Design Team: Scrap Designers
Theme: Touch of Frost
Designer: Rush Ranch
Years ago, before I started my career with the Federal Government, I worked for a school District as their Finance Director. It was in a small town in Alaska, and we operated out of a 2-story building that (I think) might have been a department store in its day. My prestigious office looked out over the local tavern’s parking lot, where a big green dumpster was a popular place for the ravens to gather. Oh yes.
With such a prestigious view, I could either gripe about it to everyone and no one in particular – or, I could make it interesting to myself. I began to observe the obvious, that a larger number of ravens gathered there in the summer. The number reduced greatly in the wintertime. The summer was filled with the usual raven arguments over a piece of pizza or half-eaten burger. The winters were a smorgasbord for the hearty ravens that braved the cold. An occasional squirrel would drop in for a tidbit or two.
Over the years, I starting linking the number of ravens I counted, to the temperature. For example, a temperature of negative 34F degrees was measured by approximately 1 raven an hour. A temp of +34F degrees was measured by approx. 6 ravens an hour. I had an entire gamut of temperatures linked to the number of ravens at the tavern dumpster. Most of the co-workers were amused by my silly temperature conversion. The Superintendent would pass by my office and say “It looks like it’s going to be a six-raven day”, meaning it was going to be a cold 30 degrees or more. Eventually the whole office was doing temperature comments with the raven equivalency. I left the School District after a period of seven years. My husband was taking a job in Washington DC, so I was relocating from one dumpster view, to another – so to speak. Oh, I’m so sorry! I should NOT say bad things. I apologize. About two years later, I received a call and the person calling says “It’s a 12 raven day here!” It was the Superintendent! Bless his heart, it was good to hear his voice on the other end of the phone. He was retiring, and saying goodbye to current and former co-workers.
Today, in Oregon, we don’t have ravens – but I have lots of quail. Today is a six quail day.
The Scrap Designer’s Blog Train rolls out on the 10th of each month. Our theme this month is “Touch of Frost”, a lovely winter theme. Please visit the blog train roll at the end of my downloads, to pick up all of the lovely kits!
Please note that there are blizzard conditions in some parts of southeastern USA, that may have an impact upon the designer’s ability to update their website. Songbird Scraps is one of those designers, at this time. No electricity or internet service. If her site is not updated as of 12/10, please return for her update. Thank you!