Bright Spots

It’s been sooo cold around here lately that I haven’t been able to get out for some wintery walks in the neighborhood or on the trails. It’s minus 5 degrees with a wind chill making it feel like minus 25!

I have been noticing bright spots out my windows lately.

Still a joy to be able to continue working from home these days so I can soak these quiet little moments in my own backyard.

Snowy Hideout

We got another big snow storm this week with almost 9 inches of new snow.In the midst of that snow storm, I noticed Mr. Cardinal hiding out in a tree outside my kitchen window.

Mrs. Cardinal is hiding in that tree this afternoon, taking a nap, but my camera couldn’t focus on her through the window and branches.

Such a joy to work from home these days and notice these little storybook moments in my own backyard!

Take a Hike… Snowshoeing!

We got our first big snow storm of the winter season over the weekend, which dumped about 8-10″ of fresh snow.

It was heavy snow since it started out as rain, so I’m grateful for the new ATV with a plow on it.

I broke out my snowshoes for the first time in many years. I couldn’t even remember how to put them on!

It was great to be out there exploring without sinking into the snow.

It’s a magical, winter wonderland around here now so I’m excited for winter sports, especially hiking with my snowshoes.

Spring and Then Winter

I was so excited when I found some tulips coming up already!

We’ve had an unusually mild winter this year, with less than half our average snowfall. These tulips came up about a month early, but I’m not complaining. I am ready for gardening season, especially since I wasn’t into it last year with my usual zest.

To my surprise, I was excited to wake up to a winter wonderland scene this morning!

I think about 4-5 inches of snow fell overnight.

It was falling in really huge fluffy snowflakes, coating every single branch and twig, making for great practice with my new camera.

What I really want to be able to do with my fancy camera is to take closeups of interesting things I find in our gardens and on the trails.

Until our flowers come back to life, I am practicing on other things throughout our yard, such as these conifer branches.

Such a beautiful scene looking out the windows today.

I will definitely be going back outside to play some more.

April Fools

This is what it looks like here today:

This is a really bad joke for April Fool’s Day, so I wish whoever ordered this would take it back.

I don’t think it’s one bit funny (or pretty).

Are You Kidding Me?!

This was the scene I saw when I looked out  the windows this morning!

Come on, it’s March!

If I complain about being anxious for Spring, now you know why!

And Then the Sun Came Out

I try really hard not to complain about anything, especially winter weather.

I am so happy to report that the sun came out!

I love the shadows cast across the snowy yard.

I also love to follow the trails created by various wildlife, mainly rabbits, I suspect.

It’s very very cold out there today, but I’m going to venture out anyway. I have lots of homework to get done this weekend, so I hope the sun keeps pouring those rays into the house, especially warming my sewing room which has become my art studio too. I also look forward to working on a new page for my art journal.

Stay warm my northern friends, and cherish your sunshine and warmer temps, my southern friends.

Living in a Snowglobe

We’ve had so many snowy days lately that I’m starting to feel like we live in a snow globe.

Most days, we just had flurries.

But earlier this week, we had a big snow storm which dropped at least five inches.

Although it really freshened up everything,

I could really go for a day of sunshine now!

UPDATE: The sun has come out today! Thank you for all your wishes – they worked!

Snowed In

The Upper Midwest got dumped on this weekend! I’m guessing we got about 10 inches of snow so far.

Everything looks so beautiful, frosted in a thick layer of snow.

Now we have blizzard warnings because of the gusting winds and sub-zero temperatures.

The plow cleared our street and now there is a huge wall of snow at the end of our driveway. I’m sure it will take us awhile to clean off the driveway. Thanks goodness we have a snowblower! Good thing we went to the grocery store on Friday night instead of our usual Sunday morning field trip.