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A Lot of Grazing Going On

First there were four deer that would wander through our yard to graze. Now, only one deer, the smallest of the four, wanders through our yard.

_LG25471Grazing in front of our shed

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Walking past our wood pile

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This deer comes around most days and sometimes more than once a day!

_LG25469There is grass to graze on in between the bushes.

_LG25468Peek-a-Boo
I see you!

I hope that the other three deer are OK.

“X” in the Sky

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A warm glow encompassed our house this morning, as the sun rose. I watched the beautiful show in the sky through a bedroom window.  I had just showered and washed my hair. The outside temperature was 16° Fahrenheit, and I didn’t want to stand outside with my wet head (especially having just got over a bad head cold).  I couldn’t resist, though, pushing down the top half of the window pane to take a picture of an “X” in the sky that revealed itself to me.

 

contrails

contrail cloud:
evidence of a journey
swept away on winds
as lives
speed invisible
through Earth’s
ocean sky.

Poem © 2008 R. Burnett Baker

Neighborhood Deer

Since the middle of last month, neighborhood deer have been passing through our yard in search of food.  The deer have been successful in their search.  We watch for the deer each day we are home, since first seeing them.

I captured my first photographs of the deer on December 27th.

_LG25420The deer crossed our street from our neighbor’s house, two doors down.
December 27, 2017

_LG25425The deer congregated for a short time across the street from our driveway.
December 27, 2017

The next time that we saw the deer was on New Year’s Eve.


I captured a short video, as they crossed the street into our front yard.
December 31, 2017

In the event the video provided above is not visible to you, click here for the direct link to the video.

The time was about 7:30 pm last night, when Bob said the deer were in our back yard.  I went into the living room, camera in hand, to watch for the deer as they crossed the street.  Bob let me know if the deer were walking down our driveway or crossing between our yard and another neighbor’s yard.

Two deer walked down our driveway and into our neighbor’s yard, before crossing the street.

_LG25433Deer #1
January 6, 2018

_LG25434Deer #2
January 6, 2018

_LG25435After crossing the street, Deer #1 and #2 congregated across from our driveway.
January 6, 2018

Bob said there was one more deer coming.  That deer, though, stopped at our bird feeders.  The third deer realized his buddies had left, and he took off at a trot.  Deer #3 crossed in between our yard and a neighbor’s yard.

_LG25436There’s my buddies!
January 6, 2018

_LG25437Someone’s in that window, looking at me!
January 6, 2018

Deer #3 looked at me briefly, before trotting over to his buddies.  All three of them trotted into the wooded area across from our house.

 

Neighborhood Walk

Yesterday’s blog post was about having cabin fever.  I wrote that I might go for a walk.

I did go for a walk in our neighborhood. I left our house around 2:00 pm, after dressing for the 20-degree temperature.

Dressed for 20-degree temperature

I almost didn’t go for a walk, when I discovered that my winter coat was not in the closet. My coat was in the car that was at Bob’s workplace. I took a deep breath and sifted through the closet, looking for a suitable substitute for my winter coat. I found a substitute, one of Bob’s old coats. I had to search for a neck scarf, as Bob’s coat didn’t cover my chest or neck area very well.

As stated earlier, I left the house around 2:00 pm. I walked to our friends’ shop, Slagle’s Speed and Sport. The shop is about a 0.40 mile walk from our house. I visited with our friends Debbie, Paul and Shawn but not for too long. I would get too warm inside, dressed as I was, and I didn’t want to remove my layers of clothing. Debbie, Paul and Shawn were busy too, and I didn’t want to hold them back from getting done what needed done. I walked back home, arriving there about 45 minutes after leaving.

Did the walk help alleviate my cabin fever? Yes, it did a little bit. I think today and Saturday will go a long way to eliminating my current bout of cabin fever. Today I have a beauty salon appointment, followed by a doctor’s appointment.  I will take care of a few errands too. We have outdoor plans for Saturday and for a short while on Sunday too.

One Vehicle Household And Cabin Fever

Last year on June 17th we became a one vehicle household…a two vehicle household, if you count the motorcycle.  Being a one vehicle household has its advantages and disadvantages.

The main advantages of being a one vehicle household are the obvious savings in registration, licensing, insurance, maintenance and fuel costs.

