“Come with me into the woods where spring is
advancing, as it does, no matter what,
not being singular or particular, but one
of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.”
Mary Oliver you’re wrong, you’re dead (may you rest in peace), & you’re dead wrong about any Spring advancing this morning.
April 14th, 9am, this is what’s outside my window………..
(DeKalb County, Illinois)
Ma Nature has given us one helluva week here in northern Illinois. Not amusing. Not amusing at all.
The week began wonderful. Warm, balmy, almost seemed like we were in Florida. 70 degrees F. Munchie & I went out into the wild to get some letterboxing done across the border in Wisconsin & to find some barn quilt squares on the northern end of DeKalb County.
Success on both endeavors. One must always begin an adventure with mismatched socks. Mismatched socks assure success.
Socks on our feet, we were on our way.
Followed clues & found 9 letterboxes, most of them in Wisconsin, a couple just south of the border in Illinois.
The next day, Munchie (Diva Pekingese) & I went in search of barn quilt squares. The weather was still perfect. These are all from farms in northern DeKalb County. You can see the gorgeous sunny day.
(Cabin Fever barn quilt square)
(Blue Arrowhead barn quilt square)
(Rolling Star barn quilt square)
Then we woke up to gloom, cold, & wind.
(7th Street railroad crossing, DeKalb, Illinois)
The only thing colorful about the day was the graffiti on the train cars.
So that day was to be an indoor adventure. Headed over to the thrift store &, for $14, picked up 3 dresses, 3 shirts, 1 t-shirt, & 4 scarves. All of which have now been washed, dried, & await being deconstructed & reconstructed / repurposed into art and/or new clothes.
Next day, the rain had stopped but the wind took over from the rain in abusing the county. Munchie & I headed out to Kauffman’s turkey farm. The Diva was bored stiff, but oh well. She’s not allowed on the property when the turkeys are running around. That would be too stressful for the turkeys. But they won’t be born until mid-June or so. If she were allowed there when the turkeys were running around, I know she wouldn’t be the least bit bored, but I was only there long enough to pick up a bunch of turkey brats & turkey Italian sausage. (They have a store on the farm to sell their turkey products — excellent turkey stuff from excellent turkeys.)
The trip there & back took awhile because of the wind. It felt like all 4 tires of the Chevy were gonna lift right off the ground & we should’ve been able to fly the 23 miles to the farm. The least Ma Nature could’ve done was save me some gas money.
And now, Sunday morning, after 2 days of wind blowing the Diva off her little paws, we have this. Anywhere from 2 to 4 inches predicted. I don’t even wanna know what Ma Nature has planned for tomorrow. Munchie & I might just go ahead & sleep in.