According to climatology, the second week in February is the coldest month of the year. We got snow, apparently along with a lot of other people. Since our cabin is at the end of a bit of a drive, we were semi-snowed-in for three days. I passed the time embroidering a Manduca hornworm and providing handouts to the yard birds.
I also put together this small pattern of a snowflake, which you are welcome to play with. In case you have some interest in snowflakes, check out W. A. Bentley’s photographs, who provided the original image that I used. Bentley lived around the turn of the 1900s in rural Vermont as a farmer and obsessive snowflake photographer. Also, give a 15 minute listen to NPR’s Radiolab discussing Mr. Bentley. I suggest embroidering the snowflake (which you may download here) while listening to it. Also, tea should be involved. And a cookie. Should take about a half hour or so. Next week, I hope to have spent a day out looking for snakes, as it is supposed to be in the 70’s. I hope the turtles come back.