This has been quite the stormy time! Our friends in Muskoka have had 3' in < 24 hours. Plans were cancelled, and lots of snowblowers called for. My friend waited all day at the hospital, and ended up going home as the wait was too long. They didn't have power at the hospital.
Ontario Hydro put out a message yesterday:
Restoration Update: Crews are out in full force and have gained access to Walkerton, Picton, Prince Edward County, Napanee and Trenton. Efforts to reach customers in Bracebridge and Huntsville continue. Conditions in Bracebridge and Parry Sound may worsen with up to 50 cm of additional snow expected. We won’t stop until everyone is restored.
🛫 Flight Aware said there were 17,000 US flight cancellations in the past week. There is a luggage carousel in Pearson's that broke down. People arrived at their destinations without luggage, or any way of finding it. They mistakenly put their medications in luggage, rather than carry on. Big rookie mistake.
🌨And, the not-so-good news? It is snowing this morning, but they are warning us of rain Friday and Saturday. That will be a lovely mess.
We haven't left the property in days, hunkered down with our four-legged friends. Thank goodness for the critters to entertain us.
The deer were anxious to check out the bird feeders!
deer playtime from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
We had 7 deer Tuesday morning. Under the shelter of the trees, they hunker down. One took a nap in the back.
Cinnamon Walkies from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
🐇 I'd noticed bunny tracks under the lilac tree. I cannot tell a hare from a rabbit, despite being corrected several times, so I'll call it a bunny! Bunny has been nibbling the tips of the shrub's branches. There are lots of bunny pellet poopies there, too. We often get them under the feeders in the front yard!
We've a few about. These tracks led to Fred Gopher's hole – under the lower deck. Fred took off, not to be seen again. Putting a couple of carrots to mark the hole, at dusk I spotted said bunny sniffing the carrots.
I had fun watching the dratted red squirrel (DRS) who had dug some tunnels for safety.
dratted red squirrel from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
The critters are still whacking away at the pumpkins. I have removed the trailcams from the forest, since most of the action is here. I didn't think the rain we had would do them any good. This is from a week ago.
Pumpkin doe from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
3 Bucks & Mourning doves from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Let's see what today brings! I'll be using the snowblower, I am sure, but we are safe, warm, and we will manage.
Who needs teevee when you have a picture window and willing actors?!! YAM xx
...stay warm and well.
You wonder what the doves think of the deer being in close proximity.
Like you, we have been housebound. Too bad we don’t have your views. I thought that I would have to do some shovelling, but the contractor came, and the neighbour did the little bits. And we have the Disney channel.
Loved seeing your 2 and 4 legged friends. Mr. Dove almost landed on DRS...who seemed to think better of coming out when the birds were eating.
You are in a winter wonderland complete with creatures to enjoy.
Glad that you are safe and warm. Hope the critters do well too (though they won't be warm at the moment).
DRS and the bird, then another, what a laugh. So thankful you have stayed home, and are safe.
So good to read that you "are safe, warm, and will manage."
Sending my good wishes.
All the best Jan
You have some dangerous weather. Yes, by all means stay home, warm and safe.
Thanks for sharing those wonderful nature videos. Cinnamon doesn't seem so brave with this walkie. And the DRS needs to mind his manners. I thought he as gonna get bonked by the dove's foot. The freedom for the critters to roam is certainly nice to see their daily activities. Linda in Kansas
I love the photo with the deer standing/eating snow so close together. What a beautiful world you live in. And a snowy one!
We have a trip coming up in February. I sure hope the airline and airport woes are sorted out by then.
So much snow!
What a way to "hunker down." Loved the beauty of nature around you. You may be isolated, but you have a full and enriched life. A great way to ring out 2022. Have a safe, healthy, joyous new year and magical 2023!
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