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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Winter Storm Warning - NY, NJ, CT tri-state area

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Each time I check, the forecast gets worse, so I thought it would be appropriate to play this music, while reading the forecast below, which says 14" to 20" (35.56 cm to 50.8 cm) of snow with winds gusting as high as 50 mph (80.47 kph).

Night On Bald Mountain - Fantasia (1941) (Theatrical Cut)

Or, as Private Hudson said in Aliens, "That's it, man. Game over, man. Game over!"

Connecticut Traffic Alerts

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service New York NY
355 PM EST Sun Jan 31 2021

CTZ005-006-009-010-011100-
/O.CON.KOKX.WS.W.0001.210201T0500Z-210202T1100Z/
Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Southern Fairfield-
Southern New Haven-
355 PM EST Sun Jan 31 2021

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 14 to 20 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...Southern Fairfield, Northern Fairfield, Northern New Haven and Southern New Haven Counties.

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 AM EST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS...Travel will be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning and evening commutes. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Blizzard like conditions possible Monday afternoon, especially near the coast.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Check local Department of Transportation information services for the latest road conditions.

Snow Sky Sun - Photograph

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I took that photograph of the sky on the side of my property early this afternoon. The cloud cover over the sun has that "look" of snow to it. If you live in a place where snow falls, you'll probably understand what I mean by that. This could almost be mistaken for the moon. It looks like Mother Nature won't be taking any prisoners with this storm. Later today I will post NOAA's snow storm forecast for this area. :-(

Red Sunrise Before Snow Storm - Photograph

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I took that photograph of the beautiful sunrise this morning. The colors in the photo don't show how stunning they looked to the human eye. As the saying goes, "Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning." Later today I will post NOAA's snow storm forecast for this area. :-(

"Faded Coffee Stains" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Coffee Stains."

It turns out the challenge meant coffee stained paper, when I thought it meant coffee cup ring type stains. I had already been struggling with this theme, so I finally had to enforce my time limit rule and declare, "Pencils down!"

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Heart Of Prometheus" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, January 29, 2021

Rising Yellow Full Moon Behind Trees - Photograph

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I took those photographs last night, of the rising full moon, which was a beautiful orange yellow color. Unfortunately the moon was obscured by the trees, and it was too cold for me to want to go back outside later to try to photograph it once it cleared the tree tops.

"Five Fingers" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, January 28, 2021

"Five Eyes" - Postcard

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This week's Thursday Art Date With Rain challenge was "Mysterious and Dark."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Snow Covered Christmas Pine Tree / Angel Statue - Photograph

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I took those photographs this morning, of the snow in my yard. Now that I'm older, I no longer like snow, but it does look pretty. We got about 1" (2.54 cm) of snow where I am in Connecticut.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Stone Wall Trail In Woods - Photograph

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I took those photographs on the north trail off of Godfrey Rd East near Valley Forge Rd in Weston, CT a few weeks ago. This trail is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest. The official trail map must be carried as one's permit for access to the area.

Cold Cat Claw Paw - Photograph

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I took that photograph of my cat sleeping under the comforter, to stay warm. When he heard me, he extended one front paw out and started making a kneading motion with it. I cherish him every day, and am grateful to have him in my life.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

"Bird Flowers Music Border" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Music."

I made three very similar pieces, but am only entering this one in the challenge.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Black Bird Music" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Music."

I made three very similar pieces, but am not entering this one in the challenge.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Black Bird Music Border" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Music."

I made three very similar pieces, but am not entering this one in the challenge.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Sunday, January 17, 2021

"Border Line Frame" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Frame or Border."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, January 15, 2021

"Eye In The Sky" - Postcard

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I created that using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Note: I include links to the song's videos, for the audio only, but I don't watch nor endorse whatever the videos might portray.

They recommended euthanasia
For non-conformists everywhere
Some men's dreams for others turn to nightmares
Wildest Dreams - Asia

Thursday, January 14, 2021

"Angel" - Postcard

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I created that using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Note: I include links to the song's videos, for the audio only, but I don't watch nor endorse whatever the videos might portray.

Send me an angel
Right now
Send Me An Angel - Real Life

And when our worlds they fall apart
When the walls come tumbling in
Though we may deserve it
It will be worth it
Halo - Depeche Mode

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

"Blue Bird Music" - Postcard

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I created that using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Note: I include links to the song's videos, for the audio only, but I don't watch nor endorse whatever the videos might portray.

