Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Here's What's Happening In My Neighborhood


Ice coated everything for most of the weekend.  It was a weekend for resting because what else is there to do when it's dark and wintry outside? Cleaning closets, painting walls, and a hundred and one other jobs I could name are still awaiting just the right light and the motivation to begin...and we didn't have it. 





Monday brought more news from the weatherman.  Seems like we are to get a lot of snow.

What????

How much??? 

7 to 10 inches is likely, maybe more.  


The snow began at our house around 7:30 this morning and hasn't let up as I write this at 3 pm.  

I've been birdwatching and the cardinals, snowbirds, sparrows and a few others are all fighting over the feeders.  I do have another block of seed to put out when the one you see to the right is finished.
 


We had just sprinkled a row of cracked corn at the edge of the ice-covered patio for the birds.  Now the snow has covered it and they can't find it.  I see them looking for it.   

The cardinals are beautiful spots of color in the winter wonderland.   Our kitties have their noses to the window watching all the activity outside.  Wishing they could grab one, I'm sure.



The juncos or snowbirds are sharing the thistle seed with the goldfinches.   First time I've seen them dine at that feeder.

The good news is that our ice wasn't bad enough to cause outages.  The snow is going to be a mess for awhile, as we have some cold temps forecast for the week and there won't be much chance for thawing.

The highways were good enough to get out yesterday and so I went to one of my favorite flea markets in Como which is rumored to be closing soon.  I did pick up a few things as most vendors had sales going on.  An old cheesebox and a few books that will go on my bookcases as soon as I find them.  I haven't had much success in finding the right ones yet that has a matching tv cabinet to put between them.  One thing I did purchase was a new filing cabinet and some hanging folders to get my paperwork organized.  Oh my, so many projects and so little energy to get them done.  I also came up with yet another idea.  Maybe I better tell about that one another day.  Even I'm getting tired just thinking about all of these ideas swirling around in my head of things I want to do!  Isn't this what everyone does during the cold, dreary winter months?  Thinking about what one can do to spruce up the home or to get more organized?   Tell me I'm not the only one!

Note:  Glad I entertained a few of you this afternoon.  lol!  My finger slipped as I was typing the Post Title.  It might have had something to do with a kitty, but I don't want to tell on her.  Then other distractions have occurred since I began this post.  Finally I'm finished!  Hope you come back to read it.  :)
 
Until next time...

39 comments:

  1. i was all excited to see what you were up today? but the page is blank... oh, no i hope blogger is not acting up??! have a good Tuesday. ( :

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  2. I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!! thanks for the afternoon LOL
    that is the same thing happening here... enjoy your Nada Nothing Nary a thing

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  3. i am first one back... to funny, the others enjoyed it to... love those cardnals, they stand out in the snow... and what is a cheese box? photo please

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  4. This past weekend, it was beautiful at the jersey shore, almost 60 degrees!! Monday we got snow, tonight is snow and ice.....all my evergreens are covered with ice. But I love it, these storms are great for blog material!!

    Your cardinals are posing nicely and you have shared some wonderful images!!

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  5. ha ha. i came back. :) well, not sure the ice and snow report is better than nothing going on, though... glad your birds are finding food.

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  6. Oh my, sounds like winter continues for you. I think we are going to miss most of this storm in mid Michigan at the lakeshore. Love your photos of the birds flocking for food during the snow. Such enjoyment it is to watch them.
    Thank you for visiting me today . . .

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  7. Look at all those pretty birds. I'm glad they have something to eat in the crazy winter weather.

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  8. Oh no - I just hate ice - snow is fine - but ice is hard! Hope you are okay. Love the birds. sandie

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  9. Such pretty and cheerful little birds. I bet they really cheer up your winter days. Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

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  10. It is arriving here overnight and I'll have the boys for the day tomorrow, if it is what they are predicting...12 to 15. Wish that the squirrels hadn't taken over the world. I need to have a fancy schmancy squirrel proof feeder next year. It has got to be fun watching the activity out there.

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  11. Those birds are so sweet. I know what you mean about the snow. We're supposed to get 11-12 inches tonight into Wednesday. stay warm.

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  12. I can totally relate to the planning and scheming stuff that happens over the winter. There is more time to work on projects, but no motivation. The motivation hits about the time that life moves into faster gear!
    Which basically means that everything gets done in fits and spurts. Such is life.

    Stay safe and warm!

