Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This one was a quick-moving front --and, as I said above, we only ended up with about an inch of snow (even though the forecasters said that we would get 3 inches)...Typical!!! ha... Anyhow--I hope you enjoyed seeing some views of our little Night Snow around our home.
They say we may get more snow tonight and tomorrow--but I don't think we'll get much this time. The silly weather people keep changing the forecast.. I think this one will go south and east of us. That will be okay since we need to be be 'out and about' on Thursday.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Just 'cause you 'want' to see MORE snow pictures, I have a few to share today... Ha Ha.... Above is one of my favorites since it shows our big flowerbed in front almost totally covered with snow... Below are more.
George had the grill out on Sunday night since he fixed some Kielbasa for us... Obviously, we won't use the grill now!!!! ha
I took this picture out of the side sliding-glass door. This is the upper side of the yard --looking toward the back.
This picture is of one of our side yard flowerbeds. The snow really had piled up in this area. This is the way our front flowerbed looked after a previous snow. This time though, as you can tell by the first picture at the top, the snow covered up the entire bed in the front.
Wanna come and sit on the bench with me?????? This is the bench out front where I sit and admire all of our roses in Spring and Summer... Don't think we'll be sitting out there anytime soon!!!!
Here is a picture of a couple of my feeders. The snow brought MANY birds to them yesterday, along with the other five feeders... They are eating us out of house-and home these days --but I'm glad I can feed them.
The birds really LOVE the new heated birdbath. Above is a Bluebird and a Goldfinch. For your information, the heated birdbath does not really 'heat' the water. It just keeps it from freezing. Birds need to drink water --and it is hard for them to find water at certain times of the year. Glad I could help!!!!
I love snow as much as my husband hates it... Of course, he is the one who is out there shoveling the driveway, while I wander around taking pictures... Ha ha....
One reason I enjoy a new snowfall is that it just seems as if God has dotted the earth with peace and tranquility... It just feels so clean and fresh.
Have a wonderful Tuesday...
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
On Christmas morning, we woke up to only about an inch of snow... By late that afternoon and all night, it snowed again --and we picked up another two inches. The day after Christmas (Sunday), it snowed here most all day. It did stop for awhile --so George shoveled the driveway. BUT--that night, it snowed hard again ALL night.. The driveway filled up with snow again --and we woke up Monday morning --with about 1-2 more inches of snow. During this entire weekend, our temperatures never got out of the 20's --and were much lower than that at nights.. I took these pictures Monday morning --as it was finally beginning to clear up!!!!! (And this was the ONLY time I got outside all weekend --except to fill the bird feeders.)
Here are some pictures of our White Christmas here in Fairfield Glade, TN. Above I love seeing the snow on one of our wreaths. Below are more.
This is one of the Holly Bushes in our front yard.
It is interesting seeing how the snow clings to the individual paving stones on our wall (flowerbed along the road) in the front yard...
Can you see the PANSIES in this bed?????? ha ha..... I hope the snow is protecting them from the frigid temperatures!!!!
You've seen the front of our house several times ---but here it is again all decorated for Christmas --with snow.
Several of you have asked about the back of our house --since I seldom seem to post pictures from the back.. Anyhow--this is it, and you can see the wrap-around deck. My bird feeding station is on the deck, on the left. (You can see part of the birdbath in the bottom of the picture. We take it down during the winter since it is not heated.)
FINALLY, for the first time in many, many days---I see some BLUE SKY.... This picture was taken from the backyard --looking toward the golf course fairway, up the hill. Seeing that blue sky was wonderful --since hopefully, we'll have some sunshine soon!!!!
Well--that is it, and I'll admit that I was thrilled to have a WHITE CHRISTMAS --for the first time in more years than I can remember. AND--to be honest, I'm glad we didn't have a 'blizzard' like so many areas... Our area here in the mountains and hills is on STOP even with a small snow.. I can't imagine how long it would take us to be able to get off of our hill if we had ALOT more snow.... We in Tennessee are not prepared for lots of snow!!!!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, whether you had a WHITE one or not.
Monday, December 27, 2010
I will joyfully share with you that we HAD a WHITE CHRISTMAS here in Fairfield Glade. It's the first since we moved here in 2003 --and the first for me in many, many years of living in the south... I know many folks in the south were thrilled to see SNOW on Christmas this year.
HOWEVER, the heavy snow and ice did prevent my sons from getting up here to see us. They got stuck in Chattanooga at their Dad's --and had more snow than we did at the time. Then it turned to ice --and because we also had more snow Sunday, they had to cancel their plans of being able to make it up here on the mountain to see us. I was sorta relieved since neither of them have 4-wheel drive vehicles; yet I was deeply disappointed --since I had looked forward to seeing them SO much. Oh well---I'd rather all of us be 'safe than sorry'.
Anyhow, George and I did have a wonderful week. We spent several days at Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina where we enjoyed sunrises, sunsets, the eclipse, lots of wonderful seafood, and some beautiful Christmas lights in and around the Myrtle Beach area. I have many pictures from that trip to share --but today, I'll share a little from Christmas morning at our home. Above is our tree, the fireplace ---and you can even see the snow on the deck outside behind the Christmas tree... This was taken when we first got up Christmas morning. Below are more.
It was a pretty snow --one of those heavy kinds which cling to everything. At that time, we only had about an inch --but it has since snowed ALOT more here!!!! The problem now is that it is so doggone cold out there, that we couldn't stay out very long to enjoy it.
