Friday, April 20, 2007

Silver thaw

Today has been stressful. Very stressful.

It started out with the world being coated in ice this morning and spending 20 minutes chipping into the car aided by letting the heater run at full blast inside and wasting more of that ever-increasingly pricey gasoline.

Freezing rain - or drizzle in this case - is expected and dreaded in April in Newfoundland. Its treacherous, bowing trees and turning steps, walks, roads and car parks into skating rinks. The silver lining of it, is that if the sun comes out, the world turns into a glittering crystal of blinding light and there is nothing more beautiful. Provided you can still remain upright while viewing it.
This is the view of the 'garden' from my dining room window. Yes, that's still snow melting out there. Its in a shadier section and is much slower to go.

Its a bit funny calling it a garden, as the land stretches around the house encompassing 15.5 acres. A section of the land behind the house was enclosed by a fence to keep the old dog from wandering off and getting lost and also serves to keep the moose from eating flowers too.

The next section of my day from hell was work. I should not go into detail, knowing that things written online can come back to bite you on the ass. Suffice to say, electronics, staff and workload all play a role in creating my own little pit of fun.

So I drew a little when I came home. A friend's birthday is coming up soon and I hope to do a little nostalgia trip for it. This is an image of him as a teenager who was guitar-mad and still is, so I'll work on putting this into motion and see if I can pull it off. This is a quick line drawing to get a feel for the portrait. Whether it is forty years ago or yesterday, adolescents don't seem to change much do they? I see today, yesterday and the future in this drawing.


Mary said...

What beautiful pictures but I don't think I envy anyone living in such cold weather. Your cat picture is precious too Jeanette, you always take some wonderful pictures.

"JeanneG" said...

You have a beautiful view out of your window. I don't envy you the ice. I walk with a limp and have trouble staying upright just on uneven ground. Not about to try it when slippery.

I lived in Oregon for 4 years, and they have black ice. You can't see it on the road until you are right on it. After hearing the natives complain, I was scared to death to drive on it.

Stacy said...

Jeanette, I thought it was bad having rain and 40s. I'd be really going crazy if we still had snow on the ground!! I hope you have a less stressful day today and I hope the warm weather we are finally having is heading your way.

suncage said...

"Chin up"

Don't worry about the little things...

I had one coffee too many and am listening to the dawn chorus, knowing that I'll fall asleep when it's time to go out.
I ought to care but don't, so thanks for being there...