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  13. The Cardinals sure add bright spots of colour. Stay safe in all that snow.

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  14. Ah---sorry I missed the 'other' post title... Nice that you can blame mistakes on the kitties. I don't have an excuse!!!! ha

    You really are getting the winter weather there. It came as close to TN as Arkansas--but nothing but rain here---lots of it... Darn!!! (I'm still waiting for a really nice snow.)

    My son and his wife got a nice Entertainment Center from Rooms to Go which is similar to what you want I think. There are bookshelves on both sides and the big TV is in the middle... Good Luck.

    Enjoy your snow.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  15. So far this winter we have only had a sprinkling of snow,where I live in central France. What you are experiencing you would call our snow fall dust. I don't think I could cope. But those lovely birds brighten up your day. I think we all plan big projects to get done during the winter, maybe wait for the spring.

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  16. Such wonderful snowy scenes, Cheryl! You have to understand, living the first half of my life in Toronto, and the second in the Med, I DO miss those Canadian winters, more for nostalgic reasons. The older I get, the more I appreciate our temperate climate here on the island.

    The gathering of all the pretty birds makes for fine entertainment, especially from the cozy indoors!

    Stay warm!

    Poppy

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  17. Beautiful picture of ice coated plant. Snow makes the birds difficult to have their food too. Red color bird having flower at it's head looks very cute.

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  18. I think I'm sad I missed that first title. LOL! I know what you mean about tiring of the ideas running rampant in our heads!! LOL! wishing you a wonderful day, Cheryl! blessings ~ tanna

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  19. Oh Beautiful beautiful photos. Hug B

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  20. Morning Cheryl, love the Cardinal pictures, such a beautiful red in the white snow...Think Spring, Francine.

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  21. Morning Cheryl, love the Cardinal pictures, such a beautiful red in the white snow...Think Spring, Francine.

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  22. pretty pictures! no snow here, some freezing rain overnight...maybe some snow over the weekend, but not sure, they are still pretty confused by it :) stay warm!

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  23. Visited the Blog Party post last night - this, this morning. I said it before, I miss the cardinals SO much - these are beautiful photos (we lived in St. Louis for 3-1/2 years). Hope you get some WARM, soon...sending sunshine your way - Happy Wednesday. Tanya

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  24. You've got some great pics, and you reminded me that it's time to go fill up the feeder. :)

    We've got that snow here today and more coming in over the weekend.

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  25. My very favorite Cheryl....Cardinals in the snow! These are stunning photos! Love it all!

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  26. HI itlloks so cold yet so lovely in your shots. the red cardinals look great against the snow and I just wonder how they do not freeze to death.

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  27. Oh....Wow.....that is a LOT of snow! Seriously, as a Texan I can say that our whole state would be shut down with that much snow. We can get a single inch of snow and the store shelves are empty! LOL.
    Blessings to you and please stay safe and WARM!
    shug

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  28. Amazon needs to program its drones to gather your abundance of snow and bring it to our dry, drought ridden state.

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  29. Enjoyed seeing and reading about what's happening in your neighborhood, Cheryl. Those cardinals are bright spots of color in a white landscape. We always enjoy seeing them at the feeders, which regretfully have been overrun by hordes of grackles and starlings this week.

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  30. Stay safe in all that snow. We are getting more beginning tomorrow.
    I loved all of your bird pictures. I feel sad that they are out in the harsh weather; you are so awesome to feed them.
    I too have lots of organizing and cleaning ideas but they probably won't come to pass until spring. I am looking forward to the warmer weather.
    Loved this one and blessings to you and your family.

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  31. Lovely shots of the snow and your birds feasting ! :)

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  32. Oh that ice and snow...BRRRR. Glad I'm not there, it's cold here 37 degrees right now, but no snow and ice thank you very much.

    The cardinals do so make winter more tolerable tho...so pretty!!!

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  33. Oh, yes, I get tired just thinking of all I want to do...

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  34. It's hard to get motivated when curled up in a blanket to keep warm! We got about 8 inches when all was said and done. Am hoping this next round skirts right around us. We have a lot of indoor projects that we should be tackling when we can't be outside but no motivation to tackle it all. Stay warm and safe out there!

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  35. I am sitting at my desk feeling very hot with all the fans on - it was so nice to look at your very cold wintry shots:)) They have cooled me completely.

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  36. I am glad I didn't know we had that much ice!

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