Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
It had snowed the night before we visited and the forest and trees were covered with the most beautiful new fallen snow. It was like we were walking in Narnia. And because it was so cold we were the only humans that braved it that morning.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
At this point he was almost to the feeder. I was standing near the front of the feeder and he was trying to get to the back of it so he could keep watching me. Finally he was behind the feeder still not taking his eyes off of me. This is my most favorite photo of all the deer. Just look at the innocence in his eyes. I love this photo!!!
What an experience!! Enjoy the rest of the photos.
"Craig!!!!!!!!! I think I just saw a Bald Eagle!!!!" He thought he saw it too. Craig turned the truck around and drove back. Sure enough, there he was. He was way up on a hill at least a football field length away. He was eating on a deer carcass. We saw footsteps and blood leading up the hill so obviously the deer carcass had been planted there specifically for the birds.
I didn't get but a few yard and he flew off. I tried to get some photos of him in the air but they just didn't turn out well at all. On the way back to the truck I was laughing hysterically with excitement!! It was pure happiness.
Monday, February 25, 2008
This Red Breasted Nuthatch zipped around like crazy. It was a wonder that I even got a photo of him. Chickadees!!! They were abundant and so adorable. They were so sociable and would even talk to us.
Jordan and I went to a state park (Hartwick Pines) and the chickadees were eating out of our hands there. We didn't know that they would do that. We saw some other people doing it so we just had to try it too. It didn't take 1 minute and they were landing on our hands.
The feeling of their little toes curled around your fingers is amazing. It just makes you smile.
I saved this photo for last. That is Jordan's hand. To me it is just the most amazing photo. I can't stop staring at it. This photo is going to get enlarged and framed.
That's about it for our birds at the cabin except for one VERY special bird. This bird deserves his own post and I will be posting about him tomorrow. I will give you a hint... It has been my dream to see one of these birds in the wild. What do you think is the most majestic bird in all of America? Tune in tomorrow, I can't wait to show you (yes I even got pictures!!).....
Yes, this was the actual temperature most mornings. It was never above zero when we woke up. Early mornings I would bundle up looking like an Eskimo and go sit outside and wait for that perfect photo opportunity. I really concentrated on my photography hoping to get some great shots of birds, deer, wildlife and scenery.... I was not disappointed!!! I came home with 1,100 photos and since last night I have weeded them down to 500. Today I will have them weeded down to 200 or 300. I wish I could stay home all day and play on the computer with my photos and of course blog too but it's time to get back to reality and head to work.
To be continued......
Sunday, February 17, 2008
We are leaving for the cabin in the morning and I will not have access to a computer while we are gone. Have a great week everyone. See you in a week or so......
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
1. An antique egg basket
2. An antique horse muzzle
3. A wire cup from an antique bra
4. A protective cover for old street lamps
What's your guess?
Update: OK, you know it wasn't #3, I was just trying to be funny. But you all guessed wrong. Even my husband thought it was #4. It is an antique horse muzzle. I never knew such a thing even existed until a friend gave this to me a few years ago. I recieved this from an elderly gentleman from our church that was having a huge barn sale of all kinds of awesome old stuff. I got some really neat things from him and I'm sure I'll be showing you some of the other stuff I got from him on other weird object Friday's.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
2. You are in the middle of totally taking the engine out of my car for a major repair.
3. You taught me to love outdoor activities that I never imagined I would do.
4. You love Seadra and Zoe as much as I do (Ok, maybe only Zoe).
5. You give me 100 back rubs for every 1 that I give you.
6. You turn my electric blanket on so I get to crawl into a warm bed.
7. It was always important to you that the kids be raised with manners an morals. They respect and love you for it.
8. You will not go to bed at night until the kids are safe at home.
9. You protect me and make me feel safe.
10. You put up with me and I'm so glad you do!!!
Happy Valentines Day Craig. I love you!!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Our winter storm yesterday brought us a lot more snow than anticipated. Which leads me to a funny story....
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I took this photo standing on our front porch looking at the neighbors house. It's snowing lightly but it's blowing really hard so it looks worse than it is. And really, we do not have a lot of snow. Not enough to snowmobile. Monday and Tuesday was nearly 50 degrees so we lost most all of our snow and had to start over again. Craig and I did go grooming last night with what little snow we do have. And yes, I wore my seatbelt the whole time. We groomed from 7PM to midnight.
Craig has a new snowmobile. Well, used but new to us. He sold our oldest sled and upgraded to this one. He's out in the garage right now polishing it all up. He's very happy with it.
Caleb should be home from Traverse City in the next hour and I'm making chicken tacos for dinner. Time to go.....
Friday, February 8, 2008
I sometimes feel guilty that I don't take Seadra on as many outings as Zoe but Zoe is so much easier to take places. She so laid back and easy going. She would let any stranger or dog approach her and be happy to meet them. Seadra, on the other hand, is high strung and she does this high pitch scream when she sees a strange dog. It's embarrassing. Seadra gets just as much attention and love that Zoe gets so I'm sure she doesn't even notice that Zoe gets to go on more outings.
Speaking of the dogs. We've been putting the hamsters up out of reach of the dogs when we not at home just in case they decide to mess with them. We've had them almost 2 weeks now and they haven't once tried to jump on their home or act aggressive towards them. So last night we went to dinner and "forgot" to put the hamsters up. When we came home the top was completely off laying on the couch and the hamster home was teetering between the wall and the coffee table. How it didn't completely fall over I'll never know but had it I'm sure the hamsters would have been gone or eaten. I guess we won't trust the dogs around them.... It's just too tempting for them.
And speaking of the hamsters, we have learned their personalities. One is friendly and the other is mean. The mean one you cannot pick up. If you put your hand near her she gets on her hind legs and waves her arms at you in a threatening way and she does bite!! She has drawn blood on several occassions. The nice one is adorable. Jordan puts her hand in there and opens her palm up and she just crawls right into Jordan's hand. She just loves to be played with. She will crawl all over Jordan, she's soooooo cute!!! Jordan has named the nice one "Bo", not Boo, but like Bow. The mean one still doesn't have a name. I don't know why we haven't named her yet, just lazy I guess.
Caleb left around noon today for a youth church retreat up near Traverse City which is about 4 hours north of us. They will be sledding, skiing, snowoarding.... 3 days of fun in the snow. I'm sure he's having a great time.
Happy Friday everyone!! I've got a three day weekend.... Yahoo. And only one more week until our vacation at the cabin..... Double Yahoo.