Another layer of snow

Another layer of snow

This morning we woke to an absolutely gorgeous winter wonderland.

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For the first time so far this winter, the tree branches hung onto a pretty thick layer of new fluffy snow. I have to admit that is my favorite part about snow. There truly is nothing prettier than white covering the darker hue of the branches.

IMG_3047 editWithin a few hours the snow began falling from the trees making it look like it was snowing again. IMG_3053 edit IMG_3060 edut

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I’m so glad Lucy and I woke when we did this morning, a little after 7 a.m. to witness the beauty and quietness of a fresh snowfall from the night before.

We probably received another 5 inches of snow. This of course was on top of the layer of snow, yes even ice, that has been on the ground since Monday, Feb. 16. We have had snow on the ground for 11 days!

I’m so proud of Lucy. She is getting the hang of going outside running crazy in the snow and even going to the bathroom IN THE SNOW! This morning when we ventured outside the snow was a little deeper than we both expected. Her legs disappeared as she walked to find a spot to go to the bathroom. My little short leg puppy.

IMG_3064 editShe loves eating the snow, which is comical. Her new favorite game . . . chasing after snowballs.

Here are a few pictures from this morning. She needed to go outside and let off some steam . . . and well I needed to walk away from my desk.

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And then the running began .  . . my favorite picture of today . . . her running mid-stride towards me with her ears flapping . . .

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Here are a few more pictures from this morning of the snow that blanketed our backyard and the fence that runs the distance of the yard.

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IMG_3063 editThe snow is absolutely gorgeous to look at . . . but I have to admit I am ready for the spring to come, as well as the sunshine and warmer temperatures.

 

Fun in the snow

Fun in the snow

Yesterday was the first day in almost a week temperatures rose above freezing.

We started the week off with Winter Storm Octavia, which brought a good amount of snow on Monday that never really melted as the week went on. After we went to bed Friday, we woke up to even more snow the following morning, thanks to Winter Storm Pandora. A good portion of Saturday morning, the snow came down rather hard, leaving probably about 8 inches of snow on the ground.

After Jason got home from his day of work, Lucy and I joined him outside for some fun in the snow. The temperatures, although cold, were bearable enough to build a snowman, and let Lucy play.

Poor Lucy hasn’t had much exercise all week-long, well, besides running circles in the house. With the below freezing temperatures, I pretty much let her outside to go to the bathroom and then we were inside again.

Needless to say, she let loose once we took the leash off, jumping as high as she could through the snow.

The snow that fell Saturday was good packing snow, so I made a few snowballs and threw them in the air. Lucy took off chasing it trying to find where it landed. There was a couple of times she found the indent in the snow . . . The best part was watching her take a huge bite out of the snowball enjoying a rather cold drink.

So here are a few pictures of Lucy’s time in the snow . . .

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Lucy3 Jason found a stick, which Lucy enjoyed playing with too.

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It was pretty funny watching her chase after the stick, but not knowing where it landed. After the stick hit the top layer of the snow it sunk enough so it was out of sight.

So here’s the result, Lucy’s head in the snow.

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Lucy head in snow2We also built a snowman while we were out in the snow. Lucy thought the snowmen’s arms were her toys . . .

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Lucy and snowmanAfter being stuck in the house all week long it felt good to get outdoors for a little bit. I definitely had a case of cabin fever this week. I’m ready for the snow to melt, so I can head back out for my weekly running on the Greenbelt. This month has definitely been hard sticking to my weekly routine with the blast of winter!

Here are a few more snow pictures from around our house.

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Lucy’s first snow experience

Lucy’s first snow experience

Yesterday, Feb. 16, Kingsport received its first good snow this winter as Winter Storm Octavia crossed our region. It started snowing yesterday morning and remained pretty consistent into the evening after the sun went down.

There were numerous times throughout the day that the falling snowflakes caught my attention, distracting me from working on my articles at my desk.

The best part of the storm has been watching Lucy, our year-old puppy, try to figure out what’s going on. She doesn’t quite understand that she can go to the bathroom on top of the snow. She’s been desperately looking for her grass.

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So here’s last night’s snowy conditions through Lucy’s eyes . . .

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Lucy’s paw prints . . . IMG_2922 editBefore the sun went down they closed off our road right in front of the house to the left of us. It was probably for the best, it gets pretty windy after our driveway.

IMG_2920 editJason, Lucy and I walked down the road, so I could take a few pictures, which of course was after Lucy ran around the backyard in the snow.

The result . . . priceless . . .

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This morning after Lucy and I woke up we ventured back outside into a little deeper snow. Our poor little girl didn’t quite know what to do. Every step she took, she sunk covering her belly in snow and covering her poor paws. She instantly went to all the corners of our property where she normally goes to the bathroom and couldn’t find the grass.

