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January 30, 2008

Lazy days of winter.

Well, so much for a house update - Vancouver has been hit by several snow storms over the past few days and progress on the house has ground to a halt. They were apparently unable to shovel the snow fast enough to see what they were doing.

The roads have also been too trecherous for us to get anywhere (being a city that receives very little snowfall, we are woefully unprepared for the times when it actually does happen), so the kids and I have been enjoying a few days bundled up at home, venturing out occasionally for a walk in the snow and hot chocolate at a nearby cafe.
I've been enjoying watching my mom's maple tree change throughout the seasons. I hope to get one just like it for our place. Just look at the colour in this photo that I took of it back in October:

Stuck at home, I've been spending a lot of time watching the birds as they come to our yard, with its well stocked feeder, in search of food. Talk about an armchair naturalist - sitting by the window with my feet on the heater and a cup of tea at my side.

I'm not the only one who's been keeping an eye on the birds. Shadow has hardly moved from her perch on the kitchen window ledge...

...and Princess has also been ensconced in her usual lookout at the window on the stair landing, watching the wintry world go by. This activity is occasionally interrupted so she can have a brief fritz around the yard, excitedly running laps and kicking up snow.

I love these days. Spring can take its time.

4 comments:

Jonzie said...

Love your blog! Adorable description of shadow...

coloursofdawn said...

You are so right. As much as the weather here has been dreadful, I sure appreciated the cancellations and the time to stay in and stay warm and spend time reading to the kids. You have a couple of beautiful pets. Our pets get a little restless in winter especially Howard the boy cat. He actually didn't seem too bad with the cold, and slept a lot. I got rest too but I wish I had felt better to enjoy the time more.

Anonymous said...

I enlarged that little fellow setting on the fence...I could then see he is all decked out for winter with his puffed up coat of feathers! Cardnals have decided to brighten our yard; 5 bright red ones this AM, hanging out on the ground where the red tulips and purple creeping flox sleep under the snow.
Elaine in KC

Cheryl said...

Jonzie - Thanks! She's a sweet cat.

Dawn - I hope you're feeling better.

Elaine - That sounds like a lovely scene! I don't think I've ever seen a cardinal in person.

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