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Frosted Moss (A Brief Moment In Time)

As I was outside with the energizer bunny (Ryder), the sky darkened and small wee bits of snow swirled in the wind. It lasted only 5 minutes, but that was long enough to coat the moss in our yard in waves of white frosting.

Notice the little wavy pattern of the snow.

Notice the little wavy pattern of the snow and how it’s stuck to just one side of the moss.

Unfortunately, it came in 5 minutes and then left in 5 minutes.  The temperature was exactly 32 degrees farenheit and the sun was peeking off and on through the clouds just enough to melt everything it touched.

You can see some of the droplets beginning to form from the snow.  It was beautiful while it lasted.

 

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Brrrr… A Cold and Grey Day

It snowed last night.  But the worst was yet to come. Today brought a cold, cold wind. With wind chill it was 1 degree Farenheit (-17 celsius) outside. Not my favorite kind of day! I bird watched awhile before having to suck it up and take the energizer bunny (Ryder) out for his daily chase session.  Enjoy the pics!

A wee bit of snow.

A wee bit of snow.

A poor song sparrow poofed against the cold.

A poor song sparrow poofed against the cold.

A junco huddled against the wind and waiting out the blowing snow.

A junco huddled against the wind and waiting out the blowing snow.

A lone cardinal standing watch.

A lone cardinal standing watch.

The snow was so heavy it weighed down the tree branches. Without snow, you can walk under this tree no problem.

The snow was so heavy it dragged the tree branches down to the ground. Without snow, you can walk under this tree no problem.

While the wind blew away the bulk of the snow at the base of the tree, there was still enough that the birds had to dig for their supper.

After the worst of the windy weather, birds began showing up to eat.  While the wind blew away the bulk of the snow at the base of the tree where we have feeders, there was still enough that the birds had to dig for their supper.

And then it was time for me to bundle up, grit my teeth and get out the door.

Despite the frosty temps and being frosty of face and ears with icicles hanging off his chin, Ryder, of course, enjoyed himself thoroughly. Note the snow covered frisbee between his legs. And though the wind let up a little and the sun peaking out between the clouds, mom FROZE HER BUTT OFF!  (Have I mentioned I don't like the cold?)

Despite the frosty temps and being frosty of face and ears with icicles hanging off his chin, Ryder, of course, enjoyed himself thoroughly. Note the snow-covered frisbee between his legs. And though the wind let up a little and the sun peaked out between the clouds, mom FROZE HER BUTT OFF! (Have I mentioned I don’t like the cold?) The things we do for our pets!

 

Our First Real Snow This Winter (Ryder Was Loving It)

So fall finally gave up her grip and winter has descended.  We had our first accumulation and it was a wet sticky snow.  So, of course, I had to go out with the camera.  My 54 pound energizer bunny demanded to go as well.

Looking down the back of our yard, everything frosted and beautiful.

Looking down the back of our yard, everything frosted and beautiful.

Looking into the tree line that separates our property from the neighbors.  Every little branch holding its bit of snow.

Standing under one of our old maples looking into the tree line that separates our property from the neighbors. Every little branch holding its bit of snow, whitening the landscape so thoroughly you can’t see our neighbors yard.

And while I was meandering and trying to enjoy the hush that such a snow brings, my four-footed tornado was running, snuffling, and demanding attention.

Zoom, zooom

Running, running, running…

Heavy enough to bring down

So wet and heavy, the snow was enough to bring boughs down to earth.

And still he ran.

And still he ran. (Ryder loves the snow.)

After about 40 minutes of the zoomies, Ryder finally wound down.

After about 40 minutes of the zoomies, Ryder finally wound down.  And I headed to the back of the yard to stand under a large pine tree and listen to the quiet.

The view through the tree branches was spectacular.

The view through the tree branches was spectacular. It was a fine way to end the day.

 

Ryder’s First Real Snow Since Puppyhood

Unfortunately for us, we can’t leave Ryder alone outside for more than a few minutes ’cause the little stinker is still eating inappropriate things. *sigh*  So, of course, Ryder was enthralled with the first real snow of the year. So much so, that he just kept asking to go out to pee, and then wouldn’t, because he just wanted to rub his face in the snow and hop around like a bunny. Potty trips are NOT play trips. Which meant many fruitless trips outside and it was making us crazy. At one point I loaded a Kong with treats and stuck him in his crate so I wouldn’t strangle his butt.

My daughter and I scrambled to clear up a long block of time for chasing and rambling so we could get him outside before he lost his little mind.  Or we lost ours. 😀  Luckily we have a partially wooded lot of an acre and a half to run his little legs off in.  So after a trip outside to hide toys in the snow, I opened the door and turned him loose.

Thanks to Saver of Bugs for the handful of pictures she was able to get of a speeding puppazoid in between gusts of snow.

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“I’m gonna get you!”

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Pounce and dig! (For some reason, Ryder likes to jump on his toys and then dig and kick them out behind him. Which, of course, necessitates more chasing!

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“Come back here!”

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“Gotcha!”

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Running, running, running!

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Ryder: “Roooll…roooll…roooll…” Mom: “Yeah, how’s that working for you, Ryder?”

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Mom: “Here, let me help. You watching?” Ryder: “Throw it, throw it, throw it…”

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“Aaaand, he’s off!”

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WOOT! Saver managed to catch a sliding stop with a right hand spin!

I'm just loving this snow!"

I’m just loving this snow!”

