Friday 30 December 2022

We're melting!

 The amaryllis is doing well, still no roots on the one bulb. I am watching and waiting. More research is required. It is such a bright spot in window.

The orchid cactus is enjoying the sunshine, too. It is so low, it shines and tells them it is time to bloom. More buds are on the way!

Thursday morning it was above zero, and getting warmer. I went outside to fetch trailcam cards from on the deck in the dark, and heard a Great Horned Owl. I've not seen one since Oct., 2013. It was off in the forest.

Great Horned Owl, Oct., 2013

As is the way, after the Christmas Bird Count, we went from 2 Cardinals (a pair), to four males and the female. I joked with Alison, who runs our local bird count, that they seem to know the dates. 

Next, the tree sparrows arrived. I counted four.

Doe in the dark at the feeder. There can't be much food there.

doe from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

They are frequent visitors.

frontyard doe from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

We were above zero, and I hauled the snowblower outside of the garage to let all the snow impaled in the machine to melt. The driveway has all melted. We're back to black. It is a shame, with rain on the way. Lots of people are enjoying the snow, out doing winter activities.

I caught up with Caitlin on the phone. They are making new Year's plans for the weekend.  
People are taking advantage of the snow. Our girls went tobogganing, and went for a walk in the forest. 

They made hot chocolate in the woods, since rain is on the way, to take advantage of the snow. 

We are nearly into 2023. It is difficult to believe. We shall see what we look like after 25 mm (~1") rain.


Tom said...'s amazing how quickly the weather can change. Happy New Year.

William Kendall said...

There's so much snow on the ground that you wonder what kind of impact it'll make.

Anvilcloud said...

Someone locally has seen a bald eagle.

Nancy J said...

Will the rain be liquid or frozen/freezing? So good to get the driveway done before it gets covered again. And the family, what fun they are having.

Elephant's Child said...

Love your visitors. Lots of Australia is melting at the moment too - but melting in summer heat.

ashok said...

Lovely photos..have a happy new year

RedPat said...

The rain has just started here but we have no snow so it shouldn't be a problem. Imagine if you were in Buffalo with all that snow and now the rain coming.

Christine said...

hope no flooding

Divers and Sundry said...

What a beautiful flower! I admire your bird photography :)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

We were at zero last week and yesterday it was 70F. Amazing weather.

DrumMajor said...

That's not a wimpy Kansas snowblower! Not sure I'm patient enough to wait for hot chocolate in the snow, but we have snow ice cream. Linda in Kansas

Jeanie said...

I can't believe it that we are on the edge of 2023, either. It's been quite a year. Here's to a new one.

Linda said...

So mild overnight and today, very foggy, rainy and melty all in one.