Sunday, March 17, 2013

Winter: Now and Then

A year ago today we went over to Connecticutt and picked up our half corgi/half something else rescue puppy Winter.  Needless to say she has grown a great deal in the past year.  The little tan spots have come out since November.  She has brought us extreme amounts of joy and has turned out to be a great deer chaser!  Deer and squirrels are her nemeses.

Winter, 3/17/13

Winter, 3/17/12
Spring was much earlier last year.  The daffodils were in full bloom and other perennials we getting ready to flower.  This year the flowers are up, but shivering.

My studio is still pretty cold, but if I wait until about 11:00 AM  the sun and my little heater have warmed things enough so I can work there.  The trouble with a cement slab floor is that it takes forever to warm enough to be comfortable.  The same thing is an advantage in July; the floor helps keep things cool.

Obviously, this is clay waiting to be wedged.  I swear that my next clay purchase is going to be a pug mill......someday!  We'll see, Grasshopper......we'll see.

Speaking of grasshoppers, I hope people are following Robin Hopper on his blog.  This week's post is about Mocha Diffusions  and no, it has nothing to do with coffee.

Below is a photo of me with my favorite helper cat, Aloysius, First he jumps up on my shoulders to rearrange my hair, then he has to add his opinions to whatever I am working on.  Disconcerting still, after three years.  What would I do without my little elves?

And last, but certainly not least,  Happy Saint Patrick's Day to one and all.  We will be celebrating with Irish whisky smoked salmon, soda bread and zeppola....not in that order.(We've eaten up the corned beef!)  The zeppola are really to celebrate Saint Joseph's Day on March 19, but this being Rhode Island with large Italian and Irish populations the celebratory food and drink generally is combined for both days.

Below are my shamrocks.....I'm not sure that they're really shamrocks, but they are lobed like shamrocks.  If the shoe fits.......

It looks like it's going to be another sunny, but cool day.  I hope all are enjoying good weather in their parts of the world.

This rather disjointed post will also be over on  Mud Colony.  There's always something interesting to be found there.  I hope you will take a look.

Enjoy the day, and as always, thanks for stopping by............*s*


  1. I've got the same purple shamrocks, and am ashamed to say they're dying. Winter is so cute...and now spots! I am glad I don't have a shoulder climbing cat like you do, I'd just have a heart attack right there!

  2. WE are having your early spring here and I am loving it.
    Sorry- I am not giving it back!
    Cats- they are so helpful?

  3. Hi Barbara....They may just be heading for dormancy. They have little corms or bulbs. The gardener who gave me mine plants them in her garden every year and takes them up in the fall. You could try lifting them and replanting in a few weeks. On the other hand, maybe they are just fed up with everything!

  4. Happy St. Patty's Day! Winter is so cute. It's such fun to watch a puppy grow.

  5. Hi Meredith.....Wellll, I guess you can keep your early spring!

    Hi Michele.....I wish I could get Winter's expression when she is puzzled....her reflection is a mystery!

  6. What a cutie! We loved our corgi so many years ago, their spirit is just the best. We are trudging along here in Ohio. Still too cold to garden. Peas are supposed go in on St Paddy's day, not this year! Last year it was in the high 70's..... This year 26 and snowing! Rolling with the weather gods"....happy wedging!

  7. Hi Sandy...Winter has that Corgi attitude..."What! I'm a big dog; can't you see?" attitude. As you can see from last year's photos spring was full strength. I don't think the ground is thawed enough to get a shovel into it this year.

  8. Winter is wonderful and you and your cat, happy Spring to you. I have no idea what zeppola is so I must look it up.

  9. First, I thought you are wearing fur! Lovely photo! :)

  10. Hi Gary.....Love Winter, but not winter.

    Hi Linda.....A zeppole is a very light donut split and filled with some sort of vanilla cream and topped with a cherry. It's a good thing they are only found at this time of year!

    Hi Midori....Aloysius thinks he is a fur piece!

  11. Winter is adorable (your sweet pup not the season...I am a little upset the season Winter didn't quite hand the reins over to Spring yet here in New England no matter what the calendar says lol) Enjoying your posts as it is my first time here so I was back tracking a bit.
    What a cute little dog, love corgis and that mix turned out to be so very cute!
    My pups are up in a post right now fighting over a sweater as, well I'll be redundant ...still feels like Winter ( the season) here in New England LOL. Nice to have found you!

  12. Winter looks like such a dear -- so CUTE!

  13. that you? Thanks for stopping by!


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