Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Another Snowy Day

Sometimes when I should be cooking or tinkering around the house, I watch HGTV or Food Network. I just can't get going. Well, watching Ina Garten bake (or arrange flowers) is a type of comfort. As I dreamed of garlic chicken, my stomach growling, I glanced out the window: snow was blowing sideways. What if I got trapped on this hilltop? It has happened before, and the cupboard emptied so fast, we nearly had to eat Vienna sausages. Since food is my best motivator, I hopped into my Jeep, and drove to the nearest grocery.




It was the kind of storm I loved best--fat, fluffy snowflakes, white rooftops, and perfectly clear roads. I came home with survival fare: frozen pizza, donuts, pies (buy one, get one free), ingredients for beef stew, crusty bread, tissue paper, daffodils, and pink tulips. I wouldn't last two days in a zombie apocalypse. But I'd have pretty flowers, at least.






In no time at all, boneless ribs were simmering in the slow cooker.

I'm trying to unpack at least one box a day. 

My camera finally died, but I was determined to document this unusual weather. I grabbed Bandy's iPhone and took a few pictures.


Earlier, Bandy had helped me top off the birdfeeders, and we had plenty of visitors. Then blackbirds arrived and nearly emptied the feeders. These greedy, insatiable birds are, in their own way, rather beautiful, and there are different varieties. But I couldn't remember where I'd put the Peterson's Guide, and really, I wasn't in the mood. The regular flock waited in the Japanese maple. I felt so sorry for them.

This little tube feeder was emptied in minutes. Then, the blackbirds left in a whoosh. They're clannish and skittish, I've noticed. A few minutes later, the mixed flock returned. They have such dainty ways. Even their food fights are elegant.

The new yard fascinates me, and, as the weather improves, I hope to make progress with the habitat. While there are overall guidelines, I'll need to learn about native plants. In the old days, I could talk to ladies of a certain vintage, and they would invite me to their gardens, explaining the genealogy of their lilacs and roses, but all of these sweet women have passed away.  So I signed up for a local Master gardener course. 





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26 comments:

  1. great post. So glad you were able to get to the store and pick-up a few groceries. Your pink tulips are so pretty., but they don't last long. You got some good pictures of the birds and your property. I love gardening, but I have become to old to get and down, plus my left knee is killing me. But I do love going out and puttering in the garden. With our 90 degree weather I want to stay outside all day.

    Happy Valentines Day and enjoy your week.
    Mary

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  2. Good Morning! Such beautiful flowers! I wish our grocery store had lovely flowers like those. Your home is so pretty. I love that your are taking it very slowly and enjoying the nuance of your home. The architect alone is just fabulous! I don't think I ever commented on your last post about your fantastic outdoor stone room that you referred to as maybe a garden room. That is exactly what you should do! I love the idea of putting your old farm table in there and cabinets on either side would be fabulous. I can just see it all loaded down with all sorts of exotic plants. Of course in my minds eye I am also seeing the inside greenhouses of Biltmore House in NC. That's what I see for your room, something along those lines on a smaller scale of course but just as beautiful. I have pictures somewhere. I will have to see if I can find them and send them to you. I hope you enjoy your week and stay warm and cozy!

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  3. Beautiful photographs! I love your kitchen!

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  4. We had some pretty snow bursts on and off yesterday, but nothing stayed on the ground. Glad you bought the main thing needed....flowers!

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  5. Hi Michael Lee! Oh, what lovely snaps. You're teasing us with just these tiny looks into your new Burger. I love the farm sink and the pretty faucet! Love your flowers and that huge basket the tulips are in. Look at your birdies! We just don't get many. I think a cat must have lived here before us and they seem to be afraid. I've bought feeders but my daughter informed me I had bought the wrong kind of seed! That's a great idea taking the Master Gardener course. I wanted to do that - one day when I can get on my busted up knee! Hope you're enjoying your new home.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. Good Mornin' - I see we are not the only ones in a winter wonderland. It is snowing in Ontario, too and quite beautiful at the moment. I have to say that your chickadee photo would be printed and on my wall if it was mine. It is gorgeous. Your home is coming together beautifully. I am in love with your kitchen (that sink :))) and all your pretty dishes. Enjoy your home on this wintry day. Deb

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  7. Those are deliciously wintery pictures. It's 85 degrees here with little charm at all. Every fowl and human is hot and testy. Your world is so tranquil. Ours is ready to rumble.

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  8. You certainly know how to survive a snow storm. Lots of good eats and pretty flowers makes good sense to me. That last shot of the bird is print worthy.
    Sam

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  9. Love your snowy day. Flowers are a sure way to brighten things up too.

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  10. You have taken some lovely photos and captured the moment and making the best of it! Lovely! Your home is incredible.

