Winter At Our House (photos)

Today the temperature is a whopping one degree above zero.  Our only saving grace is that there is no wind.  We’re keeping the bird/squirrel feeding stations filled for the wildlife- I expect they are burning up a lot of calories just trying to keep warm.  We also leave a little food out now and then for the stray cat that comes through ever so often:  Mr. Black…I’d rather he’d have a bite of dry catfood than a bird!

We’ve had more snow this winter than I can remember in a long time, since I was a child and the winter of 1968-69…which was unreal.

We have quite a view from our upper livingroom windows, and our front door is behind the snow pile.  Anytime we have big snow, we get big drifts in the front yard:

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My hubby doesn’t feel the cold…really.  And I’ve tried to get him to give up his favorite shirt for over a year– I have to say that a few days after this pic was taken, I found it lining Salem’s cat bed.  Anyway, men in the mid-west tend to be hardy and tough…good thing.

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The bird feeders hang on this wrought-iron frame, both winter and summer; and the remnants of last year’s sunflower crop are still providing seed and food to the animals.  We watched a little squirrel, hanging upside down from the frame, pulling and tugging to yank off a head full of sunflower seeds:

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After the big storm, we had big drifts– both front and back yard.  We had to dig our trash cans out:

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That’s our Resident Elf standing in the driveway.  She’s that inconspicuous little shadow on the right: 

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That’s another daughter behind the drift– and I don’t think it’s enthusiasm you see, I think she’s got cabin fever somethin’ awful.  She’s probably screaming, "Give me Spring!"

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Up and down the street, no matter where you look…there’s snow, lots and lots of snow:

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The bird bath now doubles as a feeder.  I couldn’t keep water in it anyway, I couldn’t keep it thawed out:

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In spite of this rough winter, our Nebraska squirrels are fat– corn fed!

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