Again . . . here is our snowy morning through Lucy’s eyes . . . .

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IMG_2957 editWe came inside and I bundled her up near our little space heater where she fell fast asleep.

Here are a few more snow pictures from around our house.

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IMG_2910 editI would guess we got between 5 to 7 inches yesterday. Hopefully we can make a snowman later when Jason gets home.

“Arguably stand the test of time”

Murals highlight Jonesborough events

Published in Herald & Tribune June 3, 2014 issue

A splash of color has been added to the wrought iron fence behind Boone Street Market bringing additional character to downtown Jonesborough through the images of murals.

McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons said an unveiling of the murals took place May 23 in conjunction with The Farmers Market open house.

“The plaza has been redone for a couple of years now,” she said. “The original idea was to have the murals there. It really makes the plaza look fantastic.”

Bill Bledsoe, who designed the four murals, said the Town of Jonesborough had asked him if he had any ideas for the metal dividers that are a part of the accent wall. He said over the years he and his wife have walked past the buildings and dividers more than 100 times, as ideas have formulated in his mind of what could be done.

Since there are so many events that take place in Jonesborough that are related to seasons, he thought each panel could represent winter, spring, summer and fall.

“I created an illustration that references the Garden Gala, the Jonesborough Days, storytelling and the Progressive Dinners,” Bledsoe said.

The first series of murals was created as miniature drawings. He said those original pieces were enlarged and received very well.

In an effort to involve students from both the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts and Providence Academy, Bledsoe drew out the schematic of the image in thick black marker. He said the idea was to have the youngsters paint between the lines in any color they chose.

Thirty students from the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center contributed to one of the murals, while Bledsoe’s students from Providence Academy left their artistic touches on the remaining three.

“We had students this semester that were taking basic drawing, studio art, hand building clay and mosaic classes,” Hammons said.

She said the McKinney Center hosted a student art exhibition reception on May 8, which also included the opportunity for the students to paint some color onto the mural.

“All of those students came that evening and helped paint the murals,” Hammons said. “We had refreshments and drinks, and then they painted.”

Bledsoe also worked with his secondary students at Providence throughout the week so they could be included in the process. He said his students were intimately involved in the process as they watched him work on the mural, as well as having a personal hand in the creation.

“They watched me compose it and do it as a blind contour and refine it and develop the line drawing,” Bledsoe said.

The students used the primary colors of red, yellow and blue paints for the murals.

“When you look at all those oranges, greens and purples, they were all made from red, yellow and blue,” he said.

Once the colors, drawings and sayings were completed on the murals, Bledsoe painted a glaze on top.

“I had to go back on top of them and work on them,” he said. “I did layers, so the writing and colors could be seen when you get up close to it.”

Bledsoe said he was very happy with how the murals turned out, especially the Jonesborough Days mural, which was his favorite.

“It is so powerful when you look at it from a distance,” he said. “When you get up to it, you see the colors.”

The murals, Bledsoe said are pieces of artwork that can arguably stand the test of time and mean something to the people of Jonesborough for years to come.

Karen Childress, executive director of Boone Street Market, said in conjunction with the unveiling of the artwork and the celebration of the beautification of the plaza, Jonesborough Locally Grown announced that the renovation and expansion of the Boone Street Market will begin in June.

“The reason we are at the jumping off point (and) able to start renovation, is that Jonesborough Locally Grown has had a successful fundraising campaign, raising close to $80,000 earmarked for the building renovation through the support of individuals, civic clubs, organizations, businesses and the county commission,” she said.

Those who attended the store “before” open house also had an opportunity to see the building before renovations began, as well as an opportunity to preview the project’s floor plan.

Childress said they are turning the garage area into the sales and display floor for the grocery store area, which will have an assortment of food products produced within 100 miles of Jonesborough. The floor plan also showed the current restroom area being gutted and turned into kitchen space.

“The current entry door will be an itsy bitsy cafe area as you go into the store,” Childress said.

The building will also have the addition of new restrooms and storage areas.

“The whole store idea is not a replacement of the Saturday market, it’s an expansion of it,” she said. “It will compliment the Saturday market.”

An announcement also was made regarding the Friends of Locally Grown during the “before” open house. Memberships are $50 annually and are available at the Saturday market or online at http://www.jonesborough.locallygrown.net.

Childress said the memberships will support the start up and ongoing operating costs of the store and Jonesborough Locally Grown. All members will receive a 5 percent discount on store purchases once the store opens.

The market is tentatively scheduled to open sometime in July, and a job description for a full-time manager to staff the store will be publicized in June.

