More winter and life isn’t slowing down


There’s another storm on the way, my planner is full of deadlines, and life is busy. I’d be stressed (well, I am a little) but all it takes is reading the news and I realize how blessed my life is. I’ll handle it just fine. Although I’m really looking forward to the time when I don’t see snow in the forecast.


My favorite quote about the death of a loved one:

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Some people are in your life for a relatively brief time, and you can only reflect on it and know that you both gave comfort and support and friendship and came into each others lives at the right moment. Two years ago my dear friend passed away. We had only been close friends for about 2 years previous, and we both wondered why we hadn’t spent more time together. Laughingly, but truthfully, it was because I was her dog-sitter, so I knew her dogs quite well… but her? Not so much. Our loss.

My gain? Custody of her little dog. He’s 17 now, and has surprised all of us with his tenacity. He’s determined to outlive all of us.


She would have enjoyed watching me learn to paint again, and would have rolled her eyes at some of my cartoony illustrations. Actually, if you believe in such things, she is probably rolling her eyes right now.

I hope everyone has a someone like her in their lifetime. Travel light, my friend, as always.



Stella is still here…

… So is Gertrude, but our little turkey isn’t faring well… These photos were taken throughout the day, between work and shoveling and trying to clear a path for a certain little poodle to do his business…


The last photo was around 6:00. At that point we tackled plowing, car moving, getting the ATV stuck and unstuck, slipping and thinking I lost my keys in a snow bank, all that happy snow removal stuff. At this rate we’ll be on repeat tomorrow.

In the midst of all that, dreaming about far away (and warm and sunny) kingdoms,  N is for Nut Weevil showed up, they are cute little fellas, although I suspect they are pretty destructive?



Stella vs Gertrude

Winter Storm Stella is upon us. It’s about 9:30 a.m. and the flakes started falling about an hour ago. Storm prep started yesterday and ended this morning with a final load of wood coming in the house, the bird feeders topped off, car moved to a strategic spot in the driveway (in other words, out of the way of the first and second anticipated plowing, especially since I got the car stuck trying to move it in one of our recent storms. Oops.)…

This is Gertrude the Third, our decoy turkey. The first two turkeys succumbed over the past  years to high wind, but G the 3rd is standing strong so far, and we’ve had some wicked gusts this year. You can only explain to your neighbor so many times that you are poking around the ditch looking for your turkey that blew away before you decide it’s time to lock this stuff down.

She’s about 20 inches tall at the top of her head. We’ll see if the forecasters were right about the amount of snow we are going to get…


Also M is for Millipede! How could I forget! We had a plague of these a few years ago. Very disturbing. I didn’t quite understand how all their segments worked, so this came out a little wonky… I’ll give him a shot again at some point  🙂


L is for Luna Moth

It’s barely above zero degrees here in Vermont, with a wicked wind that is shaking the house. March is definitely In Like a Lion and I am so hopeful that it will live up to that saying and head out like a Lamb. I had Big Plans for the afternoon and doing something in town but I’m clutching my cozy sweater a little tighter every time with wind gusts.

I’ve got to start being more consistent with image quality when I post online. Most of these I just take a photo with my old iPad and move on. I guess when I finish the alphabet I’ll go through and actually scan them.

This morning I settled in to work on L is Luna Moth. No matter whether I like the way it comes together or not, I laugh to myself when I finally add the eyes. They are the last part, and I give a lot of thought about where to add the highlight, and how to shape them, because for me this is where I really get to know them, who do I think this one insect is? I read that Luna Moths, in the moth stage, only live one week and have no mouth. That feels so tragic for such a beautiful creature! When I finished her she just felt really innocent and precious.


Painting Personalities

The more I work through these insects the more fun I am having imagining their personalities… This Junebug is a bit of a bully, I think… While the Katydid is a gentle troublemaker, she really brings a smile to my face.


Catching up!

It’s been bitingly cold here the last few days, well below zero with windchill. I keep reminding myself that Spring is JUST around the corner. I mean, we already had one mud season a week or so ago, and they have been boiling sap down the road all last week… I’m just trying to stay positive, but cabin fever is kicking in and I’m even looking forward to mowing the lawn.

I’ve been doing my alphabet insects, although I am a few days behind because I slacked off Friday and Saturday… too tired and too cold for playing with paints. But here’s what came after E is for Earthworm!

F is for Firefly is my favorite. I could see doing a series of them. Although I love the look on H is for Hornet’s face. That was after a long frustrating day and it totally showed! There’s also G is for Green Lacewing and I is for Inchworm…