Santa knows how much George and I love HIKING... SO--he gave us both new t-shirts... That bright green should help us keep up with each other while hiking!!!!! ha
You can't tell in this picture, but I now have another bird ornament, a Black-capped Chickadee, to add to my bird ornament collection... He is precious!!!
Santa just HAD to give us both new waterfall t-shirts and hats... George is modeling his hat for us.
Santa George gave me one of the cutest ornaments I have ever seen. It's a small computer... Have you ever seen anything so adorable????? I LOVE it.
I kept telling George that Santa KNEW I had been a good girl this year... For some reason, George was skeptical!!!!!! Wonder why???? ha ha .... Anyhow, one of my favorite gifts was a "Lap Reader"... It's a neat gadget which holds my laptop while I'm computering --either in the recliner, or in the car! It's fabulous!
George also got a very nice combination Book of Common Prayer and NRSV version of the Bible. There were more small things, including ornaments, but this is enough to give you an idea of our wonderful day. We also enjoyed turkey, dressing, gravy, pimento beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, and pumpkin pie with ice cream!!!!!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas--and hope that Santa was GOOD to you.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Above is our Christmas calendar. This little hanging calendar is special since I have had it in my family since my sons were little. My sister-in-law (Evelyn--who died in 2007) made this for us ---and I remember that, beginning on Dec. 1st, my kids would place one ornament each day on the little tree. All of the ornaments were in the little pockets at the bottom, and then were put on the tree (one each day) until the 24th, when the star went on the top of the tree. That way the boys knew how many days it was until Christmas.
The top of our Entertainment Center cabinet is decorated with some Christmas memories. Most of these little goodies were given to us by friends. My favorite from this group is the little Santa on the right. He is made from a small claypot.
The little snow-covered cabin on the left in this picture was a gift that I gave to George the first year we were married. We both wanted a cute little log cabin in the woods ---so this was IT.... ha ha... The big snowball in the back was given to us by a friend who lived in Colorado at the time.
I have an entire blog post upcoming, showing some of our ornaments , but had too many for one post. SO--I'll show you three of them today. Above is one of my favorite birds, the male Cardinal.
And this was my first bird ornament (I have 7 now). This little glass hummingbird will always be special to me.
And, since Eastern Bluebirds are my all-time favorite bird, I was thrilled when George gave me this ornament --which included two little Bluebirds and their home. Isn't it gorgeous?
Finally, here is a picture of my favorite place in our home... I can sit on my throne (recliner) --enjoy the fire blazing in the fireplace while just gazing at our tree (with all of the other lights off of course). Several of you thought it was a HUGE tree. It must have been the angle because it's not that big (about 7 feet I think)... But--we love it!!!!
I just have to add one more SNOW picture for you. This is looking onto the deck --toward the upper side of our back yard. We enjoyed the snow (about 6 inches or so) --but we didn't enjoy the bitter cold temperatures. And now the weather people are saying that we may get some ICE... Let's hope that they are wrong. An ice storm is much worse than any snow storm... Yipes!!!
Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the season --no matter what your weather is!!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Of the 15 species of cranes in existence, Sandhill Cranes are the most abundant and Whooping Cranes are the rarest. These two are the only crane species in North America, and both winter in Texas.
As bird species go, Sandhill Cranes are ancient. According to the International Crane Foundation, a crane fossil from Miocene formations thought to be about 10 million years old was found in Nebraska and is structurally identical to the Sandhill crane, making it the oldest known still surviving bird species.
Male and female cranes look identical, but males are usually larger than females. Smaller Sandhills average about 6-7 pounds and stand 3 to 3.5 feet tall. The largest average 10 to 14 pounds and are 4.5 to 5 feet tall. The lifespan of the Sandhill Crane is up to 20 years.
Thanks Bert for sharing your photos with us today!!!!
Well, we don't have Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee, but we do have lots of birds at our feeders when it snows. I work hard at keeping enough food out for them --and they really enjoy it. Sometimes, there are as many as 30-40 little birds at the feeders during these times. The one above just shows a few of them.
Birds I saw at the feeders yesterday: Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Carolina Wrens, Song Sparrows, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, Cardinals, Bluebirds, Mourning Doves, House Finches, Goldfinches, and a Junco. Our biggest group this year are the finches.
This cute little Dark-eyed Junco looks like he is burying himself in the snow. I was excited to see him --since we have so few Juncos here.
AND--here's another new woodpecker at my feeders!!! This guy is a Hairy Woodpecker. The Hairys look alot like the Downys but are much larger... Look at his LONG beak. I was pleased that he came to the suet feeder.
And finally, here is a new bird I captured at a distance on Sunday morning. When all of the little birds disappear quickly, I know that there is a hawk around. This is the first time I have seen him --and was able to get his picture using my long lens and then cropping it a little. This beauty is a Red-tailed Hawk --and they are pretty --BUT I don't like them around my feeders!!!!!
Hope you enjoyed seeing some birds from Texas and from Tennessee. I love seeing all of our birds here --but I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a Sandhill Crane in person. Wow!!!
I 'must' show you another picture of our pretty snow.. We ended up with from 6-8 inches --so of course, I took more pictures. It was EXTREMELY cold though (wind chills below zero), so we didn't stay outside very long. The picture above shows two of our wreaths and the holly bushes --all filled with snow!!!
Have a fabulous day --and wherever you are, stay WARM!!!!