Monday, March 17, 2014

Fresh Start

I can't believe I'm typing a post on St. Patrick's Day while it is snowing outside!  Dear Spring, whatever we have done to upset you, please accept our sincerest apologies and come back, we miss you!

These pictures are almost 2 weeks old, from when we had our last snowstorm.  This snow is even heavier, and as of now we have about 5 inches on the ground and it's still spitting snow.  It is lovely though, I have to admit that much.

The last of the Tundra Swans said goodbye to us late last week, and though I will miss them and the lovely calls they make to one another, it does mean that spring must be just around the corner.

I know this not only because of the swans' departure, but because this guy paid us a visit last Saturday when the weather was nice and balmy. Sorry for the brown lines in the foreground on this image, those are the grasses that line our shore, and I was too lazy to photoshop them out.

We've seen a number of nesting pairs of Osprey high up in their abandoned perches from last summer, a sure sign that warmer temps are on their way.  I'm betting the early arrivals are wondering if perhaps they should have stayed down south just a few days longer since they are now likely huddled up trying to keep warm.

Last week I was huddled up myself, and wondering if a visit to the hospital might not be in order.  I managed to make it through Sunday, and on Monday, first thing, I was at the doctor's office where he diagnosed me with 2 flu bugs and a sinus infection!  Mr. Tide reminded me that my overachiever personality could leave illnesses out of my repertoire...and after feeling like I'd been hit by a truck, or 2, I wholeheartedly agree!

I laid in bed for days and watched almost every movie Netflix has to offer I think.  Some of them were good, others were just a way to kill the time since I wasn't even feeling up to using my laptop.

After a week of being bored to tears, but being smart enough to take it easy, we ventured out to buy groceries and birdseed yesterday.  I really didn't believe we would get much snow, but mother nature proved me wrong and wanted me to take it easy an extra few days I think.  

I think it was her way of giving us one last blast of winter to remind us of how wonderful springtime will be this year...a fresh start of sorts for things to come.

I hope all is well in your world and Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  1. Kat, hope you're feeling better. Influenza and endless snow are not the most uplifting,morale boosting things in the world. If it's any consolation our Spring weather seems to have appeared at last, Yours cannot be too far away.

  2. Absolutely beautiful photos! I rather like the rogue blade of grass. Glad you are on the mend. Knock on wood, I think I'm the only one to make it through this winter without a terrible cold/flu. I would like to thank a healthy splash of booze and my aversion to crowds for this good fortune. Did you watch any of those "moving art" films on Netflix? I watched one the other night and enjoyed it.

  3. Beautiful images! And I sure hope you're feeling much better already -

  4. Those are really pretty photos of the cardinals. I, like they, am wishing it were a wee bit warmer.

  5. sorry for your "sickiness" and just a wee bit longer.....your spring will come. Ours has made it here and people are indeed happy again!!!!
    What kind of bird is that red tinged one? Gorgeous usual!!!

  6. Your photos are beautiful, but I am a little tired of seeing snow. We drove in snow all the way to Nashville on our way to Florida and had a little the day after we got home on the weekend. I heard them say "wintery mix" for next week and I almost screamed at the television! I know I will complain when I am hot, but after a few days of flowers blooming and warm sunshine, it was really hard to come home to more winter!

  7. I keep watching out of the windows for signs of Spring here, too. We had a mix of rain, and snow today. I was hopeful, but this weekend the temps will drop down to 2 degrees at night. I guess the ice on the canal will be here for a while longer.
    Your images are beautiful, Kat.
    I'm glad you are feeling better.

  8. I missed this post, Kat...I was wondering how you've been...and now I know! I'm sorry you've been down and out! I hope you are feeling better and spring has reached you there! We had another 2" of snow today...

  9. These were beautifully capture. I am ready for Spring. This winter seems to be going on forever.

    Maria @ The Good Life

  10. These are absolutely amazing captures Kat! Oh to be able to take photos like you -sigh- I could look at them over and over. Actually I have, they are so beautiful!
    I am so sorry to hear you have been so sick. It sounds like you really had it hit you hard. Get plenty of rest dear, so you get your immune system back and fully recover. By now, I hope you are through it just fine.
    much love...


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