Tuesday, February 06, 2007

@#$%&ng snow

Word of the Day:

thaumaturgy \THAW-muh-tuhr-jee\, noun:
The performance of miracles or magic.

The snow began at 12 pm today, and just now stopped (9 pm). We got a good 8 inches of the crap. The girls' school was canceled before any snow even fell. Cincinnati sure knows how to panic about snow. But this time it was warranted. Swami called after he got home and it took him 2 1/2 hours to get back from the....yak corral.

Nellie and Boomer are bird watchers, too. Since I spent the day looking out the window, they did the same, trying to figure out what the heck I was looking at.

@#$&*ng snow.

The birds ate and ate all day. I supplied them with sunflower and safflower seeds, peanut butter, peanuts, insect suet, thistle, and granola bars.

Boomer loves to play out in the snow, but his little Boston body is ill-equipped for this kind of cold, so I limited his outside play time.

Nellie, on the other hand, being a Rottweiler/Labrador/German Shepherd/What-have-you type of dog, she can stay out there all day, it seems. She has taken to rolling every time she goes out, because she has some dry skin and needs to scratch.

This was the scene at 1 pm. Not too bad.

This is 4 pm. About 5 inches so far.

I kept going out with the broom and sweeping the snow away from the ground under the feeders to help the ground-feeding birds. The snow was so fluffy that the birds would land and they would sink up to their breasts. It would have been cute if it hadn't been so sad to watch.

Ahhh...I love my red-bellied woodpecker. Oops! He has peanut butter on his beak!

I picked up some dried mealworms, instead of live ones, because I have no way to keep them awake and alive in the cold. The starlings found it first. Any wonder they have taken over the country? They are always the first to exploit a food source.

I was hoping the Carolina wrens would take a few. But they wanted to either sit on the front tire of Geoff's car, or eat the spilled peanuts off the ground.

I made a lean-to for the dish of worms, to keep the snow off. One of the juncos investigated, but decided to go back to the seeds.

While Nellie keeps watch over the birds, Isabelle takes a picture of me taking a picture of her.


Who wouldn't want this dog? Look at that. A kid scratching his belly while another dog licks his face. What a good dog.

Boomer Buns

Boomer lick

Nellie lick

A prayer for tomorrow:
Please, let me get the car out of the driveway so I can get the Hell out of this house
before I go coo-coo bananas.

Since I sat on my duff all day, when Geoff came down for dinner, I just HAD to do something constructive. So I went out and shoveled the driveway. Ever sweat and freeze at the same time?
Right now, Deliverance is on AMC. I have never seen the whole movie, but I always seem to turn it on right at the 'squeal like a pig' scene. That's disturbing. And what's on next?
Children of the Corn. Jeepers. More unfriendly locals.


Mary said...

What a day! I understand your fevered pitch. Gotta get OUT! We don't have snow but it's too cold to be parading around town with a camera. That Boomer is a lover. Hang in there, Susan! I loved your photos of the day.

LauraHinNJ said...

Send your snow my way please!

Funny, the birds hang out in the wheel well of my car too! Makes me want to scatter some seed there for them.

The dog pics are delicious - thank you. Wish mine would pose that way.

NatureWoman said...

I saw you guys were getting tons of snow today. Here's some snow for you. Live on the east end of Lake Ontario and you would have at least six feet of snow by now.
Loving me the Boomer tummy and buns and all of his photos. What a cutie! And Nellie's legs (too bad she's got itchy skin).
And all of your bird shots and stories are entertaining, as usual!
Children of the Corn - one of those movies that's so eerie but you just have to watch it - maybe.
Hopefully it won't take thaumaturgy for you to get out of the house tomorrow. Where do you come up with these words?

Lynne said...

I understand the coo-coo-bananas. All I seem to do outside is HURRY to get back in. Made the Zickefoose dough yesterday and filled my feeders in the afternoon. It was so cold it hurt. Right now this morning we have -8, so here I sit, looking out the window, watching my birds from here.

Hang in there!
---picture kitty face and paws---

Liza Lee Miller said...

Yea, I'm a little stir crazy here from just one day curled up with enforced inactivity due to fighting my cold. I'm not feeling good today but not feeling worse so that's good since one day is about all I can manage.

Dorothy said...

Ohmygosh and I complain about having to go OUT in the snow and ice to go to work! Nah, I understand totally...my DH works at home and gets cabin fever too.
I love your bird pictures and your kidlet and pooch pictures too! I hope you can find a home for Boomer soon! Hang in there...Spring is coming. Next month is MARCH! YAY!

Jess Riley said...

Susan, you crack me up. And I love your photo essay of the snow day!

Trixie said...

I cannot believe how cold it has been there! I live in Anchorage and I have been WARMER than you. My mom lives in Maineville, and is wondering if she should just come north for the rest of the winter!