Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SNOW DAYS ARE BEST

I'll tell you this right now, the Snow Queen this year is not giving up here throne too soon to her on coming sister, of Spring. We here, as many in nearby states I'm sure, are getting yet another snowy Nor'easter. High winds, sleet and snow. 10-18" excepted. Needless to say it was yet another day off...but who's to complain? It only meant a morning of leisure in my underwear with a huge pancake and bacon breakfast. I do actually like the snow when it's fresh. After a day or two when it's dirty, and people trampled in it....it can go away. I captured this picture last night after dinner in New Hope when the storm started. The town was very peaceful.
Today was spent as I said in my undies and eating. My neighbor Deedi who broke her foot was in need of some staples from the store. I told her I had a quart of milk I just bought and some butter she was welcomed to. So I walked to her place to drop the things off. One the way someone had quite the sense of humor.
And her dog, Lucia wasn't having any of going out.
We shared a cup of coffee and she wanted to know the latest dirty gossip with the Mistress. As if! Upon leaving she gave me a lovely potted violet for making the trek. Upon getting back I spotted the fox, which I have since deemed, Wiley. It's not often you see him in the day time, but there he was by the mailboxes, as I fumbled with my phone to capture him. May be the closest I have got a picture yet. I wanted very badly to pet him, but I'm sure he would run. yet another great snow moment.

Once in I had yet another coffee and enjoyed some usual suspects.
Tufted Titmouse
Junco's. I love to hear their lovely song. My neighbor below, loves that I feed the birds. She said it's nice to hear bird songs in winter also.
Red Bellied Woodpecker
And then the cardinals. The female was cracking me up!
Her mate was on the other end of the sill.......
....he was embarrassed she was stretching to appear looking in the window!
Beautiful dove.
*graphic carnage ahead*
But then alas.....the first casualty I have witnessed at the Casa du Borghese. The Red Tailed Hawk returned and this time got a victim...a poor little red house sparrow.
I understand he has to eat too, but I then explained to him that the Mistress will not allow carnage at my feeders and sill. After he left, most of the birds returned...several jay and cardinals families. Then I was going to put some of my winter touches, like pine and berries, around the Casa away like in these apothecary's.
and put a few Easter decorations out.......
But I'm confused...is it winter or spring??? Easter is right around the corner and I don't have a thing up .....or have I made any Hot Crossed buns yet. So I just put the stuff away for now, but did make the Hot Crossed Buns.....while listening to classical music.

So there was that.

31 comments:

  1. That's an amazingly close shot of Wiley - he's very handsome! Do you think he was hoping to be thrown some scraps?
    And your usual suspects are just as wonderful, too. I especially like the tufted titmouse and the curious cardinal. Even the murderously magnificent hawk - as you said: he has to eat too.

    I'm somewhat disappointed not to see any snaps of your hot crossed buns. Or the baked goods!

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    1. I was too quick with movement on my phone to get a more clear picture of the fox...but there it is. I almost wanted to give handouts, but fox have a very specific diet and nutrients they require, plus, they must fend on there own. But it was a fury of activity here today otherwise.

      No shots of the hot crossed buns, I figured my display of lucky charms on Saturday was enough for the week dear.

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    2. We can never have enough of you "baked good" hanging out. We need more last Saturday posts you ask me.

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  2. That cardinal certainly is embarrassed. Just look how red his face is! Love the snowperson.
    That hawk is splendid. I am kind of partial to birds of prey. Yes, he has to eat too. Circle of life baby.

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    1. That is the third sighting of the hawk. I will be upset if he gets a titmouse. But meanwhile, I must remember to wear more then undies....these poor birdies eyes.

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  3. The hawk that visits our feeders is not too bright. He will sit on top of the feeder pole and let everyone know he is there. Loved the pictures! Enjoy your snow. xoxoxoxo

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  4. your hot crossed buns are snug in your undies, dear!

    spouse & I both had the day off too. read arteejee.blogspot.com to see what he did today. I have been a lazy slug, as usual.

