Many times over this wet, wet winter, I’ve felt very sorry for my squirrel friends. With day after day of steady rainfall, it seemed like the little guys never had a chance to dry out. I often wished I could hand out little towels along with the peanuts. I frequently invited them in to dry… Continue reading Squirrels in the Rain
Yesterday was the second of two beautiful, sunny days. It was amazingly warm for February, in the low 60’s, but it didn’t seem to do much to improve the mood around here. Frosty, Scooby, Smarty and I went out into the yard for a little while but even the warm breeze with its hint of spring… Continue reading A Garden of Grumps
Why, you might wonder, does a house with a muddy yard and a porta-potty in front of it make me optimistic? Well, it’s because the above photo is such an improvement over the photo I took of this same house last spring. Not an improvement in my photography skills. Those seem to have gone downhill!… Continue reading Optimistic
On New Year’s Day, we loaded Smarty up in the car and went down to Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. The tide was out and the rocks over soft sand were hard for Smarty to walk on, but that didn’t stop him from getting all hyped up about the water. I made the mistake of throwing a rock into… Continue reading A Cold Hour in Mukilteo
This, in case you can’t tell, is a frost-covered branch of a contorted willow. Before coming upon this crazy contortionist of a tree at the end of my street, I’d never paid much attention to how contorted the branches of a contorted willow really are. The twists and turns in the branches are really fascinating! Cee’s… Continue reading Frosted
The jet stream has finally diverted to some other part of the continent, sending the constant clouds, gloom and rain elsewhere. This morning I woke up to the distant glow of sun and a sparkly coating of frost on everything. It’s so beautiful! And it’s been so, so long since we’ve seen clear skies for more than… Continue reading Hello, Jack Frost!
The day before the sun went into permanent hibernation here, I had the lovely experience of a flock of Bushtits fluttering about in a bush right above my head while I was out on a photo walk. Although this little guy looks plump, Bushtits are tiny birds, much smaller than a Chickadee. They always travel and forage… Continue reading Fluttering Through
Here in the Puget Sound region, the transition from fall to winter doesn’t follow the calendar and occur on the winter solstice. It happens gradually, quickly, subtly and dramatically throughout the month of November. This year that transition occurred over the last two weeks of November. A street could look like fall one week and winter… Continue reading From Autumn to Winter
What a month! It started off so good. Don and I had just paid off the last of our debt (except for the house) and were ready to start the next baby step in the Total Money Makeover plan. Then, November happened! We broke the rules of the plan and bought new carpet because Smarty was… Continue reading November Moments
Every fall, I impatiently await the first frost of the season. This past Monday, a light frost finally! appeared on the rooftops of the houses in my neighborhood. Leaves and grass in open areas also got a layer of my favorite white substance. Please do me a favor and pretend the leaf with the frosted veins… Continue reading Finally Frost!