Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Day 52 - 21st February 2017- Boathouse, Lichen and Oak Leaves

Monday wasn't as warm as Sunday had been, a few flurries in the air during the morning. But still not a bad day. Managed a little house cleaning, Lexi and I roamed the hood some. Stopped and had tea at Lois' - Lexi is sociable and thinks we need to visit often. It could also be the chance of checking out the cat food dishes that draw her there. It looks like a week of mild temperatures during the day - more snow melt and colder at night. Sounds like it's time to tap the Maple trees and make syrup - Larry hasn't done any for a couple of years maybe he'll start again. For me, I've got to crack on to the database entry today and dedicate a few hours to that. A project to get finished up. Trivia tonight - hopefully I have some smarts.
A boat house waiting for spring to return

Snow covered Lichen

I'm always amazed at how some of the Oak leaves can hold on through out the winter.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Day 51 - 20th February 2017 - Yarmouth, Canada Geese and Mallards

Happy Heritage Day! Yes it's a holiday here in Nova Scotia, although Larry and his work place took it on Friday and are working today. After having so many snow days last week, hoping for a full work week.  With dear hubby out of the house once again, time for me to get some work done around here. We motored off to Yarmouth yesterday - beautiful day for driving and it was a quick trip - got everything I wanted then back home again mid afternoon. We did take a few minutes to drive out beyond Overton checking for birds, but not much by that time of day. Spied a few Hawks hunting on the way up and a Turkey Vulture. The temperature went up to +11 so some serious snow melting took place.
Looking over at the town of Yarmouth.
 Canada Geese
And popular everywhere - Mallards.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Day 50 - 19th February 2017 - Snow, Lights and a Birdhouse

Saturday warmed up and by afternoon things were melting - not the big high snow banks but the ice and snow on the tree limbs. Big B and I went for a walk after lunch, I've not figured out how to manage snowshoes and her at the same time so it was easier to go on foot. I mostly puttered around in the house, making pizza for supper, a few lunches for Larry's work week, laundry, etc. Kenny & Shawn came over so we got the spare bed move downstairs, so I can finish up that room. Now if they would just call with a surgery date! Think we might head out  and make a quick trip to Yarmouth this morning - need to pick up some things - my out of town list is getting long.

 Looking across the lake.

The summer lights from a neighbour's have dipped with the wind.

 Pretty cool the way the snow has rolled - looks like a small bucket or cup.
A bright red Birdhouse waits for spring.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Day 49 - 18th February 2017 - Evening Grosbeaks and Blue Jay

Friday was a little more shoveling, cleaning up around. I didn't get out on the snowshoes as I've buggered up my knee - guess I should have worn my brace. Maybe today it will come around. After lunch we headed off to town to do the grocery run, some errands and my fabulous hairdresser fit me in for a much needed hair cut. Oh it feels so much better and 20 lbs lighter I'm sure. It's a beautiful morning - chill in the air but it is February - stars and moon are hanging in the sky. Weather looks good for most of the upcoming week, something to look forward to.
 Evening Grosbeaks
 The Blue Jays and Evening Grosbeaks had some brightness to the winter scenery.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Day 48 - 17th February 2017 - Blue Jay, Robin and Mourning Dove

It always looks different in the daylight and when it came yesterday - there was a lot of snow down - almost as much as Monday's storm. So Thursday was a shovel out day. Larry was home, he did some shoveling, then a neighbour finished off the driveway. I did icicle duty around the house and shoveled some from the deck. After lunch once the plow went by I hit the banks and went for a stroll on the snowshoes, over to visit Lois and have tea. By then it was just blowing and not snowing, but before supper flurries had returned. Today looks much better - not much wind, a few stars in the sky but the moon keeps ducking behind dark clouds. Weather is suppose to be better for a few days. Larry's home today, they decided to take today as the holiday and head back to work on Monday. Hoping for a better work week.  Will head in town later for groceries, then spent some time putting more wood in the basement.

An unimpressed Blue Jay

This Mourning Dove decided to take shelter in the feeder.

A poor Robin doesn't look too happy about the weather.
And the Christmas Tree was full of Evening Grosbeaks

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Day 47 - 16th February 2017 - Icicle, Trees and Evening Grosbeak

And it's snowing...again! Suppose to stop this morning sometime, but looks like we've gotten a fair amount over night.  So guess it will be some more shoveling, snowshoeing and database entry - an exciting life I lead. Wednesday warmed up and with no wind was quite nice. Lexi and I roamed in the morning, then I put on the snowshoes after lunch and went on a jaunt of my own. And of course, knocked the icicles off of the house. It was nice in the woods although soft in a few spots, however, the road side banks are still nice and firm and I can zip right long on top of those. Makes me really tall too! Some computer work, a few chores around the house filled in the day. Cooked a pork roast with potato/turnip mash and veggies for supper - good for leftovers. I'd rather do cooking every other night. Think I lost a Chickadee yesterday, the Sharp Shined Hawk must have stopped by - I saw a lot of feathers around in the afternoon.  I've not seen him for a while, but he does tend to lurk in the trees. This is what nature does.

