Red Dirt Farm and Studio

Living a creative life transitioning from farm life to flip flops

 Wow have things gotten off to a crazy, difficult and sometimes frustrating start for our new year.  But we aren’t going to let that get us down, are we?

Don’t get me wrong I’ve most certainly had moments of discouragement and a wee bit of despair too.  Oh but those simple pleasures – right!

Like twinkle lights and sunrises and blankets for snuggling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken coop completely destroyed, no chickens were harmed.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter storm Frida unleashed her fury in and around our property and our county.  We were without power for almost 6 very long long days.  It was reported that 80% of our county lost power.  The amount of damage is staggering.  Cleanup will take quite some time and be quite costly.

 

As I work on this post we are awaiting winter storm Izzy, she is expected to be as problematic as Frida.

My dad had surgery on Thursday, he is ok.  However it was a stressful period leading up to the surgery and waiting to get word that he had come through ok.  Local hospitals are only doing absolutely necessary surgery because of Covid overload stress in the system.  They also do not allow family in the hospital; needless to say this too added to the stress of the situation.

Yesterday Mr. Red Dirt with the help of a neighbor worked on getting trees off the garage and van, worried that accumulated snows that are coming will damage the roof further.  So very grateful for the help of our neighbors, yesterday and during the last storm.  So many trees fell from our property blocking the road for days.  The fire department, neighbors, the Virginia Department of Forestry and highway department worked to clear the road.

While they worked to get the tree off the garage I went to the post office to ship out orders and then headed to the grocery store.  Mostly empty shelves greeted me, between supply chain issues and storm panic shopping the choices were quite limited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The grocery store had sold out of bread so I am in the process of baking a loaf now, hopefully getting it completed before we lose power.  It is on the second rise right now.  The sun will rise in about an hour, snow is expected to start by mid morning.  Izzy is supposed to also give us snow and rain, freezing rain and sleet.  Doesn’t that sound like fun.

Recipe for Crusty Farmhouse bread here.

 

 

Seeing sunlight stream through my lacy curtain – which is really an old tablecloth brings me so much joy.  It’s one of the pleasures of watching the sunrise.  Soon after the sun comes up the birds start coming to the feeder in droves, and that too is a simple pleasure.  Mr. Red Dirt placed our after Christmas tree on the porch next to one of the feeders so that I can sit and watch the feathered friends take cover inside,  as the snow was falling I threw handfuls of birdseed among the branches.

During Frida’s power outage when we had no running water and I was full of boredom, and wanted to do something creative. I decided to melt snow to use as my painting water.  As hard as I tried to embrace the moment we were in, I failed.  It was cold, I realize I am not cut out for pioneer living.  Nights were long and cold and dark.  I huddled in bed with That Cat and many layers of clothing and piles of blankets.  Mr. Red Dirt slept downstairs in the recliner.  He has sleep apnea and not being able to sleep with his machine is quite difficult, he finds it easier to breath sleeping upright in the recliner.  I like those modern amenities that I take for granted every day like electricity, running water, flushing toilets cooking food in an oven.  Yes, internet access too.

 

Snow melting in the prettiest of bowls, placed on the table where the sun shinning through the window could work magic.

 

 

Little bits of unmelted snow swirl around my paint brush and water.  It’s oh so lovely and cheerful during that time of cold unpleasantness.  Playing with the bright colors lifts my spirit and is the best kind of happy therapy.  Happy, joyful colors make me feel so much better.

 

 

 

 

 

I like knowing that these sweet little hearts are painted with melted snow that caused us so much distress, but then turned to lovely little bits of joy.

I listed them on my Etsy shop yesterday and much to my surprise when I came downstairs this morning, I found that I had sold one overnight.  How wonderful is that!  I hope the recipient will feel the joy with it too.

 

The snow has started to fall in swirling fits of white magic.

 

Please tell me your year has started off more peacefully and that you are safe, healthy and with the one you love.  Please.

 

 

Thanks for being here, Until next time

XO, Kim

22 thoughts on “Painting with Snow

  1. Pam says:

    Your pictures are always so beautiful. Snow can be so pretty, yet so destructive. I’m happy to hear no chickens were hurt when the tree destroyed their coop and that you, with the help of friends and neighbors, are getting it all cleaned up. I hope the second storm is much kinder to you.

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    1. Hi Pam – I so enjoy taking photos it seems to be my constant creative outlet. Yes that darn snow makes everything look so lovely. I want to take pretty snow pictures and then have it melt immediately! We are all well and completely grateful for helping neighbors. Hope your year is starting off happy. Best, Kim

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  2. pennross says:

    The photo of the bottles in the snow struck me. Not sure why but I love it! Just a little north of you we haven’t seen the first snow flake yet.

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    1. Penny – yes, something about the bottles with color against the snow – simple and lovely. I’d gladly share my flakes with you. Stay safe. xo Kim

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  3. Olivia says:

    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for taking time to leave a message. I truly appreciate that. Happy Saturday Kim

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    Your photos are stunning Kim and oh boy what a way to start the year! I wish I could say that ours has been better but we had rough start as well. I hope and pray it gets better for all of us.