The main disadvantage of being a one vehicle household is the fact that one vehicle is being shared by all members of the family.  In my case the one vehicle is shared between my husband and myself.

My husband works; I don’t.  The fact that my husband works and I don’t is not a big deal during late spring, summer or early fall months.  He can (and often does) ride his motorcycle to work, or ride his bicycle to work or walk to work on nice days.   My husband’s workplace is about 3 miles from our home.  The car is left home in the garage often during non-winter months.  I am left without any transportation most of the winter.

I have cabin fever.  I have been housebound most days since the beginning of this month.  I am really feeling the cabin fever today.  If I had the car today, I would have driven to Betts Park, a local park located along the Allegheny River, or the local Audubon Nature Center.  It was so pretty earlier today.  There is a fresh blanket of snow on the ground; tree boughs bend with snow.  The sun was shining brightly; the sky was blue.  A winter wonderland calling to me.  I am sure that I would have captured many beautiful scenes with my camera.

I know some of you are saying “go for a walk in your neighborhood”.  I might just do that, after I publish this post.  Perhaps a walk in the neighborhood will reduce the claustrophobic feeling I have being housebound.   I know a neighborhood walk, though, will not eliminate my desire to be able to leave the confines of my neighborhood.  A walk in the neighborhood reveals nothing new.  It is the same ole, same ole stuff I can see any day.  A walk in the neighborhood gets boring after a time.

No, this is not a plea for a second car.  I like the advantages of being a one vehicle household.   What I need to be willing to do is to get up, get dressed and take Bob into work on nice, winter days.  Bob goes into work early, though, like 5:30am or earlier.  It is going to take a lot of will power for me to leave the house that early in the morning.

 

The 2017-2018 Winter Season … So Far

We saw our first snowfall of the 2017-2018 winter season on November 1.

DB011861Our first snowfall, on November 1st, was only a dusting.

On November 10 it snowed again.

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Bob mowed our lawn the day before, a good decision on his part.
The snowfall of November 10th was a bit more than a dusting.

Along comes Tuesday, December 12th.  A lake effect snow warning was in effect from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm Wednesday.  We live a little more than an hour’s drive southeast of Lake Erie.  When we have lake effect snow warnings, our snow comes to us as it crosses over Lake Erie.  Heavy lake effect snow was expected, with total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches.  Some places in Warren County could see as much as 16 inches of snow.  Sometimes, with lake effect snow, we get a little bit of snow.  Sometimes we get dumped on.  It all depends on the wind direction off the lake.  The lake effect snows that have been hitting us since yesterday morning have resulted in lots of snow.

_LG25331I took this photograph from our bathroom window, looking across our back yard.
This is the amount of snow that was on the ground shortly before 9:30 am on December 12th.

_LG25333I took this photograph from one of our living room windows,
looking across our driveway into our neighbor’s side yard.
This is the amount of snow that was on the ground shortly before 9:30 am on December 12th.

Around the same time I stood on our front porch and took another picture, looking east away from our house.

_LG25334Note the snow on top of my solar lighthouse.  Our street is snow covered.
This photograph was taken shortly before 9:30 am on December 12th.

Later in the day the sun came out for a short time.

_LG25336The sun is out right now, as I am typing this.
I took this picture at 12:40 pm on December 12th.
Our back yard today looks similar to this picture, only with lots more snow.

It snowed during the night.  It snowed a lot during the night!

_LG25339Snow accumulation on December 13th at approximately 9:30 am

_LG25338Look at the amount of snow sitting on the snowman’s head!

The bird seed in the green feeder is being eaten.  Birds have not been eating it, though.  I haven’t seen one bird come to these feeders.  There are deer tracks all around the feeders.  We have yet to see the deer at the feeders.

One last photograph of the snow on the ground so far.

_LG25342I took this photograph from one of our living room windows around 9:40 am today.
My viewpoint is looking across our driveway to our neighbor’s side and back yard.

The snow has stopped falling for the time being.  The sun still shines.  It is a winter wonderland outside.  A chilly winter wonderland, though, as it is only 20 degrees.  At least it has warmed up from the 14 degrees it was, when I awakened this morning!

A Winter Weather Advisory was issued earlier today, which is in effect from 6:00 pm this evening until 8:00 am Thursday.  Another 2 to 4 inches of snowfall is expected for late today and tonight.

 

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