Fabulous Friday. #14

Good morning on this beautiful sunshiny day! As I sit here and look out my window at the clear, vivid blue sky, the sun shining on the trees, it makes me think that spring is in full swing. Then I step outside into reality. The ground is still white with 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45cm) of snow, it is cold with a temperature of 23F (-5C) and there is a strong north wind blowing. It definitely feels like winter, not spring. And the long range forecast for the next 10 days does not look promising either. It looks very winter like actually.

An older picture of Scramble looking for another peanut, he just finished one.

Sir George was here for breakfast earlier, but Lady Pearl was absent. I think she probably went back south. Sir Charles showed up yesterday afternoon, so that was nice to see. Not many ring-billed gulls in town yet which is quite amazing. This would make it the latest year yet for them returning to our area. There was a few juncos out here this morning. Undoubtedly some that had come back before when the weather was nice and they are now looking for some easy food.

That sounds good, I like to help out. They are quite tough little birds and can survive with little food for a while, though not too long. They can also become quite friendly. It is nice having the sun shining though, even if it is cold. Sunshine makes everything feel so much better. I like rainy days as well, but there is just something about a sunny day that is so invigorating, it gives a person energy and a desire to get things done.

This is the white-breasted nuthatch, a photo from last fall.

But rainy days are also good in different ways. They can provide a refreshing break and a good opportunity to be indoors and get some indoor projects accomplished. I did that during our snowy, cold days here this week. For one thing I put new carpet on Muffin’s scratching pole. She reminded me by scratching my area rug, something she never does. Her scratching pole was looking bad. Now it is fixed and I will show that project in a different post. While lying in bed with Muffin beside me, she suddenly gets up and looks out the window.

That usually gets my attention. Then I heard an owl hooting outside. It was a Barred owl, one of our large owls. It was so clear the owl must have been close. So I looked out the window too. Muffin was actually looking at the neighbors cat, not the owl. I could not see the owl, but it was kind of dark out there. Although a big owl, they normally just go after small prey, like mice. This owl has been around for at least 3 years now, though I have yet to see it.

A winter picture of the white-breasted nuthatch.

Oh well. Time for more coffee, would you like another cup too? Have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

18 Comments on “Fabulous Friday. #14

  1. I hope winter will be over for you soon, Steve, my friend. At least you can enjoy the scenery. So sorry to hear about your fall. Prayers! Please pour me another cup of joe. Your coffee is always the best! 😁😸 ❄️ πŸŒžβ˜•οΈ β˜•οΈ

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    • Coffee is always hot and ready around this place! Thanks for the prayers, it was feeling a bit better this morning, not now however. Oh well. The wind slowed down a bit and the temp rose to 41 today, but it still didn’t melt much, that snow is too frozen now. Have a great weekend Renee!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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  2. We’re getting rain dumped on us daily down here in Kentucky! But I really wish you would post more pics of snow!!! Before it’s all gone for the summer! 😎

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    • Well, I know it’s still kinda winter here, snow pics are packed away until next winter, unless we get another snowstorm, then I will post some new pics of snow for you. Sorry about that, happens every year! Enjoy your weekend!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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      • Actually the snow has a very dirty look now, not that crisp whiteness of winter. I just can’t bring myself to show more snowy pics this winter. But check my Solitude post tomorrow, maybe I will break down and toss in one for you.πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

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  3. Yes , the snow does not look good right now…really dirty…great pics…nice to have coffee and view your photos ! Thanks ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • Glad you enjoyed it today Sharon! Yep, the snow just does not look good now, time for spring photos! Have a great Saturday!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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  4. I love your photos. Thanks for sharing them. Also rather fond of Muffin. Looks a lot like our Rocky (named after Russian composer Rachmaninoff, because he’s Russian Blue).

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    • Thanks so much Jeff! Glad to hear you like my photos. Muffin does play a big role around here and she likes the attention! Have a wonderful weekend Jeff!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•

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