Icicle in the morning light

A little sun through the woods

And of course one of our regular visitors - Evening Grosbeak

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Day 46 - 15th February 2017 - Song Sparrow, Blue Jay and Evening Grosbeak

Beautiful morning out there - stars and moon are shining brightly, the snow is sparkling like natures bling. Another  "special weather statement" up on the weather sites - more snow/ice pellets coming for tonight and tomorrow morning. Guess I'll wait til spring to put away the storm supplies - Butane burner, lanterns etc.  Tuesday morning was a great time for snowshoeing - got out for an hour through the hood. The snow was crusty in most places and was easy to stay on top. I'll take advantage of the nice day and go out again. It's also easier for me to go around the house knocking off the icicles. So far the electric stuff we have on the roof is working well and we are avoiding leaks. Time to tackle a couple of hours of database entry again.  Might throw a chicken in the oven for supper, the storm Chili is gone and I like my leftovers!

The Song Sparrow was resting in the Christmas Tree.
This Blue Jay is having a bad hair day!
Another Christmas tree visitor - Evening Grosbeak

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Day 45 - 14th February 2017 - Chickadee, Blue Jays and Junco

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Well we weathered that storm and boy it was everything they called for and then some! Still windy this morning and cold but no more snow coming down. We were fortunate, didn't lose our power - that's the thing that always sucks in a storm. I kept the Christmas tree and feeders closest to the house filled all day and the birds appreciated the food. They were hungry and the wind tossed the little ones around like paper. I did buzz around and do some chores - laundry, floors etc. in the morning, then curled up with Lexi and read in the afternoon. We all kind of dozed off. Larry kept the driveway cleared, working an hour at a time and then resting in between. The snow was heavy to shovel. Today I'll get out on the snowshoes for a roam in the hood. Now that we've had our winter - I'm ready for spring!

 Blue Jays

Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Day 44 - 13th Feebruary 2017 - Junco, Evening Grosbeak and Chickadee

Starting off the week with another storm. It's wild out there this morning - wind is blowing hard, snowing -  looks like this is truly the blizzard/storm they called for.  So far the power is holding here, not sure about other places. Good day to stay in and either curl up with a cup of tea and read or do a little database entry. Hopefully later I'll get out on the snowshoes. Yesterday was  a get ready for the storm day - did a big pot of chili to have ready for Monday/Tuesday night supper - something easy that can be reheated on the butane burner just in case of a power outage. Did up lunch entrees for a couple of days for Larry and of course muffins. Puttered around with laundry, etc. Then headed out for a roam on the snowshoes. Not quite enough snow, but the banks of the road where the plow plows it up is pretty good for zipping across. Stopped at Lois' for tea and she had to make me famous with a pic! Larry continue with the bathroom and threw some more wood in the basement.

Junco and Song Sparrow in the Honeysuckle Bush.

Evening Grosbeak foraging for seeds

Even the Squirrels needed to eat before the storm
The Chickadee found the prize

Enjoy your day - stay safe!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Day 43 - 12th February 2017 - Evening Grosbeak, Goldfinch and Chickadee

Saturday remained very cold and it was a quiet day at work, but I managed to get lots done or at least at lot in the project I'm working on which will now involve more database entry but that's ok, I'll plug away at it. Snow flurries most of the day, grabbed a few groceries and supper on the way home. Made it a fairly early night for me, so at least I'm rested this morning. More snow overnight. Time to get ready for the next storm coming tonight/tomorrow. Once winter arrives it's not stopping, this week looks nasty.  Once I get some lunch box prep done, muffins made this morning, I'll take a stroll around the hood on the snowshoes. Should be enough snow down now.

Evening Grosbeak enjoying a seed on the fence.
 Goldfinch chilling.
Chickadee eyeing up seeds in the Christmas tree.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Day 42 - 11th February 2017 - Evening Grosbeaks and Goldfinches

Beautiful but cold morning out there - owls are up the road hooting, stars are twinkling, moon is full. The snow  looks like jewels sparkling in the street light. I'm working today, so off to town and will pick up a few groceries on the way home providing there is anything left on the shelves. Another storm on the way Sunday night/Monday morning. Winter has set in and next week looks like several storms in the forecast.
Friday was kind of a lackluster day. Too cold and windy  to enjoy snowshoeing, it was all I could do to bundle up and take Lexi for a run and she wasn't keen on going too far. So we hung in the house, chasing a few cobwebs, some computer work and various other household chores I really didn't want to do. Of course there is always time spent at the kitchen window watching the birds at the feeders. Lots of activity but no one new joining the existing flocks. We went out to the Friday Night Club aka Talk Show, Gossip group or UN meeting- depending on which of the members you ask. Oh it's just a couple of hours of fun discussing current events although I drank too much regular tea and was awake half the night and then up too early this morning. Long day on the horizon!
The Male Evening Grosbeak is having a bit of a bad hair day
Goldfinches top the Christmas tree

