Made a little progress in the last few days. The nine patches are done, and I made my first cardinal - with no major blunders! Takin' it nice and slow....the instructions are beginning to make more sense.
I questioned the name of this pattern: Winter Song. So I looked in my birding journal to see when I first heard the cardinals sing in past years. This proved to be a timely question; I've heard them as early as Jan. 15th (1989) and Feb. 4th (1990). Hey - Feb. 4th? That's TOMORROW!
Every year (long before the robins return) when I hear the cardinal sing for the first time, I want to burst with joy at this, the earliest harbinger of Spring. Every year I triumphantly annouce to "The cardinals are singing again!"
Sadly, no one else "gets" it. They say "Sure, Chris" or "Yeah, Mom." But I know, and the cardinals know: Spring WILL come! Listen, we'll hear it soon! :)