Snow where it belongs – in the backyard, on the stone walls, covering the tops of the birdfeeders, on the trees and branches and garden and patio – is a whole other thing. The backyard then is gloriously shimmery, the cardinals have a wonderful backdrop for their color and energy, there are birds and critters everywhere.
It’s easy to be in the office working, or in the kitchen making food – because those windows look out onto all that activity. The finch feeder, the safflower feeder, the suet feeder. And then the feed I sprinkle on the stone bench and the stones lining the garden, and the no-mess-mix on the patio and especially under the patio table, where there is little snow, all have lots of takers. The cardinals, the chickadees, the drab goldfinches, the sparrows, a blue jay or two, the mourning doves. Today, some of the bigger guys, like grackles and starlings. Plus the ever-present squirrels, but no chippers, though I saw them on Friday.
A busy place, and I was busy keeping all those feeders full, knowing how the cold increases their need to eat.
By midweek, the weather will be moderate, and we can all relax a bit. But what fun today!