Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Farewell Post To Winter

It’s the last day of February, and as far as I’m concerned, winter is done! (Although you'd never think so when looking outside my window this morning.) We had another load of snow dumped on us yesterday). Still. Spring is just around the corner, preparing to thaw the earth and liberate us from the shackles of winter! Hallelujah! Praised be the most glorious season of the year. Amen!

Even the backyard critters seem happy about spring’s impending arrival. There’s been a lot of activity lately in my yard. Squirrels have been running around, playful and energized. Birds have been showing up in abundant numbers, flying from tree to tree, singing their little hearts out. There’s quite a bit of friskiness out there, which I’m assuming has a lot to do with the fact that ‘mating’ season is on the horizon for these little critters...if you know what I mean. *wink*  But I won’t go into too much detail. This is a ‘G’ rated blog, after all.

Today, I will share a few more winter images as I say farewell – and good riddance – to winter. Let’s get right to it...

Our first snowfall was just a light dusting way back in early December. I was okay with that amount.

The library near our home in early December.

Right after Christmas, old man winter decided to dump a good load of snow on us. I was not okay with that amount. I took these two photos through windows of my home. I didn't go outside because I'm a winter coward.

It looks cold out there.

Our back yard full of snow.

Most of that snow melted, and things were going along reasonably well for awhile. Until early February. When many, many people were hit with a big snowstorm. We weren’t spared. All the images below were taken around our home when we stepped outside to clean up.

Hubby took out the snowblower.



I grabbed the shovel...and parked it. You can't take photos and shovel at the same time, can you?



Snow was hanging off our roof. And yes, our Christmas lights are still up. Probably will be until some time in March. Maybe even longer.



Our back yard filled with snow!



It looks like I'm shoveling, but I spent more time being artistic with the camera. Did I feel guilty? Um, no...



My Clematis 'Rhapsody' grows on this 5' trellis, which was almost completely buried in snow!



This is the walkway to the back yard that I could lie about and say I shoveled. I didn't. Hubby cleared it with the snowblower. I shoveled the gate open and then parked the shovel.



We got more than enough snow this time around.



The birds weren't using this bath that day.



Hubby was hard at work...while I played photographer. How does he put up with me?



Here I go trying to be all artistic again. As if there wasn't enough shoveling to do...



We forgot to put away this wind chime and it stayed out all winter. The chain it hangs from and the chimes were covered in ice. But the message is clear..."Have faith. Spring is on its way."



And that's all, folks. Hopefully the photos from here on in are about new beginnings and awakenings as spring starts to roll in.

So long, winter! And good riddance...

25 comments:

  1. I don't care -- I think your snow looks awesome!! That sunlight on that white expanse -- that biting wind and crisp air that freeze even the mucus in your nose -- they're among my fondest memories of Ontario :)

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    1. I think that if I didn't have this snow every year, I might enjoy it. But maybe not! LOL... I'm just tired of winter, and ready to move on.

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  2. Some super shots there, Martha! I'm glad you're the Queen of Everything and can decree that winter is now over. Be it so!

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  3. Gorgeous! Isn't it strange how other people'snow doesn't ever look as annoying as the stuff that falls at your own place?? Your snow looks beautiful, and I love the "have faith" spring will come image.

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    1. Hahaha...yes, everyone else's snowy mess is quite attractive. I love looking at photos of snow that is not around my home!

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  4. Like Francie, I think your snow pics are great, but I'm happy to be in Florida for the winter.

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    1. Believe me, if I could leave for the winter, I'd be doing the same thing!

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  5. wow we never get that much snow

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  6. Hi Martha! You have beautiful blue sky days with gorgeous snow too! And I love the space around your house. Having lived in a lot of wild places, I need space or I feel like I can't breathe. I loved the humor of the last photo! Have a warm and sunshiny day!

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    1. We live in a smaller city, and there's a feeling of open space that I love. I lived in a big city for the first 44 years of my life, and I never could quite get used to it. I'm much happier here.

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  7. I love your wind chimes covered in ice! I saw a robin the other day and then yesterday when I was going out into our back yard, I scared 2 robins who flew off into the trees. They must have been hiding out in a sheltered area on our garage roof. Today's snow is perfect for making snowmen if you're interested :)

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    1. Robins! That is great. I am on the lookout for them. It was around this time last year that I spotted one. Whenever I see one at the end of February or early March, it's the absolute guarantee that spring is on its way. We've had a family of robins since we moved here, and I hope we have another one this year. I can't wait to see them --- and take lots of photos!

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    2. I wish I had seen your message earlier. I would have joined you in the snowman making!

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  8. Wow, that IS a lot of snow. Nevertheless, your photos of it are lovely, Martha. We've been quite fortunate here---lots of rain, but much less snow than usual.

    By the way, I must say how incredibly jealous I am that you have such a huge library near your house! You know, one of the wonderful things about awful weather is that it gives you an excuse to curl up with a book and a nice mug of hot chocolate. :-) Not ALL bad, right?

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    1. Winter is terrific for that. I do more reading during that time than any other. But I do get tired of it; winter is much too long here. Can't wait to see all the birds back in my yard! And the little chipmunks!

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  9. Thanks for this Martha! So glad that winter is over!! I guess the weather here was wrong in predicting the 10 cm of snow for us tomorrow!! lol
    Great shots here a,d you have the 'parking of the shovel' down to a tee! lol

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  10. oh my Martha. Although snow looks beautiful I have to say I do not envy the snow blowing and shoveling that goes with it. I am with you, welcome spring!!!

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    1. No, it's not much fun. I'd rather be dipping my toes in the water at the beach!

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  11. I couldn't agree with you more! Great photos!

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  12. Wait...your shovel looks brand new... how long have you had it? (haha just kidding!)

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    1. We have a few shovels. This one is mine, so it's new for obvious reasons...LOL...

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