The Big Thaw Applications are open – and will be until February 29th!

Click here to purchase last year's poster from my Etsy shop

Hello, all, just a quick word that The Big Thaw 2012 is going to be on Saturday, May 12 at the Mayo Street Arts Center in Portland’s East Bayside — applications are open and available at the Big Thaw website.  You have until February 29th to get them in!

Just The Best Coupon Ever: Ferdinand.

Unicorn Love from Ferdinand, click to view listing

WHOA.  Talk about a mood booster from my inbox this morning:  Ferdinand is offering at 50% off voucher ($10 for $20 worth of credit) at the Living Social deal site.  You can get Valentine’s Day cards, fake mustaches, screen printed t-shirts, vintage goodies and more while you’re there.  I just bought mine, so now you go get yours.  (P.S. you should be spending twenty real dollars at Diane’s shop anyways so this is just icing on the cake!)

Click here to go to the deal.

Ferdinand is located in Portland, Maine on the East End of Congress St., between Washington Ave and India St.  You can go get a slice at Otto while you’re there, hopefully they’ve got a fresh cranberry, butternut and ricotta pie cooling.

Alas, Groundhog: Let’s Think of the Warmer Days

That dumb groundhog ‘saw his shadow’ although apparently he’s been ‘wrong’ 39% over the last 100 years or something like that.  Still – it’s discouraging news.  Though the winter has been mild, the mildest I can remember for a long time, I’m longing a bit for green grass, barbecues and warm, summer breezes.  Here are some pictures from last year’s Memorial Day barbecue that made me particularly happy tonight:

The Backyard: Kristina and Derek front and center

Dudes w/legs crossed

Handsome Rondo, the Wonder Dog