Bundle Up

Nightime temperatures in the low teens and snow are in the forecast for this coming week. Old Man Winter is knock, knock, knocking.

The last two Knockout Roses (no pun intended) have been pruned and covered with leaves. They have been blooming right up until we had the first hard frost so I had to wait to prune them. Everything is as settled as it can be for the upcoming winter months, and, yes, I ate that last frozen raspberry. It was cold and crunchy, but it still made me smile.

The sewing machine has been humming for a couple of hours most days while I work on small holiday items – table runners, mug rugs, table toppers, and a wall hanging. For some reason, I’m hooked on buffalo plaid and the red pickup truck with the Christmas tree this year. Are you creating or crafting? Baking something yummy this pumpkin season?

I’ve read a couple of books including John Sanford’s “Bloody Genius,” Michael Connelly’s ‘The Night Fire,” andΒ James Patterson and Howard Roughan’s “Killer Instinct.” Β Virgil Flowers and Harry Bosch are always enjoyable reads, but Flowers, in this case, was kind of dry, and Harry seems to be on the way out. Sad state of reading affairs when you love Sandford’s normal sarcastic, snappy dialogue and Harry’s dogged determination. “Killer Instinct” is a heck of a story about terrorism in NYC. Three current books, zero cost, no storage – I love my library. Read a good mystery lately?

Today is Veterans Day so I send a sincere thank you to each and every Veteran and the families who supported them.

Freedom is never free but earned by the very brave.

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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59 Responses to Bundle Up

  1. The roses are beautiful, Judy. I’m not looking forward to the cold temps.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    The photo of the rose with the tiny ice crystals is stunning – a little scary, but stunning. I am cherry picking the warmer days this week to try and make some progress outdoors. Low in the teens is not what I was looking for.

    Also, this morning is the last time Mercury will transit in front of the sun until 2032 – “visible without aid (with proper filter)” the article said. I got nothing but clouds here.

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  3. Pam rescued rose blooms just before the frost hit here.

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  4. Oddment says:

    Your pun disclaimer was too late — I’d already groaned. And groaning is certainly in this forecast. It’s too early for this kind of cold! But you certainly timed your photos well, especially with those little ice flecks on the rosebuds. Lovely image! And I think I can hear your sewing machine humming from here!

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  5. KerryCan says:

    Of course you ate that last raspberry–that would be a sin, to waste it! Are you getting snow tonight? We are supposed to get a foot or more–that is just wrong. I’m doing all kinds of last minute prep for a craft show we are participating in in a couple weeks–left things a little late, didn’t I? Do you ever read memoirs? I don’t usually but recently read both “Hillbilly Elegy” and “Educated” and was blown away by both. It was a nice change of pace from all the mysteries I normally read.

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    • A foot of snow the second week in November is definitely wrong. πŸ™‚ Unless a person has ever worked a booth at a craft show, s/he has no idea how much work goes into it. It’s a wonder the person can still stand up straight and carry on an intelligent conversation once the day comes. I hope it’s a HUGE success. I have not read those two books, but I will definitely check them out. Thank you!


  6. Murphy's Law says:

    Hah! Glad you ate that last raspberry. Amazing shot of the frosted rosebud. Just beautiful. So sad though that so many months will pass without their beauty. We have some snow moving in tonight and tomorrow….not a lot…..but temperatures are going to plummet so it may be with us for some time!

    I just finished Bloody Genius and was very disappointed in Virgil. If this had been the first book I read by John Sandford, I would not have read any more by him. The Night Fire is on my library hold list.

    I join you in thanking our veterans and their families for their service, and remembering those brave men and women who lost their lives to keep us free.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • I feel guilty saying it, but I’m with you. “Bloody Genius” had a decent mystery, but all the BCA folks we’ve come to love because of their comraderie and snappy conversations woven throughout the book just weren’t there. Every once in a while towards the last third of the book, there were a few chuckles. It wasn’t exactly boring, it was just plain dry and definitely not the normal John Sanford book.


  7. It’s alway bittersweet, those last few rose blossoms, or raspberries, or even cherry tomatoes. Lovely photographs! Now’s the time to adapt to inside activities, at least until the snow comes if you are a skier.

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  8. Nancy says:

    The frost on the roses is beautiful. Those temps headed your way sound frigid! Stay warm and let your sewing machine hum away!

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  9. Would love to see pictures of your finished projects, if you would like to share. Stay snug, warm, and safe. Bad weather coming to Maine, too.

