Friday, February 28, 2014

Something New

I don't recall ever seeing this in my driveway.

I know it doesn't look like much and, um...Deb, that's snow and ice. Yeah yeah, but can you also see the embedded brown bits in the ice?

Pine cones. Hundreds of small pine cones. They are about an inch long, if that. There is a pine tree in the neighbor's yard at this location.

It's been there a long time and I don't remember it ever sending out pine cones before, ever. I wonder if the cold winter has anything to do with that.

I have two pine trees on the north side of the house and they have, in the past, shed pine cones, but usually in the very early spring, not in the dead of winter. Plus those are about 2-3 inches long and slender. These are about the size of large acorns. Thankfully, they don't really track into the house on boots so when I drag garbage or recycling to the curb, I'm not in danger of bringing something inside. They are also kind of fragile.

I looked at them and thought "Ooooh! Craft project. I'll just scoop up a whole bunch and then, in the summer, spray paint them gold and silver, mount them on a styrofoam wreath and I have something for that transition from Christmas to Valentine's Day. And then, as I took these photos I thought, "Yeah. This will be just another batch of things you think you're going to do and they will sit in the basement for 7 years." When I drive or walk over them, they crush easily and then fall apart. I have enough stuff in my basement to be used for crafting "to dos" that I don't need more.

Still, it's been interesting to see these in the last week. I wonder what other things we will see with this cold weather.

Beverage:  Lady Grey tea


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