Best part…. No black flies!!
(Don’t worry, it is just an Instagram filter on the photo, my legs are really so white they are blue. I’m not burnt.)
Jeff cut the grass today with the dethatcher.
Then we went to town and picked up the usual spring supplies: grass seed, soil, lawn fertilizer, Round-up, Pansies for the porch containers, steak for the BBQ, and a couple more big pots for planting veggies in another month.
Still going down to 0° Celcius tonight – that should kept those damn black flies and mosquitos away for a bit longer. Really, there aren’t even signs of leaves coming on the trees yet
I took a bunch of quick photos of crocuses with my iPhone the other night. They would have opened the next day….
they are gone.
2 suspicious looking fat bunny rabbits were seen leaving the scene.
Since the rabbit population was been almost non-existent over this past year, I will forgive you bunnies.
The gold finches are turning yellow again.
They get really dull looking during the winter.
Here is the first one to start turning on our front birch tree this past Saturday (during a bit of a snow storm!)
Happy Birthday to my sister Julie today!
I’m off to work. Have a good one!
The sun came out today and it hasn’t snowed since dawn. That must mean it is spring!
After work, Jeff and I took Monty to the ball park to run around and play fetch.
Never one to say no to a swim, we let him get wet. I kept him on the leash though – he wanted to swim over and get on the last of the ice!
Here is a little photo gallery of photos I took with my iPhone. None are too remarkable, but I thought I’d share anyway. If you click on one, it should open a nicer photo display that you can click through.
This beautiful yellow crocus has stubbornly looked like this for days, through the snow, rain, sleet, waiting patiently for sunshine before it opens its flower.
Hopefully tomorrow the sun will shine!
I’m a little sleepy this evening. Last night I woke up a couple times to “What time is it?”. The power kept going out and Jeff needed me to check my watch so he could reset the alarm clock.
The power was back by 6am when I got up. It was already starting to get light outside so I went out with Monty with the camera.
It snowed all night. I’m guessing the snow got too heavy for some power lines or branches and that took the power out.
It was mild and the snow was great packing snow.
There wasn’t even a hint of a breeze so all the snow stuck to whatever it landed on overnight.
I love winter!
It was a beautiful day yesterday (Sunday) so we tried to take Monty on a walk through our little piece of property here (3.6 acres).
It didn’t last too long. The snow is a little too deep. It is crusty on top, but almost every step we fell through. Monty’s leash got caught on everything. Here he is getting revenge on a stick that poked him.
Monty and Jeff left the woods and I went on a bit farther.
We lost a couple more white spruce to the bark beetle over the last year.
It’s impressive how fast a tree can rot. The burl on this next tree is already mushy. The squirrels and woodpeckers call them home now.
(You caught me. The sky wasn’t that blue. I fiddled with it in my new graphics program because I love tree crowns in front of blue sky and clouds.)
There are rabbit and squirrel tracks everywhere. No coyote tracks this year.
Here is the old road, or more of a trail, that went along the hydro lines before they tore them down and moved them to the road a few years ago. Our property goes up the side of the valley up to this old road. I’m looking south here, behind me is the ruin of the old little cabin. It took a lot of effort to get through the snow up to here. Hopefully after the sun this week it’ll be better.
We checked for ice dams this year. Roof looks good! Jeff is convinced our problem a few years back was because the top eavestrough was blocked.
Today is a day off!! Reading week starts this week so the University staff gets a day off. I’ll take it!
Look who I just found INSIDE the small bird feeding globe.
I swear he’s smiling at me.
He better not eat too much or he’ll never fit through those small squares to get out!
We had a great snowfall overnight! Big fluffy flakes that piled up fast!
I headed back to work this morning after a GREAT Christmas break. Instead of lying in bed for an hour after the alarm went off, we sprung up at 6 to deal with the snow and get ready for work.
Snow was still coming down
While Jeff plowed, I got the fire going, and then cleaned off our vehicles and moved them out of the way
Made it up the driveway after work, no problem!
It is really nice to drive home without headlights! The daylight is noticeably longer in January. Here’s a pic of the sunset I took with my iPhone as I got out of the car.
And here it is from down by the road. I wasn’t sure how slippery the driveway would be so I didn’t want to stop for the mail and compost bin in the car. The lake is frozen from our place north. This photo shows the edge of the ice.
-12 C is cold on my lungs while walking up that mountain of a driveway!