The Last of the Snow…

by grace on March 10, 2021

Hmm, hopefully that’s not wishful thinking. We’ve had a few unseasonably warm days lately, but it’s only March, after all. But even if we get more snow that’s OK because buds are starting to poke up out of the ground and spring is just right around the corner.

So even if these aren’t the last of the snow pictures, at least this is all for February.

On the 22nd, even though much of the snow was melted, the lake was still frozen solid.

Maybe you can see how thick the ice was underneath the water.

That evening the other side of the lake was lit up by the setting sun.

The next day more ice had melted but the underlayment of ice was still thick.

As I walked back up the hill these two deer were watching me.

They’re getting maybe too tame…

On Feb 27the even though the snow was pretty much gone, the ice persisted.

These little ducks were marching around in their cute duck-like way.

Just left of center, right under the smokestack that’s third from the right, there’s some kind of vessel! It looked so tiny that I thought it might be a kayak, but it was so far away that it could have been some crazy boater, out there at the edge of the ice.

So even if we still have snow, at least the lake won’t freeze over again. Right now it’s in the 60s but we’re supposed to have 30-50 MPH winds today. I’m going to go for a run later, theoretically, and hopefully I won’t be blown over.

Ok then, I hope your Wednesday is a good one,



So long, February!

by grace on March 3, 2021

This morning, March 3rd, the lake has finally thawed, it’s sunny, and might reach 60 degrees. Whoo hoo!

I thought maybe this would be my last post from February but then was a little dismayed to see that there are many photos I haven’t yet posted. What was I doing all month?

This is one thing that Riley was doing.

The snowfall on February 16th was pretty deep; see the mound there in back of the fence? That’s the tree stump, completely covered.

I realized a deer was standing at the shore looking up at me.

She quickly bounded away.

Meanwhile the geese seemed to be enjoying sleeping on the snow-covered lake. I didn’t hear them complaining, anyway.

The morning of February 18th, this deer was only slightly upset to see me watching her.

Later in the day, a couple more deer were wandering around in the yard and the one in the background is intently watching Riley who is lurking in the fenced yard.

Here’s a little video as Riley wishes I’d shoveled a clear path to the fence so he could get that deer.

After realizing that it’d be impossible to catch the deer that day, Riley sat under the swing on the one little patch of bare deck.

The next day he was content to lie on a cushion from the warmth of the plant-filled room.

On this same day Mom and I ventured out into the field.

Here’s a snowy wasteland video.

The snow ended up being deeper than we’d thought it was and it was quite a good workout to trudge along.

Glenn came over that day to do some cross-country skiing with Kevin, and on February 20th I joined them.

Mom was taking these pictures and I can’t remember what we all must have been doing here.

My turn at skiing only last for one turn around the circle. One of Kevin’s skis broke and I was happy to surrender mine so he and Glenn could head out into the field.

I heard Kevin tell Glenn that he hadn’t thought he could get me out to ski again after the last time and I was indignant. Quite a few years ago we went out for my first time of cross-country skiing and we went out into the back yard and naturally I had a deep fear of plunging out of control right down the hill and into the lake. So when I fell down while vainly attempting to turn around, Kevin suggested that I turn around while lying there on the ground.

Yes, I’m not graceful or good at any kind of skiing. But of course I did it again this year, and I’ll certainly try it again next year.

Meanwhile…thoughts of spring. Later today I’m going to chop down the tall grasses down by the lake so the new ones will have room to shoot up. I already made a pretty long list of “spring 2021” projects and I’ll be able to check that one off today, which will give me a sense of accomplishment.

And that’s it for today…

ok then,

mrs. h.


Geese on the frozen lake plus deer in the snow

by grace on February 21, 2021

Here’s a short video from February 8th, geese out on the lake.

Yet another snowfall on Feb. 15th.

I looked out the front bedroom window and there was a deer eating bird food.


It looked like it was trying to catch snowflakes.

Then she looked at me, but wasn’t worried enough to run away.

Les was also watching her.


Now it’s Sunday, February 21, and the bitter cold has hopefully left for the year, and the vast amount of snow will hopefully melt soon. I know that Spring must be right around the corner.

ok then,



Happy Saturday morning!

by grace on February 6, 2021

The sun is shining, always a nice thing, but the temperature is going to start plunging tonight and it’ll be super duper cold for at least the week.

Last night Kevin turned on the faucets in the bathrooms and opened the doors underneath so the pipes wouldn’t freeze.

