Deep Freeze

Wind chill is approx. 20° below zero.

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Decorated by Mother Nature

Mother Nature decorated our corner of the universe with icicles as we slept last night. It was so beautiful at 5am, it took my breath away.

I don’t know if it’s my lack of photography skills, or my lack of a high-end camera, but I had to wait until daybreak to get pictures… and they still don’t do it justice.

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Fresh Snow

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The View From My Kitchen Window

What I was hoping to see…charlie-hunnam

 

What I actually saw…slider_turtle2

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The View From My Kitchen Window

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The View From My Kitchen Window

the view from my kitchen windowThis was the view from my kitchen window early this morning.

It’s currently 16° with snow falling at the rate of about an inch per hour. And they’re predicting wind gusts up to 40mph for this afternoon.

Winter wonderland my ass. We’re trapped. With three gassy dogs.

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I’ve Got a Peeping Tom

tomHe’s been hanging on that same spot on the kitchen window ogling me all week.

Creepy, huh?

I swear his eyes follow you everywhere, just like one of those paintings in a Three Stooges episode.

And is it just me, or does he appear to be baring what look like tiny little razor-sharp teeth?

I think I’ve gotta lay off the Stephen King novels.

Oops, almost forgot to wish all the Dad’s a Happy Father’s Day!

(Geez, I wonder if “Tom” has any kids?)

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The View From My Window – Spring Edition

There’s some kewl (and some not so kewl) stuff going on out in the yard again.

The Phoebe is back for her fourth year in a row to nest atop the porch post. She’s laid three eggs, and leaves the nest infrequently.

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A couple of days ago I heard a commotion on the porch, and when I went to investigate, I discovered that the Phoebe has a new neighbor. Meet Mrs. Robin…..

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The Phoebe was none too happy about this development……..

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Truth be told, we’re not thrilled either. Since they usually produce two broods each year, it looks like yet another summer where we won’t have use of the porch until August.

Then late yesterday afternoon, as I’m passing the dining room window, I spot one of the dogs with something hanging out of her mouth. Ack! For a second I thought she’d snagged Mr. Chipmunk, but soon realized she’d uncovered a nest of baby rabbits. She reluctantly dropped it when I told her to, but it was too late. I gotta say, I am always taken aback when one of them does something so, well, so dog-like.

This morning I went out to the nest to see how many babies remained. Not two feet from the back of the house……

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I haven’t seen anything of Mom today, but I think they only return to the nest a couple of times a day at this stage. I surely hope she does return, ‘cuz the babies are exposed to the world right now, and it’s supposed to rain for like the next five days. I was so much happier not knowing they were out there.

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The View From My Kitchen Window

There’s always something kewl happening in my yard. I thought I’d share a few pictures with you before I purge them from my PC.

Actually, I should have taken this picture a week ago, when the tree still had most of it’s leaves, and you could have seen it at its peak. But, I’m a procrastinator. I finally shot it this morning because there are high winds predicted for this afternoon and it will most likely be bare by tomorrow.

To the left of that maple tree is the stump of a long-gone Catalpa tree. Being a lazy landscaper, I just tossed a bag of potting soil into it and planted hens and chickens.

A pair of chipmunks soon took up residence inside the stump.

I like to think that they have little matchbox beds and thread spool nightstands in there.

As an added bonus, I get to watch their antics every morning while I have my coffee.

This is a baby mockingbird we found under that same maple tree in late summer. He’s smiling in this picture because he’s fairly certain that his mother is about to swoop down on my head. She did find him soon after we did and she fed him for a couple of days before he flew off……

Speaking of birds, I discovered this nest of House Finches smack dab in the middle of one of my Boston Ferns while watering it one day. Fortunately for them, I’m just short enough to have to water from the side because I can’t reach the center, so none of them took a bath.

And just three-feet away from that fern…..a nest of Eastern Phoebes atop the porch pillar. Believe it or not, there were five of them packed in there…..

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