I generally love living out in the country - I've even converted my city boy of a husband - but there are some downsides to living out in the middle of nearly nowhere. Take yesterday, for example (please!). Most of you might view a half-hour commute to work as a long ride, but that half hour turned into an hour and a half as a huge snow storm dumped a nearly two feet of snow on top of the six inches we already had. I made in, but it was dicey. Getting home was even more so. The place where I work is in something of a basin, and going out of it requires climbing hills . . . not a pleasant prospect in a city where plowed streets are a luxury even on days when its possible for the plows to keep up. So, add another two hours onto the commute home, white-knuckling it most of the way. My new car (yes, I broke down and bought one) was pretty good, but getting traction up a 10% grade in stop and go traffic was no easy thing. It was snowing so hard I had to get out several times while I was stopped and brush the snow off of the side and back windows so I could see. No fun.
But there *are* some compensations. :-) This was the view from my front window this morning:
And there was a great deal of traffic at our bird feeders this morning: Cardinals, Blue Jays, Downy and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Red and White Breasted Nuthatches, Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Goldfinches, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, House Finches, and White-Crowned Sparrows all partook of the banquet this morning. Now, if only I could stay home and enjoy it!
It's still lightly snowing, even though the clouds have broken, and we're expected to have another inch before the day is done. Miss M has her Holiday Orchestra Concert tonight, so I'm hoping it will stop before then. In the meantime, back to the salt mines!