Tonight’s Version of Doing The Work

Tonight at the Sunday Night Writing Group, while everyone else was sprinting away on their fiction, I was plowing through files full of poetry. I made two new files: one for haiku and the other for poems which struck me as worth revisiting/editing. Perhaps I should have just dumped all non-haiku poems in there but oh well.

Anyway, I managed to do two years, 2013 and 2014 and was glad to revisit some poems and a whole lot of haiku. Stripping out all the returns and dividers there were about 1400 lines of haiku (there were a few lines of links/inspirational material and quotes etc in there too).

Phew. Two down, at least three more to go. And National Poetry Writing Month is out there on the near horizon!

In Other Neighborhood News

I have freed the mailbox!

adventures in blue and yellow – now dry

but this time in paint. They change so much in the first 24 hours and of course scanning is better than handheld photos. First one is a quarter-sheet size – 12″ x 16″, second an eighth or so. Third one is still being experimented on.

Light and Clouds

Today I saw an impressive cloud stack to the north while I was driving home:

In my rear-view mirror I caught glimpses of the sun and clouds settling to a bright colorful show before sunset. All I could think was – hmmm that would be fun to do with paint! These photos were taken while pretty wet. Maybe there will be more to do when it’s all dry – we’ll see.

Snow Day

Today is my regular day off but turns out the world is pretty much closed today too. Colonie Center closed early and after letting people show up for work, Crossgates closed too. Must seriously be coming into the end times for that to happen.

Anyway, I’d gone and done regular grocery shopping yesterday. The shelves of Hannaford were pretty well stocked on a Monday morning but the aisles were filled with people I don’t normally encounter. Some were snow-panic buying but most were just a little… odd. Met two quilting friends along the aisles paid for my stuff and got out in time to have lunch with mom. Definitely able to stay the course and eat well at home. The liquor store was closed though due to water damage so there’s a wine shortage. oh no! No, it’s ok. Really.

Stopped at Staples who had no pink index cards but I got the nice young woman in the printing section to cut up a half-ream of card stock so I could send out pink postcards tomorrow. (the mail will be running right? neither rain nor snow nor dark of night???)

So far today I’ve shoveled once, trying to keep up with the plowed pile at the end of the driveway. Grateful for my OR gaiters that I’d gotten for my trip to Wales – keep the snow out and my legs warm!

Now I’m in for awhile, drinking hot tea and thinking about what to do next.

Morning

There is nothing like looking up and seeing a bald eagle fly over, (middle-bridge Brainard) gleaming in the bright morning light. 

Later in my commute I spotted a pileated woodpecker flying over I-90 west of exit 6. 

Behold! First Crocus!

I had just enough time to get the camera and take some pics before the wind started howling. Welcome in March! There are only a few species crocus that have put themselves into the front lawn. They’re tough birds but tiny – those are sunflower seeds around the one view. They last a few days and they’re gone.