Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thursday 13


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Why we put up with all the nonsense with the cold and the snow and mice, roof rakes and leaks and wndows that now and then blow in, in a REALLY good blizzard...


 back field

 driveway early summer

Cuffy and his catnip dreams

view out the  front window

 poppy  and beauty bush

mother turkey and her babies

 no one says you can't

dragonfly 

woodpile in October

 barred owl looking over his shoulder

 wood in September

Turkey Vulture (really)

young buck in November

17 comments:

  1. Grey November and the thought of snow in the near future brings me down. I enjoyed your lovely pictures of the transformation of the seasons.

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    1. It's also what keeps me here, knowing that it does get better. And it always does. I have never once wished I lived somewhere else.
      Not yet, anyway.

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  2. Seen a few good-sized Vees overhead lately, too. Yep. It's time, alright.

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    1. We don't get the flyway stuff, just the ones who stray too far from the main route. Neighbor said he caught the hawk migration a few weeks back, and while I missed the crows, I know they've pretty much gone, too. somewhere.

      But there's nothing as poignant as those geese, barreling south...

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  3. You've got mice too? We've been battling them for a couple of months now.

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    1. Ah. You have my total sympathy. We used to have mice, one winter we had MICE. Every morning I would scrub down the counter tops, clean out the kitchen drawers (again) and rejoice everytime Toby caught one.

      What you really need is to find out where they're getting in, and block that. Thoroughly. I cleaned out a long dark closet, totally, scrubbed the shelves, plugged the fist-sized holes (it's an old house) with cement-in-a-sock, and discovered a mouse nest (oh, ick) in one corner.

      I didn't use D-Con, or traps, it seems a dreadful thing to do, and the D-con is a poison. If the mouse eats it, and a cat eats the mouse still alive, then the cat is now full of warfarin too. Not good.

      Once I got the holes plugged, the reign of terror just about stopped. And Toby the wonder cat takes care of the rest.

      There is also a product out there that repels mice. It's not a bad smell, and it does seem to work. I'd rather repel them than kill them, frankly.

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  4. Like gathering nuts for winter. Wood piles are so photogenic. It all looks like a paradise to me.

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    1. lol I never thought of woodpiles that way, but you're right. I usually end up taking at least two or three every year.

      My favorite woodpile is the one that's not there, all neatly stacked in the shed. This is about the equivalent of what we will start with next fall.

      If I can only get the Mr. to stop bringing home logs and downed trees to 'cut up later'. sigh.

      It is paradise, but a chilly one sometimes. The price you pay for living where you want.

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  5. If you love woodpiles, look for the Norwegian SlowTV ones on Netflix. They aren't for everyone but I certainly love them.

    This is paradise. I know when blizzards come it isn't, but it's as close as Earth gets. Lovely 13!

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    1. oh I love SlowTV. I only have the TedTalk version, but that is such a treat...

      And even on the roof with a roof rake in hand, I still can take time to appreciate all that snow. Most of the time.

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    2. Just found a free version of the bergen railway, all seven hours. Right now my eyes are trying to adjust to the dark tunnel. thank you.

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  6. should you wake up one morning to find some crazy lady with a lot of yarn camped out in a tent somewhere on that lovely property, that will most likely be me.

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  7. Thanks, that's a nice thought-- and we'd love the surprise, Im sure. Bundle up. It was 9 above at 5 am. That's Fahrenheit not C. In Centigrade it sounds so much colder...

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  8. What lovely countryside. We have 20 degrees this morning (Saturday). But it is always lovely here.

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    1. This is very true, and it's always a pleasure to realize that when you go away, for whatever reason, just getting back lifts the spirit.

      right now 20 deg. seems balmy. I think we'd have been okay but the wind last night was ferocious, it just sheeted in under the windows, no matter what we did to them...and it is a tad early for it--one of those early warning things, I guess.

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  9. I must admit I wouldn't like to live as far north as you, but I do like having four seasons. Couldn't be happy further south where there are basically two! And we're in the middle of the Eastern flyway, so we het many lovely species. And masses of raptors and scavengers. Always something going on overhead. People who only know what they read about NJ are amazed to visit and find such beauty. Masses of old growth trees.

    Near me a virgin beechwood. Anyway I do like it, don't really need a change of scenery for vacation.

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    1. Im not all that keen on this far north either, if you must know. But sometimes it's the price you pay for all the rest. And after 70 years of it, one does get accustomed.

      It's funny, people who should know better are always asking us where we plan on going for 'his' vacation. I say, if we have one, I would go to the ocean (40 miles that way) and he would head for the White Mountains (80 miles that way). But since we don't vacation...and they really don't get it. Or they want to know where we go to see the leaves. "Right out onto the porch, actually..."

      And that eastern flyway would have me on the porch all day, waiting for the next surprise.

      And at this point, the next surprise was to wake up from a very convoluted nap to discover that it's snowing out, hard and fast. Totally unneccessary. I must complain to the management.

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