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    1. YES!!!!!!!! What's this about you not liking the smell of frying potatoes dear?!?!?

      Do we need to end this romance, lol!!!!

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  5. My brother-in-law says it looks like a sharp-shinned hawk. They're bird eaters. Great pictures, but sad outcome!

    The snowman had us all laughing.

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  6. So pretty before it's all muddied and trampled!

    I heard a weatherman say Boston was suffering from a Four'easter! For a moment, i thought he'd called it a Whore'easter!

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    1. in the case of the mistress a whore'easter is the same thing.

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  7. What an outstanding Post .. what an absolutely positively outstanding Post. I feel good all over looking at it .. at the miracle of nature. You know the titmouse in my favorite bird. He was too quick for the hawk no doubt. I always wonder how the doves escape...their not usually the brightest.

    Did you spend the day otherwise in your lovely marabou?

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  8. Wow. Great shots of that hawk and the fox!!!!

    A nice fun snow day post! I LOVED YOUR PREVIOUS POST TOO! DMAN you look stunning.

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  9. Such nice photos of winter, or should I say spring, snow and your birds. Something I never tire of seeing. ODD.

    Your town is always so charming to see glimpses of too. Are those gaslights i see?

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  10. What beautiful pictures! Your going to work with animals yet one day I can see it now. I love watching my backyard friends...I have several BlueJay, a pair of Cardinals and just recently a Red-hooded Woodpecker plus the Field Finch and Sparrows.

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  11. What wonderful pictures!!! And wildlife. That fox sure is a nice addition to your usual suspects. A beautiful town and snowman too. I hope you were wearing warm underwear.

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  12. The first snow pics are stunning. Your decorations are perfectly festive. You make your own spring! That was nice of you to help out the neighbor. The dog looks comfy. The fox looks splendid! And the tiny birds look so lively and thriving, thanks to you feeding them. That raptor is fierce! Spectacular and deadly!

    Luv cool snowman!

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  13. I'd say your neighbors dog Lucia has the right idea! How cute is she???

    Wonderful shots of nature! The titmouse is sweet.But the hawl sure does know how to clear the joint.

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  14. I try .. and sometimes I fail .. but Maddie I DO TRY to have a camera with me at all times and in all places ready to go .. we never know what photo opportunity will arise do we .. Nice Post, my hot nerd bird watcher.

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  15. What a wonderful post Mistress. Fun to look at and to peruse. Love the fox at your mailboxes. How cool to see. You have a way with the animal kingdom. The hawk is certainly interesting, but upsetting. Over and Out with a Smile ...

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  16. All these beautiful and interesting pictures....and not ONE underwear shot?!?!?!?!

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  17. Snow days sounds so cool. Living where I do, I'll never experience one unless I move.

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  18. Another great post of your feathered friends and those with fur. I had heard you guys were getting clobbered again.

    But this is not the bird I expected to see, lol.

    I'm bad.

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  19. You have all the same visitors as I do! Although I'm still waiting for the return of the bluejays.

    And there are more cardinals than usual this year. But if I see a hawk kill a bird, it will break my heart. I don't know we have any, I never see any, anyhow.

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  20. I sure hope the gin delivery was there already this week?

    Great pictures tootes! That fox is amazing.

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  21. Love the pictures, good fun to spend time with a friend and catch up on a little gossip.
    We are not getting a lot of snow thankfully but it has been really cold again lately.

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  22. There's something intensely magical about snow, especially when seen through the eyes of yourself. We LOVE those beautiful Cardinals and the fox, in the photos. The female must have liked what she saw. Maybe your buns?

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  23. It all looks and sounds so magical... even the red-tailed hawk. Your photos are beautiful... And I am so glad I'm here! (And I won't even complain that it's currently a chilly 52 degrees!)

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  24. It is time to "cross some hot buns" - the easter bunny is just around the corner.

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  25. The fox picture was everything! Very cool.

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  26. Great pictures! I love this post....of course I love your place when I visit.

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