"Now what would you say they'll be calling you a radical, a [...], oh fanatical, criminal?"
The Logical Song - Supertramp

Cage of freedom, filled with treason
Changing sides as the losses begin
Cage of freedom, that's our prison
We fabricated this world on our own....
Big brother
Is there a bigger one watching you?
Cage of Freedom - Jon Anderson

So who's a friend and who's a foe?
Can we tell?
What's Going On? - Adam Ant

You can always go downtown
Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
You'll be dancing with 'em too before the night is over
Downtown - Petula Clark

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

"Green Celtic Crosses" - Postcard

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I created that using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

New Year Card From CJ - Photograph

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I took that photograph of the New Year card I received from CJ. This was an expected, wonderful surprise to receive in the mail. The card is beautiful, and features one of my favorite birds: the Northern Cardinal.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

"Red Birds" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Branches."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Featured in the weekly sampler.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

"January Blues Bird" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "January Blues."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, January 1, 2021

Journal Back Accordion Pocket

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I created a back accordion pocket for the weekly planner/journal that I'm using for my Book of Days.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Journal Front Accordion Pocket

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I created a front accordion pocket for the weekly planner/journal that I'm using for my Book of Days.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Title Page - The Book of Days

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I created a Title Page for my Book of Days.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

The Book of Days 2021

I'm doing my Book of Days theme again for 2021.

My only rules for myself are Keep It Simple (KIS) and Have Fun.

The challenge involves using a weekly planner. I purchased a Cupcakes and Cashmere Blue Sky 5" x 8" Weekly & Monthly Planner January to December 2021.

I re-used the 2" x 1.5" tabs template that I created with GIMP, and reused the divider tabs that I made for 2019, then printed them on card stock paper, cut them out, and Elmer's glue sticked them into the planner.

The weekly challenge themes are listed below, and I will add links to my entries as I create them. My weeks start on Monday. This blog entry will serve as my master index to them.

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Title Page

Journal Front Accordion Pocket

Journal Back Accordion Pocket

January
Week  1. Jan 1
Week  2. Jan 4
Week  3. Jan 11
Week  4. Jan 18
Week  5. Jan 25 Full Wolf Moon (Jan 28)

February
Week  6. Feb 1  Imbolc (Feb 1)
Week  7. Feb 8  Valentine's Day
Week  8. Feb 15 Mardi Gras
Week  9. Feb 22 Full Snow Moon (Feb 27)

March
Week 10. Mar 1
Week 11. Mar 8
Week 12. Mar 15 Saint Patrick's Day, Vernal Equinox
Week 13. Mar 22 Full Worm Moon (Mar 28)
Week 14. Mar 29

April
Week 15. Apr 5
Week 16. Apr 12
Week 17. Apr 19
Week 18. Apr 26 Full Pink Moon (Apr 26), Beltane (May 1)

May
Week 19. May 3
Week 20. May 10
Week 21. May 17
Week 22. May 24 Full Flower Moon (May 26)
Week 23. May 31

June
Week 24. Jun 7
Week 25. Jun 14 Flag Day, Father's Day, Summer Solstice
Week 26. Jun 21 Full Strawberry Moon (Jun 24)
Week 27. Jun 28

July
Week 28. Jul 5
Week 29. Jul 12
Week 30. Jul 19 Full Buck Moon (Jul 23)
Week 31. Jul 26 Lughnasadh (Aug 1)

August
Week 32. Aug 2
Week 33. Aug 9
Week 34. Aug 16 Full Sturgeon Moon (Aug 22)
Week 35. Aug 23
Week 36. Aug 30

September
Week 37. Sep 6
Week 38. Sep 13
Week 39. Sep 20 Full Harvest Moon (Sep 20), Autumnal Equinox
Week 40. Sep 27

October
Week 41. Oct 4
Week 42. Oct 11
Week 43. Oct 18 Full Hunter’s Moon (Oct 20)
Week 44. Oct 25 Halloween

November
Week 45. Nov 1  Samhain (Nov 1), All Saint's, All Souls (Dia de Muertos)
Week 46. Nov 8
Week 47. Nov 15 Full Beaver Moon (Nov 19)
Week 48. Nov 22
Week 49. Nov 29

December
Week 50. Dec 6
Week 51. Dec 13 Full Cold Moon (Dec 18)
Week 52. Dec 20 Winter Solstice, Christmas
Week 53. Dec 27 New Year's Eve