Thursday, January 29, 2015

January Winter in Mississippi

It's the end of January, and winter in Mississippi is quite different from in other parts of the US. I have really enjoyed the beautiful snow pictures posted on Facebook by friends in places like Massachusetts (Holly Knott, for instance), where the temperature dropped to -10 degrees.
My yard shows dead orange trees (we did have some days of 16-18 degrees which killed these and the Meyer lemon tree), lots of dry leaves and pine straw carpeting the ground.
Washington Naval Orange tree

Blood Orange tree

Crotons survived (in the garage) but pitiful

Rosemary thriving--even blooming! Also parsley below it.

Nandina putting on a show of colored leaves and red berries
There has not been much quilting activity this month. It's amazing how much emotional and mental energy is required just to deal with healing and physical therapy three times a week. After seven weeks I am glad to be driving myself again and looking forward to the time I can say there's no more pain.
When I did begin to want to stitch again, I began repairing an old, well-loved quilt for a friend. It was not creative or challenging, but there was pleasure in holding a needle and thread and knowing I was giving new life to a treasured quilt a grandmother had made many years ago.
 (Click to enlarge and see the wear and age damage.)
Of course, when I was taking pictures, Tarbaby and Elizabeth thought I had spread the quilt out for them.


Ruth Powers said...

Glad to see you are feeling better. Here in KS we are having an unusual winter, too; it was up to 78 degrees earlier in the week, which, while it feels good, is not a good thing. I expect to loose the fruit crop again this year. Hope your trees pull through.

fndlmous said...

Having just been through the same surgery, I understand completely! Before my surgery, my DH and Ds moved some of my studio up to the main floor. It was probably self preservation as they knew what life would be like if I couldn't sew for several weeks! I, too, prefer to embroider, although now my aged hands can't do too much. since the surgery, I've also gone back to my comfort zone of more traditional work than the wild art pieces I'm known for. It brings me peace,somehow.
Pat f in Winnipeg
aka fndlmous

Martha Ginn said...

Thanks Ruth. I was envisioning you with some of that heavy snow; glad you are missing it, but odd temps in winter can really upset the growing cycles.

Pat, I send you good wishes during your rehab and recovery. I'm doing well and especially enjoying the freedom of driving again.

Thanks for commenting!

Norma Schlager said...

Oh, those poor citrus trees! I know how hard it is to have it cold in usually warmer climes. Here in the North East we are getting clobbered and I'm looking forward to Florida in March. I'm glad that you are recovering. PT is no fun, but it really does help. Good luck with repairing that antique quilt.

Martha Ginn said...

I should have had better sense about buying/planting citrus trees, but my Japanese persimmon tree is stronger. I'll post a progress report on the old quilt; I'm replacing some missing quilting now, not easy through migrated, packed cotton.