Sunday, February 21, 2010

Get Ready to Spring Forward

Daylight Savings Time is coming (to most US states) March 14, 2010.

Here's a reminder graphic to help you remember to change your clocks  to one hour AHEAD when you go to bed on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

You can find lots more of my original clip art, coloring pages and paper crafts printables at LeeHansen.com. All are free for personal or classroom use.

Daylight Savings Time clip art

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Spring is Coming - the Craft Fairs are Calling

This time of year is the hardest for me. I get tired of the cold and want the weather to start getting warmer. I look for little signals from Mother Nature every day - birds start to sing a bit instead of silently looking for food; maple tree buds begin to swell ever so slightly as the sap starts rising (and in New England I see the spiles and sap buckets hanging to capture the excess); and finally the snow starts to look like grey sand as it compacts and gets hard just before finally giving up its grip on the road side.

Another harbinger of spring is starting to appear: calls for artists and crafters for this season's upcoming fairs, festivals and art shows. The first one to arrive in my email is from the Bizarre Bazaar Boston folks, who kindly sent along news and a call for artists and performers for ArtBeat 2010, presented by Somerville (MA) Arts Council. "During the heat of summer (held on the third weekend in July), artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals. ArtBeat includes music, performance art, craft vendors, dance, theater, food, and a whole more."

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bite Me, and Happy New Year, too

Okay, I love to draw, and humor is a major element in my illustrations. Every now and then I come across another artist's work that makes me LOL - and here's the one that did it for me today.

SnowPocalypse Live in Southeastern PA - February 10, 2010

We got 22 inches according to the measuring stick on our deck. Here's a shot of Mother Nature working hard to deliver the second punch of heavy snow to our area in 4 days - in a region where they don't generally know how to handle snow, and usually just wait for it to stop before plowing (or not - they like, just let it melt). I'd rather be in New England.


This storm arrived for dinner on Tuesday, just a few hours after I finished clearing the leftover ice and snow on the walks, steps, roof edges and deck from a weekend storm that dumped 12 inches at our house (much more just miles south of us).

I hear that Vermont has no snow - and the Olympics is also suffering a snow drought. You can have ours ...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bird Buddies in the Blizzard


Got a chance to snap some new bird photographs during the blizzard today. We feed the birds all winter and today they were practically knocking on the door for breakfast, lunch and dinner as snow fell fast and heavy - an inch or more an hour. Lucky for them, we stocked up on black oil sunflower seeds before the snow storm.

In Honor of Today's Weather - Let It Snow!

Are we in Florida?

Once again, Pennsylvania has fallen down and can't get up because it's snowing. The governor has closed all the interstate highways, roads are all but impassable, and we're waiting for the power to go out. This is a heavy snowfall but it was well forecast and there was plenty of time to prepare. Most citizens did just that, but if you don't actually plow the snow when it falls, guess what happens?  Cars and trucks get stuck, have accidents, and all hell breaks loose until you clear the roads.

Oh, did I mention this isn't the first time? Happy Anniversary PADOT. Pennsylvania Valentine's Snowstorm Disaster of 2007 has returned ...

Gads, I miss New Hampshire and Vermont!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

This Weather's for the Birds


Every year at about this time my patience with ol' man Winter runs thin. I get tired of the cold days and chillier nights. I long for warmer days, more sunshine, and time to dig in the garden soil. Thank God for the birds. They brighten our days all year long, but in the dead of winter they're out there in the garden and visiting the bird feeders we keep filled with their favorite foods.

Here's to the birds who visit our gardens and bird feeders all year long. They're willing to let me get close enough to take lots of bird photographs and videos. They brighten up dreary days, and in the worst of weather - cold, snowy sleet or rainy days - they're chirping, and hopping about, and stopping by for a snack and a pose.