Thursday, March 05, 2015


One last wake up to below zero readings. After this day, we'll be done with that bracing cold that comes after a moonlit night and a brilliant sunrise. Not that I saw either. No one lets the cheepers out that early after a cold night. In fact, letting the cheepers out has been only modestly close to a sunrise. We've been less scheduled about it and less frantic, at the same time that they have become less insistent. They huddle and wait and if there is sunshine, they'll come out and search for a spot that's not iced over. That's a challenge!


Eventually I coax them out of the barn, and each time, I get the chicken ballet before me as they dance over the worst spots.


In the crab apple tree, a pair of squirrels returns for their daily fruit raid. Do they know that they'll soon have competition from the spring flocks of birds?


Ed and I eat breakfast at the kitchen table. We each have a plateful of chores to do today and so this meal is especially important. We talk about spring farmette projects. There are many and that pleases me no end.


My midday is a bit of a rush between one thing and the next. Let's zip past that and go right to where I want to be -- at Snowdrop's house. Though instead of giving you the next string of smiling Snowdrops, I'll show you something a tiny bit different:

Here, you can pretend she is jumping! (In reality, she is, as always, merely kicking her feet -- she is a terrific kicker!)


A closeup...

(you liked that,  grandma?)

Perhaps my favorite is where I get her to really stand up.  Bonus: for those who complained I did not show off yesterday's haircut, here is one wild version of it! Hers and mine!


Snowdrop is exactly two months old today. In so many ways, she seems quite a bit older! Except when she exhales after a period of play.



  1. Here I am, up at 4am! The snow glows electric blue under the moonlight, the serious moonlight.
    I'm imagining that I've awakened on another planet.
    A cup of tea and then I'll get back in the warm bed next to my Earthling husband.

    I'm pretty sure we will pay for this full moon at preschool tomorrow. There's a real connection. Sometimes we'll have a rocky day and only then realize it's the full moon time. So it's not the self-fulfilling prophecy, it's really true. My husband's brother was a psychiatrist who practiced in a NC state mental institution (shudder) and he said the full moon caused unusually high agitation.

    Snowdrop looks teeny in today's pictures! Maybe it's a new, looser fitting sleeper? No chunk except for those sweet baby cheeks!

    I really like your haircut - I should, that's how I've worn mine for 15 years :)

    1. The hair is very layered -- I've resisted that for many years thinking it to be too mod for me, but I caved. You get more adventurous when you retire!

      Snowdrop does seem without the baby chunk, doesnt she? The parents weighed her at her 2 month moment yesterday and she is at the 50th percentile (I believe it was 11lb4oz), but it must be all muscle! :)

  2. The first and last of the Snowdrop pictures look to be right out of a baby yoga class! Cool!!!

    1. Oh, funny! As soon as she stands, we must show her downward dog! She's got the savasana mastered already!

    2. Perfect! And then there's what my yoga teachers call Child's Pose :^)

      And speaking of perfect... your comment about getting more adventurous after retirement is so right on!

  3. Strange. I know I commented on this post last night... I said something about Snowdrop's tummy muscles being strong, with holding her legs up like that.

    Yes, she does look more sleek in that onesie. Maybe it's not as full-cut or the fabric isn't as heavy.

    1. Nothing came through until now, snowfleurry! Glad you stopped by again!

  4. I do like tyour haircut! Little Snowdrop has the cutest expressions looking sort of sideways at us, the readers. Really precious.


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