After he went to bed I thought that maybe I should turn on the kitchen sink faucet, but maybe not? Then I told Bev about it and suggested that maybe she, too, needed to let her faucets drip. I went into the bedroom, where Kevin had been asleep for about an hour and gently said, “Honey? Honey?”

He opened his eyes with a panicked look on his face but when I asked if I needed to turn on the kitchen sink faucet I could see his brain roaring into gear. He assured me that I didn’t need to because the sink’s pipes were not against an outside wall. I then asked if Bev needed to turn on her bathroom sink faucets and he said, nope.

I let him go back to sleep, which he did before even setting his head back down on the pillow and Bev and I continued to discuss the freezing pipes issue.

“What about my washing machine?” she asked. “It’s against the outside wall in the basement.”

Hmm, I didn’t know about that and I finally said, “I’ll wake him up again and ask!” I set the phone down and could faintly hear her protest that I didn’t need to wake up the poor guy again, but I did it anyway. He said that because her washer is in the basement there was no need.

Whew. I then regaled Bev with the story of how, one morning many years ago, Kevin turned on the kitchen lights and water poured out of the canister lights in the ceiling. I couldn’t recall any details about the story except that it was quite dramatic.

This morning I asked Kevin if he remembered me asking him questions last night and for a minute he didn’t recall, but then said he did have a vague memory of me asking him. He said that the pipes in the kitchen did freeze long ago because the house builder had put in loose, crappy insulation between the attached garage and the house and the insulation had blown away from the wall.

That morning when the water was pouring down he ran to the crawl space in the basement and shut off the water in the house, and later he climbed up in the crawl space above the garage and added a wall and some good insulation. He’s quite a handyman.

Today I’m going to have him show me where this water shut-off valve is, because what if it happens again and he’s not home?

That’s my goal for the day.

Meanwhile…here’s a photo of a lone heron standing in the shallow water, taken from mom’s back deck on January 15th.

Riley, oblivious to the three deer in back of him. I like it that two out of three deer are looking in.

On this January day there were many geese in the circle as I pulled into the driveway.

Lovey frequently lies on this top step. She’s there now, as a matter of fact.

And there’s recent huge progress with Lovey. Last night before bed I bent down to her level as she slept in her bed on the bedroom floor. I reached out and petted her three times and she didn’t flinch or run away! That was awesome. This morning I petted her again as she was lying on the step above and again she didn’t run away. She definitely didn’t look thrilled about it, but progress is surely being made. Soon she’ll be letting me pet her all the time! Maybe.

Here’s a pretty good view of the moon rising on January 28th. If I hadn’t been so lazy that night I could have tried to get a shot outside in front of the trees, but realistically it probably wouldn’t have turned out any better.

ok then, I hope you’re doing well on this brisk February morning.

mrs. h.


Last of December

January 4, 2021

I have a bunch of different photos here and then I’ll be moving on to the new year! Way back on December 5th I was going for a run next to the field and came across these deer. I stopped to take some photos and they stopped to see what I was doing there. In […]

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good grief.

December 13, 2020

It’s the beginning of the middle of December, really? Already? At least i’ve updated my banner. Here’s the loveliest picture I feel i’ve taken in a long while. December 2nd, when the clouds were glorious. and here’s a great, up close and personal picture that Kevin took at the beginning of December. Ok then, grace

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Well, an Ant.

September 30, 2020

On sunday August 2nd I took a little video of an ant carrying around a gigantic bug. He was working so hard… I thought it was interesting to think of this ant’s struggle and wondering if it was successful in getting to its final destination. there were actually three deer in the yard on this […]

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Deer in May

May 26, 2020

Kevin took Riley for a walk on Sat. May 2nd. I’m not sure if Riley has ever been out in the yard; he has always been content to stay inside the fence. But I think he thoroughly enjoyed strolling around in the wild for a bit. And actually, yesterday Sweetie rushed for the front door […]

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on the first day of may, wrapping up march…

May 1, 2020

Yeah, pretty lame that i’m just doing this now. same excuse as before; it’s now 11:30 on this sunny friday morning and at least i’m out of my jammies, but only just. lots of time spent reading reading reading about the coronavirus; the latest news is that it could be here for 18 months to […]

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safely back at home…

February 27, 2020

whew. we got home late tuesday night and i feel like i haven’t sat down since then. i mean, i have, but…busy. last night i decided to transfer all my florida photos from my phone to my computer and was completely dismayed by the sheer volume. i feel like maybe there are a thousand photos? […]

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