February 1, 2008


Painting I did from my kitchen window:
February 1997 - BIG Snow

Why What's the matter

that you have such a February face,

So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness ?

-William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing

Actually, my February face is quite cheerful right now in the beautiful Florida sunshine. It was 80 degrees today.

I'm so overwhelmed by the beautiful Florida flora and fauna that is so unfamiliar to me. I can only dream of living in a place where I could grow something year round !

On the way here I stopped in a little "Whistlestop" cafe and had a mess of fried green tomatoes. SO yummy ! Passing through Tennessee and viewing the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Cumberlap Gap renewed my appreciation of the scenery. Kentucky and Georgia are also beautiful with tall hills and horse farms. I was happy to see that Georgia finally had rain for several days and I was happy to see standing water in fields.

Come join the poetry circle and post a poem on your blog then let me know when it's up. I look forward to your participation.


  1. What a beautiful painting - you did a great job painting snow. That's no small feat. I like the garage.

    You are so fortunate to be in Florida and missing some of these frigid days in the north. I'd love some fried green tomatoes right about now.

    The quote from Shakespeare is a perfect one!

  2. I'm so glad you are enjoying your little getaway. I think it would be wonderful to garden year round too.

  3. Kate, You are so right that I'm fortunate to be in Florida and missing those frigid days in Chicago that I so dread.

    Robin,Thanks, you of all people know how wonderful it would be to garden year round !

  4. Fried green tomatoes....YUM!!! Your painting is terrific, Carolyn, and I'm sure you're enjoying the warmth of Florida's rays and feeling so sorry for all us northern types! Or not. ;-)

    After a bit of a tussle...I got my Muse Day post up, and combined it with my wildflowers in Winter post too. Maybe the weather will calm down somewhat before you come back to the city of much wind. Travel safely, and enjoy yourself!

  5. Your painting is beautiful! What a talent. I hope you're soaking up all that Florida sunshine. ::waving:: to you from chilly Nova Scotia! My February post is up.

  6. Incredible painting Carolyn. You are obviously very talented. Florida sounds much like the climate here. Beautiful one day, perfect the next!

  7. Thanks, Jodi. Are you a redneck like moi? Seems you like the same things!

    I'll be right over to read your poetry. Thanks for contributing.

  8. Thanks, Nancy. I am soaking up all the sun I can. It's so nice !

  9. Thanks for the compliment, Stuart. I wish you were a gallery owner !

    I like that comment "beautiful one day, perfect the next. " Weather forecast, sun, sun and more sun !

  10. Giggle. Dunno, Carolyn, I MIGHT be a redneck--I live on the north Mountain (that qualifies me as redneck here in the Valley); and sure love fried green tomatoes--though I eat mine with cod tongues-and-cheeks, a Newfoundland delicacy, so that might be a dividing line....;-)

  11. Great painting - it really captures the look of a Chicago Winter. I'm glad you're enjoying Florida; my daughter is doing a daily countdown to our trip there. I so agree with old Will about February. My Muse post is finally up.

  12. I'm joining Garden Bloggers Muse Day with an original poem by me.

  13. Well, I left a comment here last night saying I had a Muse post up, but it must not have registered with Blogger. Here it is:

  14. Well, Jodi, it seems you are a certified red neck, but to make absolutely sure you must answer the following question : What do you get when you play a country song backward ?
    Cod tongues-and-cheeks a delicacy ? Guess that's like saying chittlin's are, too.

  15. Hi Kathy,

    Was on a road trip to Florida and am just now catching up. Thanks for posting for Muse Day.

  16. Very nice poem, to Crafty gardener! Thanks for contributing.

  17. I've put up my poem. Happy Muse Day! Enjoy that vitamin D Carolyn. ~~Dee

  18. I very much enjoyed the snowy painting, and the little bit of Shakespeare. I posted a paragraph of garden prose I connected with from Les Miserables for Feb. 1. Come by and visit if you like.

  19. Hi and welcome extreme gardener. Thanks for joining Garden Bloggers' Muse Day.

  20. Hi Carolyn Gail,
    I'm a day late with my Garden Bloggers' Muse Day post. Sorry about that!!

    Weeder’s Digest

  21. Hallo Carolyn,
    I'd like to let you know about my first post related to Garden Blogger's Muse Day.
    Art makes our life better, right?

  22. A day late and a dollar short but we're mighty glad you joined the poetry circle. I'll be over to read your contribution. Thanks, Dirty Knees.


    Thanks and welcome. Art does make our life better, in my opinion.

  23. Thanks for helping me remember how I got into the poetry habit, CG! Have fun in FL.

  24. Carolyn,
    Will you excuse me if I'm a day late? I've just posted for Garden Bloggers' Muse Day.
    I'm sure you're enjoying Florida. Will you be returning to Chicago? ;-)

  25. I love that quote from Much Ado About Nothing. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Thanks Heirloom and welcome to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago. I'll drop by to see you as well.

  27. Carolyn,

    I loved your blog and your quote so much, I referenced it and put a link to your post on my blog:


    Thanks again,

    Heirloom Gardener

  28. Thanks, Heirloomgardener. I will add your blog to my blogroll when I get back to Chicago -I've only got my laptop with me and can't do it now.

    I'm glad you liked the quote about February and I hope you'll join our poetry circle on the lst of every month.


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