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February, 2006 - Issue #57
BOB AND CAMILLE
MAKING THE BEST OF THINGS DURING THEIR FIRST FULL WINTER IN 9 YEARS
ONCE UPON A WINTER
30 years ago, Bob and his good friend, Todd seem unfazed by the snow.
PROTEIN A PLENTY
These geese are not going to market. You won't see this many calories waddling around anywhere else but here in the land of plenty. In China, for instance, there were some birds in the trees, but we rarely saw any cats or dogs on the street. A sight like the large flocks of geese we've been seeing, sometimes in the thousands, is unheard of.
THE DUCK POND
Before it froze over and was taken over by the geese.
OOPS, THERE GOES ANOTHER RUBBER TREE!
Camille noticed what looked to be a dead plant in a pretty nice pot sitting beside a dumpster on her way to the Post Office to pick up the mail and decided to bring it back to Bob's office for rescuing. Within a couple of weeks, Bob and Eric began seeing signs of life.
Stay tuned! This is going to be a beautiful rubber plant. Some of the leaves show evidence of being out in the freezing cold but most are unfolding unscathed. The rubber plant is an appropriate mascot for the business Bob, Eric and Steve are busy bringing back to life. As the business bounces back, so does the rubber plant.
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DUMPSTER
These Muppets seem to be trying to escape from the dumpster behind the hardware store.
A COLD WALK TO THE DUCK POND
February 5th was a very cold day despite bright skies. Mike and Ronda came over that afternoon and we decided to brave the freezing temperatures for some outside time. We realize the only way to survive adversity is to plunge right into it. What better way to help our bodies adjust to winter than by walking in it every day?
BRING BACK MEMORIES?
On the way home from the pond, Mike, Ronda and Bob worked on keeping their balance while walking on the rails.
Many of us grew up in places where there were train tracks to walk down.
Sharyl and Camille took a riding lesson on February 8th. That's Simon with Sharyl and Flash with Camille.
A WINTER STORM
February 15th brought an overnight blizzard that covered everything in snow. For more photos, click on Winter Gets Serious
NOW FOR THE INDOORS PART OF WEATHERING WINTER
Everyone knows you have to eat hearty in the winter to keep your body heat high. But how to do that without an outside garden?
Sprouts are an inside garden. They provide us with sweet, crispy, vitamins and enzymes.
Vegetarian Club Sandwiches really hit the spot on a cold day.
OVEN ROASTED VEGETABLES - for a cold night
Before and after. Just toss vegetables in olive oil, herbs & minced garlic and bake on a cookie sheet. Here we used butternut squash, red onion, carrots, parsnips and turnips.
ANOTHER ROAD TRIP
On February 20th, Steve and Bob drove the big truck to Texas. The plant down there needed it and the plant up here wasn't using it.
LAST DAY OF THE MONTH
Ronda took Camille hiking in warm weather. A great grand finale to a stressful month.
ROCKS AND TREES
Yep, that's what we saw! We were fascinated by the tree that grew alongside and then away from this rock.
Camille reclines in a home made chair at the quarry. Ronda and Camille had the place to themselves for a short while before some other hikers showed up.
Ronda leans back and soaks up the sun.
THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:
"Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway." - Maya Angelou
"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance." - Yoko Ono
"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." - Hal Borland
Visit Plastic Farm Animals to find out what we are really thinking.
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