I’M WONDERING IF THIS MIGHT BE A ‘CHIPPING SPARROW’
When I stepped outside with Pheebs Tuesday night it was snowing heavily and I could here wind in the trees. We had us a snow storm going on and it continued through the night dumping about 8 inches of snow on us. By this morning many area roads were closed and school buses were cancelled for a second day. But it sure looked pretty outside with a build up of snow on everything and especially the pine tree boughs.
First order of business for me was to get myself on the end of my snow shovel again. Wasn't quite as easy as a couple days ago but after an hour I had the paths to the birdfeeders cleared as well as to the Motorhome. By the time I finished the driveway my lower back and upper neck were barking so figured I had better take a break before shoveling all the snow away from behind the Motorhome. Loaded up the little Bonzo Buns and we Jeeped ourselves into Bayfield to grab us a coffee to go.
KELLY SAID IF I DIDN’T STOP AND POSE FOR THESE PICTURES SHE WOULD UP AND SMACK ME ONE!!
I’VE ALWAYS LIKE THIS PIECE OF PROPERTY ON THE WAY TO BAYFIELD
TUESDAY MORNING I TOOK A PHOTO FROM THIS SPOT AND THE BAYFIELD RIVER WAS OPEN AND THIS MORNING A MERE 24 HOURS LATER IT IS FROZE OVER
BAYFIELD’S PIONEER APRK
BAYFIELD’S POLE WALKING CLUB ISN’T LETTING THE COLD WEATHER STOP THEM
Snow had quit falling a few hours before and winds had diminished so with Pheebs window down we headed off out into the countryside southeast of Bayfield. Roads were in good shape so we cruised around for maybe an hour before setting course for home. It was a gray day again but we did manage a few photos along the way.
IN THIS ROADSIDE SNOWDRIFT I SEE A RUNNING ‘STICK MAN’
MANY RURAL HOMES CAN’T BE SEEN IN THE SUMMER WITH ALL THE LEAVES BUT COME WINTER ONE CAN CATCH A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IS BEHIND ALL THOSE LEAVES
A SNOWY APPLE ORCHARD
THESE UNPICKED APPLES ALREADY HAVE THEIR SNOWY LITTLE WINTER HATS ON
TOO BAD WE DIDN’T HAVE SUNNY BLUE SKIES TODAY AS A NICE BACKDROP FOR ALL THESE SNOWY TREES
PHEEBS LOVES ALL THIS WINTER SCENERY AS WELL
SNOWPLOWS HAVE BEEN KEPT VERY BUSY THESE PAST NUMBER OF DAYS
ONLY A FEW MILES FROM HOME SKIES DARKENED AND IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE IT BEGAN SNOWING AGAIN
WE LIVE SOMEWHERE IN THAT FOREST OVER THERE
ABOUT A MILE EAST OF OUR PLACE
Home again by 11 I quickly grabbed the snow shovel and tackled the snow built up behind the Motorhome. Twenty minutes later I had the area cleared. The rig goes in for an oil change and pre-travel check-up Friday morning and I didn't want to start the day off with a stuck Motorhome. Moved a few bird feeders around and that was about it for another day.
Speaking of birds we sure have a bunch of them at the feeders now since all the snow has arrived these past few days. Blue Jays all over the place and we easily had half a dozen or more in the front yard at several different times. Of course when we leave in a week and half the birds will have to slip over to the neighbors feeders and I think there are a fair number of people in our Park with feeders out. We are a 55+ Park and older folks are well known for looking after our feathered friends in winter time. Some of the following Blue Jay photos aren’t the best but have decided to include them anyway.
No sun today but I did see a few small patches of blue sky and that perked me up some. Definitely a better day than I had Tuesday. We're coming down to the wire with our departure date on the 23rd and I know next week will slip by quickly as we bustle about loading the rig and taking care of last minute things. We haven't had to do this in the winter before and with colder temperatures and almost daily snowfalls it's bit of a different kettle of fish for us. There are certainly many advantages to getting on the road before the cold weather and snow arrives and I certainly wouldn't want to do it this way again if we could help it.
OUR HOUSE IN THE WINTER TIME
PHEEBER TRACKS IN THE SNOW
I HAVE TO KEEP THIS AREA BEHIND THE MOTORHOME CLEAR OF SNOW FOR SURE
THIS ONE’S FOR YOU MONICA
HEARD A BUNCH OF HONKING OVERHEAD
A LARGE FLOCK OF CANADA GEESE WING THEIR WAY SOUTH
Kelly's been busy on the phone setting up things like travel insurance, our Shaw Satellite TV renewal, Verizon Internet, T-Mobile cell phones, etc. etc. It's always a big schmaazoo every year for we Canadians heading south across the border with so many things having to be taken care of.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( An elderly looking gentleman, (mid nineties) very well dressed, hair well groomed, great looking suit, flower in his lapel, smelling slightly of a good after shave, presenting a well-looked-after image, walks into an upscale cocktail lounge. Seated at the bar is an elderly looking lady. The gentleman walks over, sits along side of her, orders a drink, takes a sip, turns to her and says, "So tell me, do I come here often?"
My face in the mirror isn't wrinkled or drawn. My house isn't dirty. The cobwebs are gone. My garden looks lovely and so does my lawn. I think I might never put my glasses back on.
A frustrated wife told me the other day her definition of retirement: "Twice as much husband on half as much pay."