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  10. Ally Bean says:

    I like buffalo plaid so I think you can’t go wrong with whatever you make with it. I haven’t read a good mystery lately and that’s a pity. Sometimes I wonder what has become of me, letting important things like getting lost in a book go by the wayside while carrying on like an adult. πŸ˜‰

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice frosty pix, Judy. We seem to have turned the corner on late autumn as we drift toward the snowy season. I was late in planting some bulbs yesterday and was astonished to see the ground already partially frozen. Seems early to me.

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  12. Joyce says:

    Freezing cold here, plenty of snow, slippery roads, and both me and grandpa have bad colds. Today we’re grateful to be retired and have nowhere to go! I’d be quilting, too, if I had a bit more energy.

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  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s been non-stop snow since last night and the accumulation is depressing. Yet again Mother Nature has ignored my request for a non-snow / minimal snow season 😀

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  14. Sounds as thought you’re ready for the snow, Judy. We’re getting some and although it hasn’t accumulated too much yet, but it hasn’t stopped either. Cold and windy and tomorrow is going to be even colder. We’ll see what happens. I’m re-reading both Charles Todd series which take place during and after WWI. I’m also partway through the new Jack Reacher book and have just finished the latest Deborah Crombie book. I love her series.


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  15. germac4 says:

    Your frosty photos look so pretty …from a distance, just as I always think of scenes of snow looking so picturesque …my excuse is, the first time I saw snow was when I was 18, in Europe for a holiday. Then I realised JUST how wet and cold it is….never mind the winds with it!!
    I admire all who live through snowy winters.

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  16. Mjmgot@ aol.com says:

    We got close to 7” of snow today. It was snowing when we got up and snowed all day. I was going to cut back by roses this week. Waited too long. They’re covered in snow.

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  17. It has been a strange year. We do not normally give “large” gifts at Christmas. Just small stuff. We go shopping — if we need anything — AFTER the holiday!

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  18. It’s roasting hot here today and 34C, so I’m loving your frosty photos. I’m re-reading Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds. I read it the first time years ago and I’m really enjoying it second time round.

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  19. Brrrr! Your sewing projects all sound beautiful. I’m not crafty at all so I stick with photography. Thanks to one of your posts, I have been joying th a Robert B Parker books. Two of the last four books I’ve read are by him. I just finished the latest Longmire book β€œLand of Wolves.” Currently reading the latest Mitch Rapp Book β€œEnemy of the State”. Stay warm!

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  20. It took me years apparently, but I finally read my first James Patterson book recently (“Step on a Crack”). I didn’t care for it, mostly because those incredibly short chapters I’m told he’s known for; I found them distracting. But he’s so popular, I suppose I should try another.

    Stay warm! – Marty

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  21. Yeah, we had several inches of snow fall over the weekend. It’s melting now, but I take this as a sign that this winter will be long and cold.

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  22. Junieper2 says:

    You wrote Norm 13 degr.?? Brr, I rather have snow then – here it’s in the 60ties, but the nights drop to 40ties. I know that probably would be summer for you. My goodness, Judy, not only do you garden, but also sewing all these gifts. Stopped sewing a long time ago, because most of my friends like ultra modern stuff. They would not have any cloth on the table, or curtains, etc. Happy sewing to you!

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    • I make small gifts for folks who still use things on the table, but I certainly understand that your generation and those younger prefer more modern. I certainly try not to make the mistake of giving something I’ve labored for days over to someone who will drop it off at Goodwill. I’ve learned that lesson. πŸ™‚


      • Junieper2 says:

        Judy, you are so kind in making these gifts, and not everyone understands the time and skills it takes (and money!).
        I bet I am of the same, or older generation as you are, Judy! But I was used to city life (now I live on the country side, I know), but I worked mostly with people half my age.

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  23. Tina Schell says:

    I am NOT a crafter but have many photography projects under way so I suppose that’s my rainy-day preoccupation. Fortunately we almost never are cold enough for snow but honestly this past week has been the coldest, rainiest, windiest I can remember in a very long time. I am NOT looking forward to winter! Loved your flowers this week – a touch of sunshine. And especially laughed at the raspberry comment. As for the books, I find if there’s a co-author the stories are never as good. I read once that well-known authors just add their name to co-authors’ books to help them sell more. Have to try the Sanford tho – love him.

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  24. joey says:

    I’ve been reading Agatha Christie for months now. It takes me two weeks to get through a book these days.I had bought 6 and my mother ended up mailing me all of hers which are 20-some in number, so at this rate, I will be reading Agatha Christie into spring. They are all good. So far, The Clocks is my most memorable read.
    We had daylight single digits and teens already (odd) and have settled back into freezing overnights and cold days. I took some trash out in bare feet, bit of sleet, my VERY Georgia Peach Daughter gasped. My husband asked what all the fuss was and I told him and he shrugged. She’s not like us.
    I would have enjoyed that raspberry, too πŸ™‚

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