in Flint only 25 miles away they have a snow covering. You can't even see the grass, yet all our snow is melted. That pizza sounds fabulous! The soup looks wonderful too. Love the walk through the woods. I can't wait to see what you are going to do with your tools!

texwisgirl said...

Love the ice photos - and "melt up". :)

My dad used to make pickled eggs. YUCK!!!

But you redeemed yourself with the pizza. :)

The Durrer Family said...

I love the turkey tracks! My parents have wild turkeys on their ranch, but no snow there for them to leave prints in!
Mmmmm... Your pizza sounds divine!

Arkansas Patti said...

From someone who sadly only had a few snows this year, I just love visiting yours. Thanks for the ride.
I am not a pizza person but that one might make me a convert.
Never had a pickled egg. Just not sure about that.

Farmchick said...

That pizza looks so good! Love the turkey trot photo. We have plenty of turkeys on our farm and I love to hear them.

jack69 said...

To my DArling Dar: This is to inform you we are officially divorced. I was so enjoying the snow and tracks, as the matter of fact I have heard of 'Turkey Trot" but this is the first I have actually seen. I was enjoying the tour, then you threw the FOOD in. Delicious, scrumptions looking STUFF! We have been eating in fast food and restaurants for a month now, I am tired of it. hahahaha Then you have the nerve to put that
delicious SOUP and what ever you called it on here. I cannot take it any more. I am gone, out of here, don't look for me back until supper!!!!!

Love from over here,
Sherry & Jack
PS: Go ahead, tempt Bill, he can take it.

Louise said...

What a lovely tour around your area. And, the food! Oh my! I haven't had lunch yet and now I'm starving.

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh that tomato soup looks wonderful!! Do you have a recipe? (Or do you cook by tasting?) That pizza looks really yummy too.

Cher' Shots said...

I love seeing the transtions taking place from winter to spring! Finally some true signs are showing face. Your pizza looks great!
'love & hugs from afar'

imac said...

Great shots and looks great food, BUT please no Pickled eggs.lol

Joe said...

Hey Dar, Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog :). Love your pics. I've got the get a wood duck box up and try to get a nesting pair.

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Oh I love the turkey prints! Too cute! And that pizza! Wow! Makes me want a bite just looking at your photo:)

Anonymous said...

We saw lots of melting ice atop water today during our walk. It was the first time I've ever heard ice cracking as it melted. It was such a wonderful thing being in the woods today hearing the cracking ice, the trees rustling in the breeze, and the birds chirping. There was not a sound of civilization to be heard at all!

Linda said...

I am SO ready for spring, too (we had another 6" of snow last week...), but your beautiful photos make the snow look gorgeous!

Cicero Sings said...

We have a mild sunny day here today and our snow is melting and melting fast! My front yard is still covered but hey, my rhubarb patch is emerging!

That pizza looks so good ... I need pizza ... soon!

Like that one ice picture. Very interesting.

Pickled eggs don't sound appealing ... but I'll take your word for it. I'd come around for a taste but I think it is just a little too far of a drive.

Fred Alton said...

Yep! That thar wud is-a meltin'! I loved the great ride down by the creek and the lesson about the ice melting from the bottome up when it's over water. Very interesting blog, Dar. Like I said, loved the pictures and stories of the snow and ice - but loved the pictures and smells coming out of your kitchen even better! Yummmm Yummm!

Anonymous said...

Your ice photos are wonderful.
I will pass on the eggs, but would love some soup and pizza. They both look delicious.

Shug said...

Hey there Dar...
First of all let me tell you that the pizza looks D..licious!
And then...OhMyGOODNESS..lots of snow!I know you are ready for some Spring Sunshine..
It was 90 here in our neck of the woods yesterday and I wanted the air conditioner...Maybe you could just ship me some of your snow and I'll send you some sunshine..


quiltmom said...

Hi Dar,
It looks like you have been one busy lady too.
The soup and the pizza like dish look very yummy...
Like you I am tired of Winter- the highways were fine to my folks but the roads in the city are pretty terrible for this time of year.
Loved the photo of blue sky-- we are missing it so much- the sky is grey/ white with the threat of snow....
A number of years ago, we had a family friend who had used a burl to make a coffee table. The base was burl and the top was glass. I have also seen clocks made from pieces of burl. I will look forward to seeing your bowl.

Ruta said...

Your photos are beautiful but like you, I am so tired of the snow... and now I'm so hungry looking at that awesome soup and pizza!

janet said...

Morning Dar,
I am a huge lover of snow, but really..can it be over now????

Lovely photos and the food!!!!

I love tomato soup and yours look Yummy.

Thant pizza looks like a real culinary treasure...holding my plate up please ;->

Janet xox


PS...thank you for your nice comment about my slipcovered chair and YES it was my very first one. I love it!