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.