 Female Evening Grosbeak - I see a seed!
Yup, it's there - got it!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Day 41 - 10th February 2017 - Mourning Doves, Woodpecker and Chickadee

Yesterday started off nice enough, but by noon it had started to cloud over, mid afternoon the wind picked up and it was considerably darker. No doubt that there was a weather system on it's way. It started just before supper, came down fast and hard, then turned to ice pellets/freezing rain and back to snow. Not really sure how much we received in total. Too dark to tell yet. I got up to the back porch door swinging open- not good but sometimes it pays to wake  at 4:30am. At least it was still locked! This old house drives me nuts sometimes - a little ice must have gotten down around the bottom of the door casing - oh well a bungie cord is doing the trick for now. Stars are out, wind has picked up a bit but according to the weather sites, the storm is over. It was great watching the birds late in the afternoon before the snow started. The Chickadees were crazy feeding - trying to get their bellies full before the storm. They remind me of Hummingbirds, in that they never stop eating. I went back out and reloaded the Christmas tree and a few feeders before supper.

Mourning Doves all puffed up against the wind.

Female Woodpecker enjoying the suet

In the Christmas Tree finding seeds.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Day 40 - 9th February 2017 - Evening Grosbeak, Song Sparrow and Blue Jay

Batten down the hatches - winter has arrived - Nor'easter on the way today. High winds and lots of snow forecast for this afternoon and night. Get ready for power outages. Hoping Friday morning I can get back out with the snowshoes again! I'm going to require a nap this afternoon I'm sure, it's been one of those way to early mornings for me - 3:30am. I knew that's what would happen after having 3 good sleeps in a row.  The birds were feeding greedily yesterday, the large flock of Evening Grosbeaks, Mourning Doves, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Goldfinches, a few Red Breasted Nuthatches and a pair of Song Sparrows. Always a sign that bad weather is on it's way. I've not seen the Sharp Shinned Hawk for quite a while, he must be happier these days at Lois' feeders. I think the Library is cleared out except for some dusting, Larry continued with molding in the bathroom last evening.

I get more enjoyment from the Christmas tree since we've had it out by the feeders than I did in the house. The Evening Grosbeaks and smaller birds love finding the seeds we've tossed in it.

One of the Song Sparrows checking out the seeds that have fallen.

And our regular cheeky Blue Jays. Even they were sharing yesterday.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Day 39 - 8th February 2017 - Evening Grosbeaks and Icy Branches

So we woke up to some snow on the ground, now it appears to be a light  freezing rain - who knows! Some reported thunder and lightening early this morning. Tomorrow is a promise of more snow. Well I guess what they say is true - Nova Scotia - wait five minutes and the weather will change. Photos were sluggish loading  and when I realized that I finally got them all loaded and two were the same I gave up! Some days are like that. So once again I'm back in the groundhog movie - database entry, finishing the library. Well at least I think I can finish that room today and hopefully on the weekend we'll move the bed down in place and things will be ready whenever we get the call for Larry's surgery. He got some molding up in the bathroom last night while I went to Trivia. We are making headway there too!

Evening Grosbeaks - appears to be a lot more females around.

A little winter bling on the branches

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Day 38 - 7th February 2017 - Blue Jays, Goldfinches and Chickadees

Looks like some nasty weather on it's way for later day/tonight. Snow, freezing rain then rain - sounds like fun! Took  a ham out of the freezer to cook - will make some good leftovers for the next few days and something different for a change. Guess I'll have to do scallop potatoes to go with it. Today's going to be a repeat of yesterday in the work direction and maybe get a few things ready in case of a power outage. Time to get some things crossed off my to do list. 
I stayed to the plan yesterday and got things done. A couple hours of database entry - boring!, some laundry, time in the kitchen, research and the library. In between Lexi and I did a little roaming around the hood and even stopped for tea with Lois. Seems like a lot of Blue Jays and Mourning Doves hogging the feeders these days. Good workout last night - sure a few muscles are going to be aching - I even used a 15lb weight last night! Challenging myself a little more.

One Blue Jay in a feeder pretty well fills it up - or maybe they just like to hog them.

Same thing in another feeder

But the Goldfinches found one they could share.
And the Chickadee picked up the leftovers on the ground.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Day 37 - 6th February 2017 - Evening Grosbeaks, Mourning Doves and Goldfinches

Sunday was mostly an inside day except for a quick jaunt with Lexi in the afternoon. Larry worked on the bathroom. Definitely seeing progress in the bathroom - it's been usable for some time but nice to see the walls painted and soon the molding will be in place. Then the flooring can go down and we can move on to finishing up the laundry room. I puttered around the house doing all that stuff I love to do....Not! I finished off a book  between bouts of housework, then had an early night (that football thing was on tv) and started another book.  Back to the work week this morning. Guess I'll spend the first part of the day in the kitchen doing lunch box prep, then I've got a database entry project to work on - will spend a couple of hours on that and get back to the library purging and cleaning.

The Evening Grosbeaks acting like love birds.

 Seems to be a lot of Mourning Doves this year.
Finally some little birds at the new feeder - Goldfinches.

Enjoy your day!