Saturday, October 14, 2006

Snow Envy

My good friend, Vancouver Voyeur, is having a bad case of snow envy. She loves when snow sticks to the trees. I thought I'd treat her to a couple of pictures.

This task wasn't as easy as it seems. The wind has been blowing at 30mph for 5 days, so I had to find a sheltered spot in my back yard, where the snow wasn't blowing off the trees. Note all the green leaves that are still on the trees. Weatherwise, 2006 has been a freaky year!

This picture actually has 3-4 chickadees in it. Their plumage blends right into the background. After I snapped the picture, they made a beeline to our birdfeeder, scolding me all the way. I was blocking their normal flightpath to the feeder.


At 10/14/2006 8:32 AM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Nice pictures. Like VV, I have snow envy also because we most likely will not get any. I'm laughing at the birds - I exercise caution around birds at all times. You never know when they might peck at you.

At 10/14/2006 9:00 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

No worries, Notta. Our chickadees will eat out of your hand, and have never pecked. They are quite mouthy though.

At 10/14/2006 10:48 AM, Blogger Vest said...

The temp has dropped from 45cel midday yesterday to 16 cel right now due to strong winds from the south, in NSW OZ. Thats 107F down to 16F, frightening.

At 10/14/2006 10:52 AM, Blogger Nancy Drew said...

Wow. Tshsmom, you LIKE this stuff?

Someone besides Raven LIKES this stuff?

Want me to call a doctor for you?

At 10/14/2006 4:56 PM, Blogger Miranda said...

Ugh. I remember those days.
I think you may have just brightened my mood. I've been sulking about it not being the right time to buy a house in SD and now that I remember the snow, I'm happier to be here ;).
Though it WOULD be fun to go sledding.

*brings you some hot chocolate*
Stay warm over there!

At 10/14/2006 5:08 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Lovely photos. Brrrr. Spent most of my life in winter, rather be in Florida. But I so wish I could bring my grandkids out for a few weeks in the fall, and then let them see the snows, and roll in the snow, and make snow angels, and sled like their mommies did. You gave me an idea, I'm going to put a bird feeder on my tiny patio off my bedroom for the winter. Good ol' internet - I'll find out what kind of birds winter here and what they like to eat!

At 10/14/2006 5:29 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Wow. I just read about the snow in Buffalo... I heard that they're predicting a dryer than normal winter out here, which isn't good at all since we rely on the snowpack for our water the rest of the year. We're already in a drought practically. Sorry you had to go through this so soon, though you seem to have taken it in stride... I thought I'd be the first one to report snow!

At 10/14/2006 7:02 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

ND, we are enjoying it. I get sick of snow about the middle of February, though.
Yup, Raven and I are heat haters and winter lovers.

Miranda, I thought all of SD's snow blew over here?
We LOVE the change of seasons. CA would get a little boring for us.
*here's a cookie, to go with the hot chocolate* ;)

Diana, L says that feeding the birds is one of the few things we get more than our money's worth in entertainment.
Try black-oiled sunflower seed. 99% of the birds love it!

WC, I thought you'd be first too, since you're in the mountains.
They were predicting a dry, warm winter here too. It sure doesn't look like that now.
We've had drought all summer too. The snow really helped knock down the fire danger.

At 10/14/2006 8:14 PM, Blogger SME said...

Hmmph. No snow here yet. Probably have another stupid brown Christmas.

At 10/15/2006 7:35 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Have faith SME. It's still early in the season. ;)

At 10/15/2006 9:44 AM, Blogger Vest said...

yesterday 45 cel noon boiling hot.
today 22 cel rain at noon.
midnight 15 cel.shivers.

At 10/15/2006 11:14 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

So much going on here since I kinda dropped out of the blogworld for a while.

I'm glad that you're getting so much work done on your house and garage. We've had little things to do here and there, but sometimes it seems overwhelming.

Z sounds like such a wonderful kid. I can see why you're worried about his being able to adapt to the working world. It would be great if he could find himself the perfect niche with a very understanding employer. He's smart and very good at enough things that could be a wonderful asset to the right business. And you'll have to help him look for that girl with excellent organizational skills. ;)

And, about that snow thing, we had some here. Didn't get that much to stick which is fine by me. Today the sun is shining and the wind has finally died down. Hope you're getting decent weather.

At 10/15/2006 11:33 AM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

nothin stickin here yet.... nercifully!

At 10/15/2006 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They keep predicting snow here, but we just haven't got it yet. However the prediction was good motivation for Dan to finish installing our fuel pump. There's been some snow in the higher elevations, though.

By the way, I'll keep an eye out for mulies, I know they're here!

At 10/15/2006 6:22 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Squirl, a lot of things will be overwhelming to you for quite a while yet. You've had a hard loss to adjust to.
I'm sure Z would resist any girl that I suggest. Maybe if I use reverse psychology? ;)

GWB, I'm hoping that YOUR snow will hold off until you're moved.

Courtney, snow is a great motivator! You guys lucked out. Some areas of Wyoming got a bunch of snow.
I'll let you know when we head out west again, so you can corral a mulie for us. ;)

At 10/16/2006 3:09 AM, Blogger Vest said...

Top level water restrictions here in Oz strayer east coast, not allowed to use tap water for cars-gardens etc, slung four pails of washing machine water over the car then drove to the shopping centre in pouring rain with heater on, 48 hrs ago it was 45 cel
What are chickadees?

At 10/16/2006 11:18 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Awwwwww, that was so sweet!! You made my day. I pulled those pictures up and enlarged them for more detail, just gorgeous! I think loving snow is built into my Scandinavian roots, that and my New York State childhood. I wish it snowed alot on the Eastern Shore. *sigh* But at lease I have wonderful pictures to look at now. Thanks for braving the winds and the birds! :-)

At 10/16/2006 3:53 PM, Blogger Miladysa said...

I too have snow envy but not the cold envy :]

I'm off to google 'chickadees' :]

At 10/16/2006 7:28 PM, Blogger .: raven :. said...

the house looks beautimus and i love the snow pictures!!!

i wish it would snow here!!!

i'm so tired of the sun ... *sigh*

At 10/16/2006 9:04 PM, Blogger SME said...

Didn't know chickadees were so mysterious! ;D
Finally snowed here today, but melted almost immediately. Now it's just damp. ;(

At 10/16/2006 11:02 PM, Blogger Vest said...

Chickadees appear to be typical Nth Am bludging birds relying on their existance from handuts. A Galah is an Oz Stupid parrot 'therefore the name bludgerygalah is often used to name a dole recipient.
Drongo is another quaint Antipodean name used in conjunction with the expression asshole, the drongo being a AUS Bird which in essence is nothing but pure nastiness, It would also feed from your hand as it loves fingers too.

At 10/17/2006 6:09 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

You're welcome, VV.
The pics would've been better if I'd taken the time to get closer, crouch down, and frame them better. Sorry, too windy and wet to slog around, in low shoes, out there.
I promise I'll post some better pics this winter.
Ahhhhh, Scandanavian roots. That explains my love of snow; it's in my genes. ;)

sa, I just hope we don't get any more ice storms this winter...ugh!


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