Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Deer, coyotes

We've been in a deep freeze. Common for January. I don't mind it. I think it is better than freeze/thaw. The snow protects flora and fauna. That said, it's warming up for the next week, with temperatures hovering around the freezing point.

I'm always amazed with the way the critters manage in the cold and the snow.

This is the old trailcam. I love the shadows in the back. The buck appeared briefly, as well. Then, a doe wanted to do a selfie! I love the whiskers and ears.

deer from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

The coyote appears, still worried about the light. This is good, as they aren't comfortable with human things.

coyote from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I think I am getting the hang of the new trailcam. These aren't bad. Deer and coyote...

new trailcam from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

The snow tells its tails

Bob V has disappeared under the snowfall. Here is a summer photo for comparison!

Little mice friends have been nibbling on the pumpkins!

The ice crystals on the bird bath were beautiful. I used the videocamera to take photos.

The dock is disappearing.

I was out using the snowblower. JB took a photo of the blessed event. It's a beautiful day for snowshoeing, but I'm too tired!

First the sidewalk...

I'm not happy with my new trailcam yet. This is a screen grab of a video without anything in it. I had just walked down the hill to the right.

There is brightness indoor. And the hopes of spring to come.

Anytime now, the deer will be losing their antlers. I have my fingers crossed, as this guy keeps hanging around.
2015: five years ago!

We have come to the conclusion that we must rehome 8-year-old Annabelle. If anyone is looking for a loving, beautiful cat. It breaks our heart, but she is chasing Nutmeg. We've been alternating locking them up in the spare room.

Monday, 20 January 2020

videos and other tales

He's a busy one!

Bird lovers will recognize the sound of the pileated woodpecker, while watching the hairy woodpecker across the frogpond! I couldn't see the pileated. 

I like watching the deer from the kitchen window.  You can see them moving down at the bottom of the hill, too.
deer Jan. 18 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Poor St. John's, Newfoundland, 175 cm in less than a month.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Clean up on aisle two!

If a bowl falls on the counter...

So, I was careless. I was removing three mixing bowls from the cupboard, to put the big yellow one back in, and nest the smaller ones. My fingers slipped. I just wasn't paying attention.

Two were smashed, in many pieces. Some of them were like glass shards. I cut my baby finger!

We inherited my late mother's bowls, so we weren't short bowls, but these were ones I use frequently. This is all I have left!

I had two more disasters yesterday. I dropped a piece of firewood on my instep. You know how you see it falling, in slow motion, and you just can't move quickly enough. Then, after dinner, I snapped my lap blanket up and out, and totally smashed my wine glass on the table. Fortunately, it was white wine! I didn't cut myself this time.

Outside, I've kept the Christmas lights on the water fountain going. In the dark of a winter night they are heart-warming.
Do you notice anything? The red ones, on the long string, are all out. The green and blue are fine... ❓

Morning revealed itself. Lots of turkeys, and one doe out the front window. More out the kitchen window. This was from Saturday morning.

The little boy is getting bigger. He was on the old quilt, bird watching, when he looked back at me,  slipped head first right off and onto the couch seat. "I meant to do that!"

I noticed my bulbs in the basement had begun sprouting, so I brought them upstairs and watered them. Yellow tulips and paperwhites. As I recall, the paperwhites didn't bloom last year. Here they were: Paperwhites and a rabbit. We'll see what happens. I've had them since 2017: Paperwhites, perhaps I ought to start fresh?

Another storm arrived last night! I'm not complaining, as Newfoundland has had 175 cm of snow since Christmas Eve! I just saw the plow go by. It's a good sight!

storm from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Sunday morning

I've a bit of shoveling to do, I'll wait until it warms up a tad.

Our buck has a bit of snow on his face! These are zooms with the videocamera. The turkeys are almost up to their breasts.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Trailcam: coyote, fox, buck

Here it is, another storm warning. We'll see what we get.

St. John's, N.L., in the Maritimes, has had 76 cm of snow. They have had wind gusts of 130 km/hr, and  snow drifts of 12 - 15' high. They've declared a state of emergency. There are 16,000 customers without power. I won't complain!

The kittens are settling down. I let Cinn into the room where Nutmeg is secluded. She's healing nicely. He's having supervised, non-conjugal visits. They are so happy to see one another.

There is a great long list of No-Nos for her. No stairs, jumping, playing, climbing, bathing, etc. As if! Cinn was playing in his water bowl at the vet's, post-surgery!

I remember having my partial hysterectomy, and being a single mom. My daughter had to go to CGIT, and I wasn't supposed to drive for 10 days. I felt OK, and drove her. I felt fine. I figure that Nutmeg's going to do what is comfortable. She's up on the window ledge, bird watching. She's playing with Cinn, whacking at his tail when I let him in.

This coyote didn't like the camera!

coyote from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I've been reading the directions in the manual on the new camera. There are automatic settings: Q1, 2, 3, 4, and custom. With custom, you override the settings, but you still can't get rid of the timeout. Why do they design them this way? Sheesh.

This video, if you look at the time stamps, takes a 30-second timeout before starting to video again. On a 10-second video you lose a lot. I reset it for tomorrow. You'll see, with the coyote, that it's pretty much losing a lot of the action.

coyote from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

bucks from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

fisher from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

fox from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Snow falls

What a snowstorm. It began when the thermometer read 0, and then it stuck to everything. It was -2 in the a.m. and the snow fell early Thursday morning.
For comparison!
Jan. 12th
Jan 16th
Friday morning we've a bit of a cold spell, with another storm on the way.

Out the kitchen window.

The buck had snow clinging to his big antlers. There was more, but I decided to finish my coffee in my easy chair first.

First task was the driveway. No worries. When I made it down to the road, I realized someone had gone into the ditch! Whoopsie. Many drive way too fast around this corner, I have to turn my back as I'm shoveling. I walked down.

Down to the beautiful forest to fetch the memory cards. I tried some artistic photos. This was the best I could do!

The poor trailcams!

Back indoors, these two, feeling under the weather, were in the spare room. JB's cough is worse. We take turns visiting her in the recovery room, as she heals from her spaying. Her stitches look good.
Cinn continues to put the sin in Cinnamon. He's a spicy, hot to trot tomboy, and jumping his sisters' bones. It's tough isolating them, but important. Once she is healed up, we'll be OK.

My theory is, JB overdid it Tuesday, doing the end of the driveway. I did it Thursday, yesterday, in anticipation of our cold spell. We both like shovelling. It's good exercise.

I had lunch, and went out to tackle the front sidewalk. The feeders were quite covered. I did NOT get any snow down my sleeves this time.

Look at my beautiful neck warmer, Jean!

In the afternoon, there was a break in the clouds. So good to see that blue sky. Even for a short while.

Annabelle took the prime spot.