Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Stained Glass - Art mirroring nature

Kagiso (which means "peace" in Swahili)
is one of Roberta's earliest pieces, and is my

favorite.
Our dear friend, Roberta Walbert, has taken up the art of stained glass mosaics. We just purchased two of her pieces, and have been coveting several more. When I initially looked at her art, I was reminded of the kaleidoscope art that Drew created from some of my photos of flowers and fields. I love stained glass, yet have seen so little of it in my lifetime, and then only in churches. Much of Roberta's work is of star bursts and floral patterns, often with an influence from different cultures. I am fascinated by the unfolding of the patterns as they expand from the center of each piece. And, each piece looks so different when backlit by sunlight. We still don't know where we will hang the artwork, and that will be accomplished this weekend. What we do know is that each piece is all the more special because it was created by someone whom we treasure in our lives. NOTE: I just took quick photos, which do not do the artwork justice. See better representations of them on Roberta's website!
Kantyi (means "simple" - an Australian Aboriginal design)
This photo was taken with no light behind it.
Kantyi will be hung in a window, probably in my massage room, which faces south. We are thrilled with the change in color that sunlight will have on it as the sun progresses through the day. It is gorgeous!
Kantyi was held up to the ceiling light with the upper half
of it illuminated. I can't wait to see it in the window!



More Snow

Snow Total thus far: 35.5"
Snow from this storm: 5.5"

Friday, February 5, 2016

Snow Total

Snow Total thus far this winter = 30"
Snow total from this storm = 9.5"

Snow Day # 1

We were in the 3 to 5 inch range at 7am. Then, at 10 am, we were in the
4 to 8 inch range. Finally, at 12:30 pm, we have been upgraded to 
the 6 to 10 inch range for snowfall.
We finally have our first snow day of the year! It has been a long time coming with all this warm weather we've been having. This was such a pleasant surprise as I was needing an extra day off due to working too many long hours of late.
We were getting almost exactly 1" of snow per hour from 7 am through 12:30 pm, but now we are getting over 1" per hour and had 6.5 " of snow at 1 pm.

We are back to 1" per hour and have 7.5" at 2 pm.

We have 9" of snow at 3:30 pm.

We have 9.5" at 4:45 pm. A snowmobile just went screaming by, at quite a fast speed, on the road.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

This day in history - Last year's snow amount

Just to put it in perspective... On Jan. 30, 2015, we had a snow storm giving us 7" of snow, and it was our 5th school snow day off, of the season. This brought us up to a total of 64" of snow thus far.  We were just getting into a very weak El Nino cycle back then. Now, in 2016, El Nino is strong and we are having a much warmer, and less snowy year. Geez...what a difference a year will make;-)

Tiny snow shower

Snow Total thus far: 20.5"
We got 1" of heavy, wet snow overnight.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pond Ice

Drew checks out the ice. View looking toward the north.
Caesar Pond has nice, thick ice, but it is bumpy as all get-out! We have had many windy days, and as the last batch of snow was getting blown around, it compacted unevenly. This left the ice difficult to walk on, and impossible to skate on. We'll have to wait for more, dare I say it...rain to smooth things over. Or, better yet, a big dump of snow!