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The lilacs under the snow today

Yes indeed.  Snow.  All night apparently, then most of the day.  Such fun. If I lived in an apartment, or didn’t have to go outdoors, well… is still a bit too much white stuff.  Several feet, drifting to three and four foot drifts.  Over my knees in most places.

My old pheasant lives in an enclosure, topped with plastic chicken wire.  The snow accumulates then falls through. His “home” is to the right, out of the frame.  He is hiding in the A-Frame house of his.  He was MAD at me, but too old to do anything about it aside from give me bad looks and hide in the corner while I bothered him, trying to get rid of snow so he would have some walking space.

The very snowy Pheasant enclosure

My word I am tired.  I am heading to bed.  Tomorrow I will have muscles complaining that I hadn’t used in way too long.  Stay warm and sleep well all!


My white peacocks on the fence outside the back door, lilacs behind them

Dreaming of spring……..REAL spring……After contemplating what photo to add, I fell back on my white peacocks.  Not only because I love them, but because I seem to have an abundance of photos of them as well.

Our town now shares the dubious distinction of having the highest priced gasoline in the nation – according to a recent survey.  San Francisco topped the chart with prices at $ 3.54.9 a gallon.  Ridiculous.

If I had the option, I would run and buy a used new VW Beetle.  There is one locally and it is cute, it is pale yellow and it would get better gas mileage than my truck.  I am going with my friend today to see if she can buy a used car and it is on that lot.  Have to go look 🙂  Where is that money tree?  I am in the same boat as so many, but I am so tired of being worried about things. Ugh.

I am getting REALLY tired of this $%&# snow.

I have now spent better part of 20 minutes looking for a photo.  Aghhhh. I best get moving, I wrenched my knee yesterday and was pretty wrecked  last night.  I am very sore today, and now I have to limp around on the uneven frozen garbage outside.  Do I like snow? Well, maybe for the first few minutes, then NO!!!  If I didn’t have to go outside, it would be different. Oh well, enjoy the day all, stay warm!

It is a camera set up on a Bald Eagle nest…….at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

Three eggs in the nest now, due to hatch in March!


Dawn in January (with the power lines in the shot)

No  matter how many times we see the sun rise, it is always different.  Not one day is the same.  Yes, there are many similar days, but each one is truly unique.   The basic outline is the same, it is dark, the sun rises. Yep.  It is all the other factors that come into play that makes each sunrise different.

While we all know this, and that it applies to each of our days here on this earth, we seem to forget that there are ways to change the outcomes of pretty much everything else.  Aside from death and taxes that is.

I have taken the above photo perhaps 50 times in the 8+ years we have lived on this land.  Few have been as colorful as the ones I took in December and January.  Why? Who knows.  The amount and type of dust in the air influences the colors we see when the sun’s rays hit it.  For whatever reason, I appreciate each and every sunrise – even if I take photos with power lines in frame 🙂  The colors change so rapidly that it is easy to miss if you don’t shoot quickly.  One day I will have a camera that will take a series of shots at a time.  Of course that will take part of the fun out of the “hunt” for that perfect shot I suppose, we shall see.

Lots of things have gone on this past month.  Mom had her first cataract surgery a week ago.  With the yellowed cataract removed she is seeing true colors for the first time in years 🙂  It is wonderful to see the improvement and happiness it is creating for her.  She deserves it, so much physical repair over the last years, it is time for her to really enjoy her life!

There was an article on MSNBC yesterday, about what we do to “de-stress” ourselves, and if it really works.  Take a look if you have time…….it makes more sense than you might think at first

I particularly like the part at the end, which compares expressing your feelings vs keeping it to yourself.  That end of the spectrum is where I live.  I don’t talk about things.  Of course that can backfire, but that is me.

I better get busy so I can get back here and work.  Enjoy your day all!



The colors of the sky – always a treat

Living here in the high desert where it snows (usually, but not the past weeks, sorry east coasters!) has been a big learning curve for me.  Previously, all the things I knew about winter was have to good mud boots and rain gear.  This past winter so far, we have had tons of rain and not much snow.  The high again by the weekend is supposed to be in the 50’s!  What is up with THAT?  I feel like the whole month of January has been a gift for me.  Life in the country caring for livestock is very difficult.  Degree of difficulty decided by Mother Nature.  I appreciated the break.

Today the groundhog decided we will have an early spring.  As I type, looking out the window to the snow covered mountain, I could like an early spring.  I know we will pay for it in dry grasses and fire danger later in the year, but for now, I am not complaining.

Enjoy your day, stay warm and hug those  you love.  Never miss a chance to tell someone that you care!