Solitude For Saturday. #4 Snow.

Hello everyone and Happy Saturday to you all! It is a cool morning at 19F (-7C) and, as you can see in the pics today, we have some snow. It was a quick snowstorm, lasting just Thursday night until early Friday morning. But it left us with 8 inches (20cm) of snow, and cold temperatures. Both will be staying with us now, so winter has officially begun.

Here, when the snow comes, that means winter begins. We do not follow the calendar that says winter arrives just before Christmas. That might be true in more southern areas, but not up here. The birds are busy again and the rock doves (pigeons) are also busy. I finally gave up chasing them away and they got all the seeds I had put out for the evening grosbeaks.

Looking out from my deck into the neighbors yard. You can see my feeders and suet cakes.

The grosbeaks in turn flew away and decided not to come back. This is going to be a tough winter. But at least I can feed the smaller birds and keep the seeds away from those doves. But I do like to have the grosbeaks around too. But that will not likely happen unless the neighbors give up feeding those doves. It will also mean not having the pine grosbeaks around, and they are such a nice winter visitor to have at the feeders.

There was a flock of common redpolls around, but the doves scared them away as well. I do have a plan though. It will not help to bring in the pine grosbeaks but will help for the evening grosbeaks and redpolls. There was actually a robin out here this morning. He should be gone south by now. They are not exactly a winter bird. They can survive, though, if there are enough berries around for them to eat.

This is where I hurt my back shoveling.

Our first snow of the season and I hurt my back shoveling yesterday. I did not do much either. I was being so careful, but it happened anyway. It is going to be a long winter. I thought I was going out early enough to feed the birds this morning. But the chickadees and nuthatches were out there waiting for me again. I am sure they must show up when it is still completely dark.

Anyway, they were happy to see me, or at least, happy to see the food. They were landing steadily on the feeders while I hung them up, chirping and beeping the whole time. That is solitude. I should be able to start walking to the river again soon. I will wait a bit and let others break trail. I never like to be the first one stomping through the snow.

Truck driving by spreading sand on the street.

But I will try one day this week. It will be nice to walk back there again. That is solitude. Muffin is curled up on my lap at the moment. That too is solitude. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

16 Comments on “Solitude For Saturday. #4 Snow.

  1. Is that sand the truck spreads? But why? πŸ€”πŸ€” Birds love ur food, and they’ll be obviously happy to see u and ur foods uncle Steve, 😍 you get hurt πŸ€• on bad spots. Seriously? You want to shovel there and get hurt πŸ˜‘ unbelievable πŸ™„ enjoy your Grosbeaks friends and little squirrels. Don’t try anything extra. Have a nice day 😍. It’s Ribanna Bday today. πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ Happy Weekend to you ✨

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    • Yep, the truck spreads sand on the streets. With the snow getting packed down by driving on it, then the snow gets very slippery. So they spread sand so vehicles get better traction and don’t slip and slide all over the place. πŸ˜ƒπŸšπŸ›»I couldn’t help it, the shovel forced me to use it to get rid of the snow! 😬It wasn’t my fault! πŸ™„Well, maybe a little. How do you keep track of everyone’s birthdays? Thank you Simon! Enjoy your Sunday! πŸ˜πŸ˜»β˜•β˜•β„οΈβ›„


      • Actually I am late like 24 hrs , but for you, you didn’t time travelled yet. That was the moment I remembered her bday with her post πŸ˜‘. Checked out my calendar shamed cursed myself and reminded you 😁. Sometimes I forget to check on my to-do list and calendar and this is what happens 🀣🀣. Oh! The shovel. Wish i could seal it’s mouth from calling you 😜😁. Don’t try, maybe a little is okay, until, you don’t hurt yourself by being very very careful πŸ€•πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Have a nice Sunday 😎. My sunday was cool with rain water and flooded streets. Otherwise it was a nice Sunday watched 3 movies in a row. My wife continuing to watch 4th movie, I got mild migraine it’s time to sleep. Good night πŸ˜πŸ‘

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      • Watching all those movies in a row, that’s why you have that migraine, you should have taken a break in between and gone outside for a walk or something. Maybe a boat ride. πŸ˜πŸ˜‚I always have a hard time remembering dates, been too long since I had one. Get it, get it? It’s a joke. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜ΉI’m tired. And sore. Very sore. πŸ˜¬πŸ™„Oh well, time to sleep, that’s a great idea. Good night Simon! πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ›πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄


      • I got that ,πŸ€£πŸ˜‚Dates! 😜 πŸ˜‚.. yeah i should have done it. Which is why I ran 3.13 kilometres this morning πŸŒ… and my legs are sore now πŸ˜’ bad choice to get rid of my laziness. I should have worked out πŸ™„πŸ˜πŸ˜

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      • Yep, you should have worked out instead, much better for you, and your legs. πŸ˜ƒPerhaps you should have tried swimming instead. πŸ€”Or dancing in the rain. 😁No wait, people might call those nice men to take you away to the hospital never to be heard from again! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜²


      • I’m crawling this morning. The lega are even more sore now πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I should have stretched it. Stupid me 😜. Now see, ouch! To every step 😁 yes, those nice men might come, why risk πŸ˜‚. No I’m not dancing, I’ll choose indoor workout today 😁

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      • Ooooh, that’s not good, you should have stretched them. πŸ€”Oh, you said that already. πŸ™„Yep, good point, stay indoors and dance, I mean, workout from now on. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ


  2. Yes , our snow is here to stay ! ! The sand truck comes by quite often and is most welcome ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»β„οΈβ„οΈ

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