Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening...

Or in this case, a snowy morning...

"The woods are silent, dark and deep
And I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep"

This morning I woke up at 5 am as the power clicked off. Yesterday we had six inches of snow, followed by 12 hours straight of driving freezing rain. Around 8 this morning it changed over to HUGE snowflakes coming down hard and fast. Luckily the power came back on about that time. This was the view from my living room window.

Above me is the view of the house down the street- it is REALLY snowing hard. I was worried about the little downy woodpecker girl on the sunflower feeder; she wasn't eating, just huddled up looking cold, wet and miserable.

The icicles on the feeders made it interesting for the birds to get to the seed...maybe we could come up with a similar idea to keep fat cats away from the food bowl but let skinny ones through? And wasn't there a movie with a jail made out of icicles- maybe one of the Batman movies??
Stevie the clinic cat is home with me and watching the dogs go outside through the sidelight. I think he was pretty happy to be a litterbox user today.

I loved this cute little titmouse. He had to work to get to the food, but once he figured it out he kept coming back for more.

Even Cory wasn't wild about having to go outside to potty this morning. Sniffing around is ok, but actually having to get down to business is a whole 'nuther thing. See how big the flakes were? Andy had been out about 15 seconds when I took that shot and already his back was full of flakes.

Stevie had a GREAT day watching the birds. He'll be exhausted tomorrow for sure!

This shot wasn't quite in focus, but I thought the little titmouse was so cute!

Don't let them fool you... the finches look like they're waiting in line patiently, but they're really worse than the little old ladies at the midnight madness sales- they'll elbow each other out of the way and get nasty the first chance they get if it means going to the head of the line.

The pileated caught me by surprise- I usually hear him drilling away out there, but he was quiet today. I knew if I walked over to the window for a better shot he would take off, so I had to settle for these from across the room. Once he flew to the edge of the woods, I got the photos below though.

Andy and Cory couldn't believe I actually wanted them to lie down and pose for pictures. You've got to be kidding. As long as we're here, we'll just eat some snow though.
Around noon the snow stopped, and while the sun didn't exactly come out, it did get brighter; the pictures below were taken "after the storm". Hopefully the trees will keep bending and not too break.

I will get back to the utility part of the obedience series later...the battery ran out part way through Andy's run, and then when I tried to upload it the speed is WAY too fast. If you've seen Andy do obedience, you know faster and higher pitched is NOT the way to go ;-). Also I promised video of clicker training Stevie to do the weaves; we haven't had much of a chance to do that lately but I hope to have some more time this weekend. I do have some footage but I'm having some trouble figuring out how to edit it; believe me, clicker training cats is a WHOLE different pace and you want me to edit it down!

1 comment:

  1. Great snowy day pics! I haven't been further than the bird feeding station yet today. Need to make another trip to the barn and still trying to get plowed out of my driveway.

    I guess your electricity is back on? I was only out for a half hour yesterday, so that wasn't too bad.

    My dogs went "skating" on the icy crust over the snow while I watched and prayed we don't have another ACL injury.

    ~Kathi, getting a little cabin fever