Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Day 12.069: Classy girls

On Wednesdays, I generally end up bringing the girls home together as Exile #3's class helping with the little ballerinas and Exile #4's karate class finish around the same time.

Today, Exile #3 was wearing some dramatic eye make-up for "Wacky Wednesday" in the dance school "Spirit Week", Exile #4 was looking her normal kick-you-in-the-face self (slightly reduced by a bemused smile).

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Day 12.068: Last (full) day of winter

According to my sources, the equinox is just 20 hours away making today the last full day of winter (as reckoned in the US anyway). A lot of our snow has gone - E5N1's snowman is just about still identifiable. We have realistic expectations of March in Maine, but we are ready for spring!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Day 12.067: Winter turkeys

We see groups of wild turkeys fairly often, but I don't remember seeing them in the winter so much in past years. Here is an example:

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Day 12.066: Exile #2's Sunday Column #241

Exile #2 writes...

It was a varied morning at church. Exile #1 and I performed a song, and I also assisted a member of our congregation, who is fluent in ASL, to teach our kids to sign a song. They picked it up pretty fast and then shared it in the second service.

This afternoon, we treated ourselves to a movie trip. In fact, it turned out to be more of a treat than expected because the theater had been newly fitted out with some very squishy, very large, reclining seats. Not only did these seats lean back but they also had a footrest that you could raise. It was really quite luxurious!

We were there, perhaps not too surprisingly to see Captain Marvel. No spoilers here, but there was a full complement of happy Exiles afterwards.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Day 12.065: Icy still

The days have been much warmer, the nights have been much less cold and we even had a little thunderstorm last night. We're starting to believe that the snow might disappear soon, even though a few days ago it still seemed to have a very firm grip where it had not been shoveled or plowed or otherwise cleared.

So, I was not sure what we would find when we made it down to the river this morning, but it is still frozen and a place for the gulls to stand rather than swim:

I suspect that will not be the case for much longer.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Day 12.064: Algorithmically generated

I've got to hand it to the people at Google Photos who created the code that generated this:

Unless there's a person poring over all my photos, in which case, "Thanks!" and "Stop snooping!"

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Day 12.063: Dark and white

Thanks to the time-change it was dark when we set out for our walk this morning. Thanks to an overnight coating of snow, it was quite white too.

The new snow didn't last long once the sun came up, but we got to enjoy it (and there is still plenty of snow-pack on the ground to remind us that spring is not here yet).

Even in the early light, the new snow was half an inch deep or more in places and then inexplicably absent in others: