March 21, 2017

Hello Spring

Hi there,

Yesterday was the first day of spring. And late last week three feet of snow fell; it will be awhile before we see blossoms like these, but, hey, a girl can dream. The good news: each day brings with it twelve hours of daylight.

A snowy white world.
Recently, I was hanging out at a bird feeder, but most of the birds were too fast for me and my camera. Since I can't take pictures with gloves on, my hands were freezing but I enjoyed watching my feathered friends.
The robins have arrived and they look bewildered because of the snow. I saw two pecking at old berries. If the temps stay above zero, hopefully the snow will melt soon and they can get to the business of feeding on succulent worms. In the meantime, they could use some help. As far as I know they will eat raisins, apple slices, berries and the pet stores should have meal worms for sale.

A Starling tries to get a big mouthful of seeds. Obviously, he thinks he can snip the wires with his beak, or maybe he's just angry because he's hungry.

I emailed a few photos and a photo of a painting off to Vistaprint to have stickers and this calendar made. Not quite the calendar I had in mind, but it will do for this year. In case you are thinking of getting stickers ( not shown) made from photos, the high gloss are very nice.

WIP ~ A Botanical Blue
The mess on the desk. Yes, I've been drawing aliens too. Meet Srinda and Zelgog.
Apparently radio signals have been coming in from a certain area in the Milky Way. Speculation is rife. So far I've heard it may be from a neutron star (Hence the star in my cartoon drawing), stellar bursts, etc. etc. Further speculation:  the signals may be from a planet in the Goldilocks zone ( not too hot, or to cold).  All that info made my head hurt and drove me to doodle aliens. :^)

"Spring has returned.  The Earth is like a child that knows poems."-Rainer Maria Rilke

And . . . from yours truly.

Cultivate a dream.
Thanks for reading along.  Have a lovely week . . .


  1. Anonymous7:38 pm

    Your Rilke quote was on Facebook today. A lovely quote, isn't it. I'm reading A Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. It's very interesting. Hoffman seems to like ghosts, demons and the stuff of other worlds. She refers to them a great deal both in this book and in her masterpiece, 'The Dovekeepers'. Love your blog, Dixie. Love, Joannie

  2. I was so excited for you when I saw the first photo....but then I read on. Not to worry, lovely Dixie, Spring has got to arrive soon....surely. Love your WIP and as for Srinda and Zelgog, how fascinating they are. Happy doodling. Oh, I your gorgeous header.

  3. Only been a few days, but I hope by now spring is winning in your area. Snow melted I hope. We are finally getting our deserved hints of sunshine and warmer temps. YES and lighter longer. Love your blog as always. You never disappoint, be it birdies or aliens. Funny. Wish I could put up our bird feeder where we had a lot of action, but this week alone I've trapped seven mice in the basement and attic. I feel bad about it, but we can't deal with rodents in the house. At least we can have hummingbird feeders. I have three and they are busy. Dixie -- I love your passion for nature no matter what time of year. Always a pleasure to drop by. Hugs

  4. I hope it is getting warmer and you are surrounded by spring already. Beautiful photos! Poor little birdie must have been really hungry. Lovely calendar, such a sweet bird. I wonder what it is saying to the butterfly. Thanks for sharing your sketches. Love Srinda and Zelgog!! I always enjoy seeing a snapshot of your desk and your sketchbook :)



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