 

Frozen

This morning Jason woke me up as the sun was rising, so we could see more of Kingsport covered in snow. He’s so good to me, on his day off he woke up much earlier than on the days he works, just so I could see the sunrise.

It was beautiful, oranges filled the sky as the sun slowly made its way up. I don’t know if it was the sunrise that made me smile, or that the sun was actually making an appearance today.

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One of the ducks was laying in the snow, which instantly made me cold. IMG_1033

Every time I see and hear the ducks it takes me back to when I lived on the farm in Illinois. Mom had a duck, pure white, named Matilda. It used to lay on the pool cover in the winter and talk to Mom all the time. So Mom, you consumed my thoughts this  morning, you were with me as I watched the ducks do their thing.

Shortly after I spotted the first duck on the bank, I heard quite a few more chatting as the swam. A cluster slowly made its way down to where I was standing, sinking in the snow.

IMG_1034Part of Reedy Creek was frozen on the Greenbelt this morning, which only reminded me just how cold it was outside. It was really pretty to see snow around the creek and on the trees. Another beautiful moment created by this Winter Storm Leon.

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I’m glad Jason woke us up early so we could see more of the snow that swept through the area yesterday. That same quietness that I heard last night, surrounded me again as I stood by the creek this morning. As the sun made its way through the trees, the white glistened, promising a beautiful day. A spray of snow started to sweep off the trees as the sun began to melt what accumulated on the branch, creating another beautiful sight to see.

I’m glad Jason and I moved to the mountains and got to experience the seasons this year. The fall was absolutely breathtaking with the change of colors and the winter, well I still don’t know how to put into words the beauty that it holds, that white coverage.

When we arrived back home, Jason’s car said -2 . . . yep this Florida girl had enough of the cold for a couple of hours. I think I might just admire the view from the windows of our warm home for a little bit.

Surrounded by quiet

My mom asked me the other day if it seems quieter with snow on the ground. Tonight as I stood on the front porch, I was engulfed by the quiet as I admired the view of snow. IMG_1016

It’s hard to explain how peaceful it is looking at snow. All of the noise seemed to disappear as I stood there in the extremely cold temperatures. That’s another thing, I had three layers on, a hat and gloves and I didn’t notice how cold I was until I snapped that last picture. I was mesmerized, the snow was almost twinkling as the light cascaded off the pure white.

Jason came out with me at first, but since I had his jacket on, he quickly went back inside.

That’s when I was completely engulfed, lost in my own thoughts.

IMG_1019As the snow slowly comes to a stop, Jason said we got about 5 inches of snow in some parts of the property today.

All I want to do is explore more, take more pictures and capture this first true snow storm of ours in Tennessee.

I would have walked around to the back of our townhouse, but when Jason said some parts had 5 inches of snow, I figured I better wait until the morning.

I hope to wake up as the sun comes up to see how the light plays on the snow that has now covered everything.

Although I was stuck at home for the majority of the day, I was extremely entertained by the snow. I’m glad I work from home and have the option of doing phone interviews, or email interviews for that point.

I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings, what kind of new memories I can capture for Jason and I to look back on when talking about our first winter in Tennessee.

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Warm deliciousness

I finally found a cure for my coldness, which had taken a hold as soon as I left the house this morning . . .

As I stepped outside to head to work, the crisp air sent me straight back into the house to dress a little warmer for the day ahead. Once I turned the car on it reveled that the temperature was 49 degrees, which instantly gave me the chills.

While I drove to work with heat filling the car, the thought of moving to a colder climate consumed my thoughts. How am I going to handle 20 and 30-degree weather if my body cannot handle the 40s? That thought was instantly answered with warmer clothes, lots of blankets and hopefully a newfound tolerance of cold weather, haha. Many of the apartments and homes we have been looking at include a fireplace, which will be nice to have, another way to keep me warm.

Those thoughts then were instantly erased with . . . I look forward to the colder months every year . . . what are you worried about?

The opportunity to witness seasons once again – winter included, even if that does include snow – is one of the main reasons I am looking forward to our move to Tennessee. It will be fun to experience a new climate.

Although the heat was already warming the office once I arrived, thanks to my thoughtful co-worker, my body and fingers remained cold making it hard to type. As the hours ticked by, the coldness never went away . . . which lead me to the perfect solution . . . soup.

As I took a bite of my first spoonful of warm homemade tomato basil soup from the deli, my body instantly thanked me as I warmed up. I’m always excited to see the soup grace the deli’s website every week because it is the best tomato basil soup in town.

What a wonderful cure, spoonfuls of pure deliciousness.

My cure of course gave me another solution … I will just have to keep the cabinets filled with soup and find recipes to make it from scratch as we go through our first winter in NE Tennessee.