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    1. Thank you Ruth, I do love taking photos. I’m so sorry to hear that things haven’t been so great for you. Sending warm thoughts and hugs of improved times for us all. Be well. xo Kim

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      1. ruthsoaper says:

        Thanks Kim. The best thing about hugs is when you give one you get one back. xo 🙂

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      2. Aw I like that, I’ve never heard it before. Thank you.

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  5. Debra Smith says:

    I’m sorry for all the trees down and all the inconvenience that goes with it. Very glad no chickens were hurt. Your photos are so beautiful-they bring me joy. I LOVE your paintings.

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    1. Debra – your words are sweet kindness to my heart. Be well! xo Kim

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  6. Debbie says:

    I am trying again : ) For some reason, my comment was not accepted… love all your photos, it brings winter right into my life without any of the work or worry : ) Very concerned about the collapsed coop… wondering if they were invited into the main residence : ) So glad everyone was unharmed…the photos of the trees down reminded me of how hard winter storms can be… winter is for the strong of heart and back : ) Wishing everyone at Red Dirt Farm a happy, healthy New Year… xo Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie – I constantly have trouble leaving messages with WordPress too. Winter can be hard especially if you aren’t a fan like me. I think this is the Winter that has helped me to decide to move on to another place. The chickens are all ok, the coop that was destroyed was a holding place for sick or injured chickens, it was empty at the time of the collapse – thank goodness. The night before I wanted to put one of the girls that is injured in there and Charles out ruled me on it, thankfully or she would certainly not be with us now. These past few days the temperatures have dropped drastically so the girls are taking turns coming inside to warm up. I’m over the cold, and no amount of beautiful snow covered anything is making it any easier. Sending you lots of love and hugs. Kim

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  7. KT Workman says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the damage to your piece of paradise, Kim. About 20 years ago, because of a widespread ice storm, I was without power for 6 days (this in the city) and it wasn’t pleasant, but at least I had water and a kerosene heater. We had our first snow of the season two days ago, but it only stayed around for one day before the temperature got warm enough to melt it. But, it was enough to make snow ice cream, which my husband enjoys. I’m happy to hear all your girls are safe, and as always, love the pics you share. And I hope you fare better with this next go round of bad weather. You have enough to deal with already.

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    1. Snow Ice Cream possibly the only redeeming thing! We have gotten through a couple more little snows, but now we are having very cold temperatures and the remaining snow has turned into an ice rink and going outside is like horror story! You be safe – xo Kim

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      1. KT Workman says:

        It’s cold here as well, but no ice, thank God. You be safe too. 💕

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  8. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    Hi- I’m late here. Haven’t been on the blog or even IG much. I’ve been “sitting in a pile of ashes” kind of a Biblical saying for – I’ve been sitting in a pile of dirt with my head in my hands. And then I come over to your house here and see it hasn’t been much different for you guys. Reading through other comments I also see that we aren’t alone.

    That one photo of yours….. JOY. That actually made me stop and think. And then… I went back and read your post again and saw it with new eyes- I saw the wonderful neighbors you have that came to help. I saw the beautiful birds that live around your home …. I saw the love that your home is filled with- all the cozy things like a lace tablecloth for a curtain ( I do that too)😊. I saw your amazing talent and how much joy it brings to others….and so much more. I am right there with you in the teeth-gritting difficult moments many of us are facing. I’m also right here with you in lifting up all the pieces of crap that keeps falling on our heads to find the gems…the slivers and splinters of joy. 🪴spring is coming…….

    PS- I was so thrilled to read that your Papa is doing ok🌻

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    1. Hi Connie that you for enjoying my photos and seeing the good in the middle of all this chaos. You really should be writing more often, your true words from your heart are so soothing and delightful. Sending you so much care and love. xo Kim

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  9. Linda Schaub says:

    Hi Kim – I’m quite behind here in Reader and, as I scrolled through your pictures, I kept saying “that’s not good” each time I saw a downed tree and I hoped they were not yours, but no such luck. It looked like you would have lost power given the tree laying on the wire and sure enough you did lose power for six days. I like the idea of painting with snow water, putting the Christmas tree out and tossing birdseed into it for your feathered friends. I saw Boo Dog poking around. Your heart was in your “heart work” and hope you sold the rest of them in the time it took me to get to this post. Glad all else is well in the family including your father’s health issue. Happy New Year Kim!

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    1. Hi Linda – you have such a wonderful way with your words, I am so glad you stop in here and share your thoughts with me and others. It’s been quite a winter and it is only January! Oh my this is the winter that will leave a mark on my memory and not in a good way. Bird watching is one of the ways
      I try to keep my sanity. Happy walking! xi Kim

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      1. Linda Schaub says:

        Hi Kim – I’m glad I put a smile on your face with my comments … your photos always make me feel warm and cozy, no matter the season and this is a wicked Winter season. I hope you are not getting slammed with this latest storm as you don’t need that on top of all your other Winter weather woes. I did a little bird watching myself today too – I don’t do that in my yard anymore (after I got rats courtesy of a new neighbor behind me and had to stop feeding and watering my feathered friends), but I do feed the birds at the Park and put out some suet for them today along with a birdseed bell and the usual sunflower seeds and peanuts. So, I waited and saw a nice collection of birds, but they are apprehensive and I waited as long as I could, but it was a windchill of 6 degrees and I had to get on my warmer gloves which I left in the car. Some days I could walk forever, but unfortunately today was not one of them. Stay warm and safe Kim!

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