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  11. Hi Michael Lee, Loved seeing your birds: junco, tufted titmouse, downy woodpecker and chickadee. I feed the birds too. Here's a hint to keep the blackbirds away. Feed safflower seed. Maybe sunflower seed too. Don't buy those mixes with lots of things, that attracts them. They also seem to like cat food! You will enjoy the MG course. Best wishes!
    Any novels in the works?
    Are you still doing a second blog under a professional name?
    love your new home, by the way!
    Beth

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  12. As a fellow Tennessean (north of Nashville) I think our rare snowy days are most well-spent as do-nothing days. It's a reminder to enjoy them for what they are; who knows when we'll get another? The house is coming along beautifully, by the way!

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  13. I can see that pretty things have a priority for you over food. The flowers are lovely and those bright hues are just what can chase away the snow blahs.

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  14. Those yellow daffodils on the red bench—squeal! I've discouraged Grackles(that might be what you had) from the feeders by placing only black-oiled sunflower seeds in them and waiting until they moved on to restore the quality mixed feed that I use. They are skittish and the whole flock will dash off when they see the slightest movement, but they will return and stick around if they like the seed. I think I might be afflicted with the same mind-set as you: putz around and procrastinate from doing the necessary jobs because you only want to do the pretty jobs. Oooh, I hate doing errands in snowy, blowy weather! Unpacking one box a day sounds quite reasonable to me! That way you can putz away and make pretty vignettes. Slow and steady wins the race, I always say! It's so clear you're still healing your heart, so you need this pace.

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  15. A box a day...wonderful plan! I think it is nice to get to know your new habitat...inside and out. I love your flowers. They are friendly smiles! Everything is gorgeous. I think we get the same weather...sheila

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  16. Oh, Michael Lee, we must've been on nearly the same wavelength! My husband & I ventured out into the snow today to the grocery. Our haul? Flowers, cherry pie, white choc covered strawberries, almond cookies, Italian pizzelles (in that order, lol), and a gallon of milk. Hahaha. Nothing like having life's necessities!
    I'm lovin' your new birding hobby interest and wonderment through the camera lens. I felt very excited today when I saw first a male and, later, both male and female bluebirds land on my balcony right outside my window! They were, no doubt, scoping out real estate. How I wish they'd nest in my yard.
    I completed the MG certification several years ago for self-help in my own landscape and it's so great, but it's hard! It's like a college curriculum with testing and projects, but you must give a certain # of volunteer hours annually to your county extension office to keep the certification current (mine's lapsed). The manual and knowledge gained, though, are invaluable! Have fun with it, and you'll meet a great new circle of like-minded friends!
    Rita C at Panoply

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  17. I always run out chasing those black birds away, they totally rape and pillage our bird feeders! With it being so cold this week, the birds are eating even more, it seems like I have to fill it up every couple of days. Do you have any suet out? That attracts the prettiest woodpeckers.

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  18. We have no snow but it is bitter cold for south Alabama.
    I like your Valentine towel and pretty pink tulips.
    I took the Master Gardener course and it's fun learning but is quite involved. I didn't do all the volunteer hours.
    Love your bird feeder stories.

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  19. I like the way you think, life isn't worth living without flowers...and pie :)
    Jenna

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  20. WE had the same type of snowfall, big fat flakes that only stuck to the trees and bushes. This morning it was GLORIOUS looking, took my breath away!!! I really don't remember ever seeing anything like this last snowfall. I'm with you too, I wouldn't last 2 days either:)

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  21. Looks like you are prepared for a cold winter's day....beautiful flowers in a gorgeous sink! The pics of the birds are beautiful and you have made them very happy!

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  22. Your cheery tulips and daffodils are perfect flower therapy on a snowy winter day! I'm equally cheered and dazzled by your sparkling faucet, farm sink and gleaming marble kitchen counters :) It is downright frosty here with temps headed down to the teens. If it's going to be that cold, I just as soon be inside snug and cozy with a blanket of snow to admire! Stay warm & cozy. ♥

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  23. When I retired, first on my list, was to enroll in the Master Gardener course. The class was top notch and I have enjoyed the MG folks and all that goes with being at MG. Our yard is a certified habitat and I am already looking ahead a few months to the return of our hummingbirds. Enjoy the MG course, it is well worth the time.
    Stay warm!

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  24. Your pictures are beautiful, as always! I am jealous of your farmhouse sink, but not jealous of your weather! I'm thankful for my warm, sunshiny day here in the south! In July I'll be jealous of your weather!

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  25. I'm drooling over your farm sink, Michael Lee, and those flowers you've place around sure add a cheery touch!
    Best of luck in the Master Gardener's class. It's always good to learn new things!

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  26. Those flowers would cheer me up! Just beautiful! I am done with snow. Thank goodness this week it is going to be 65 tomorrow! I am ready! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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