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Musings on a (not quite) Winter Morning

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! 

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lash_larue
Dec. 9th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
The noble Cardinal. There is a pair in the butterfly bush outside the window above my monitor. They and the cats call out rude names to one another.

The birds are better at it.

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albalark
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
My first winter in the US (out of two) was like that!
My sympathies! I hope you didn't have to do much driving in it!

I'll post pictures of the 6th grade Orchestra triumph tomorrow - consider yourself warned. :-D

My icon has a better look at the cardinal. They're a common bird up here in the eastern half of the U.S. We've a pair that nests every year in our 60 year old apple tree, and many more back in our woods.

Edited at 2010-12-10 05:14 am (UTC)