An hour later a much more relaxed and happy puppy came back to the house with us.  He got to nap and we had to get back to work.  Just not fair! O_o

And More Snow…

I got up about 3 am last night/this morning.  Suddenly I realized I could see without a flashlight. (Yes, I use a flashlight when I get up.  It’s better than blinding myself with room lights, not to mention waking everyone else up, and it keeps me from tripping over cats and their toys.) The light was coming from the windows and when I looked outside I could see everywhere.  Snow covered everything and it seemed almost as light as day.  It was breathtaking.  Unfortunately, my camera did not agree about the amount of light so I had to wait until I got up to get pictures. Enjoy the view!

It was a wet, heavy snow and it weighted down the poor pines.  But it was pretty!

It was a wet, heavy snow and it weighted down the poor pines. But it was pretty!

Outside the bathroom window.

Outside the bathroom window.

Outside a bedroom window.

Outside a bedroom window.

ALL the little branches are coated with snow!

ALL the little branches are coated with snow!

More coated branches making the world soo white!

More coated branches making the world soo white!

So white!  What was really weird was that their are NO prints!  Not a single critter had been wandering around.

So white! What was really weird was that there are NO prints! Not a single critter had been wandering around.

Over the hill.  It's so white you can't tell there is a highway beyond that house unless someone drives by.

Over the hill. It’s so white you can’t tell there is a highway beyond that house unless someone drives by.

Even sheltered by the house the bird feeder was covered with a pile of snow.  And, YES!, after I was done with pictures I broomed off the feeder and put more seed out for the birdies in the bush.  That bush was quivering with all the birds that were running around inside.

Even sheltered by the house, the bird feeder was covered with a pile of snow. And, YES!, after I was done with pictures I broomed off the feeder and put more seed out for the birdies in the bush. That bush was quivering with all the birds that were running around inside! 🙂

Please keep all the people on the east coast in the path of the storm in your thoughts.  It could get ugly for them.

Let It Snow? Let It Snow?

Single digit temps, below zero temps with windchill.  Ugh.  Have I mentioned how much I dislike the cold?  🙂   A nurse I met one time when I was in the hospital said the easiest explanation to give people was that I am chronically hypothermic.  Even in the summer I can get cold sitting in the shade with a cool breeze blowing.  So you can imagine how much fun I’m having.

However, with the wind blowing hard and the snow coming down fast, it was rather surreal today.  So here are some pics out my windows.

There are trees on that hill across the street, truly!

There are trees on that hill across the street, truly!

Poor frozen shriveled rhododendron!

Poor frozen shriveled rhododendron!

There are more trees at the back of the yard, but we can't see them!

There are more trees at the back of the yard, but we can’t see them!  Can you see the snow stuck to the windows?

And more snow...

And more snow…

A lull in the action.  But the snow is piling up on the window sill!

A lull in the action. But the snow is piling up on the window sill!

I missed a really good shot (those of you who know me can guess where I was! 🙂 ).  My husband went to let the dog in and started laughing as he went through the door.  Apparently Jake was totally covered in snow!

Weather, Back Pain, a Little Bit of Work Done

 Random Thoughts

Not a whole lot to talk about today.  I’m still fighting with my back.  It’s amazing how tired pain makes you.  And when you can’t sleep properly, it just gets worse from there.

I found this saying rifling through some papers I had and it startled a laugh out of me.  And a, “Yeah, right”.  And an eye roll.  But still…

“I have a lot of excitement in my life.  I used to call it tension, but I feel much better now that I call it excitement.” –Madeleine Costigan

Life At Our House

WOO HOO!  I finished my monthly boxes!  I’m going to print out the inventory and add up the teapots and mugs.  I know I have over 40 teapots.  I’m going to split February in half so I can have January out for at least a little while.  My favorite winter teapot is in January.  But first Christmas needs to be put away.  February 2 (Candlemas) is looming.  Yikes!

We did get one thing done this weekend.  The Christmas dishes have been washed and put away.

I can't remember when I bought these.  I just remember they were on clearance...

I can’t remember when I bought these. I just remember they were on clearance…

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Shhhh...nap time.

Shhhh…nap time.

Out In The Yard

I am really tired of this screwy weather.  Here is three days ago:

Snow, snow, snow

Snow, snow, snow

And more snow.

And more snow.

Single digits and minus zero windchills made for hungry birdies.  Mourning Dove, Junco, Cardinal, and Chickadee

Single digits and minus zero windchills made for hungry birdies. Mourning Dove, Junco, Cardinal, and Chickadee

It has now been raining for 2 straight days.  It made it up to 68 degrees today.  And guess what I found?

Daffodils in freaking January.

Daffodils in freaking January.

And my white star shaped flowers whose name escapes me.  These have been dug up by my neighbors cats &%@#&.  Can you see the paw print in the mud?

And my white star shaped flowers whose name escapes me. These have been dug up by my neighbors cats &%@#&. Can you see the paw print in the mud?

And by tomorrow morning it is supposed to be back down to 27 degrees.  WTF?  My poor plants!

Mug of the Day

The following mug was given to me by my BFF when I was in college.  It survived all these years and, if I counted right, 11 moves.  Now Saver of Bugs has it at college with her.  And my BFF is her honorary Auntie.  Long live the blue horse mug!

This mug is so awesome.  Sorry about the pic quality though,  the camera's not the best.

This mug is so awesome. Sorry about the pic quality though, the camera’s not the best. – Saver