Another Snowy Day

big fluffy flakes

big fluffy flakes

After the last snow  that crippled Atlanta was quite mild here, we are getting hit with this storm. A band of snow has been over our area since very early this morning. Good news is that it is getting a bit warmer and not as much is on the ground as there was earlier. Bad news is that another band is coming through tomorrow and the prediction is for icy conditions. Best news is that I don’t have to go outside – unless the power goes out and I will go to Sharon’s house for the gas fireplace. The snow has been quite pretty, with very large flakes.

snow from back door at 7:30

snow from back door at 7:30

snow from back door in early afternoon

snow from back door in early afternoon

 

We’ve had activity next door, at the commercial property. The owner has put it up for sale and completed clearing away all equipment and concrete pipes. My only problem is living so close if it becomes a busy business of some sort. The back of the concrete block building is about 50 feet from my cottage, which is okay in the summer, but when the winter comes with die back of foliage, it seems closer. You can see in the snow pictures from the back patio, how close the building is. We are discussing what evergreen grows fast that can go in for a hedge along the property line. Sharon has done such a good job of clearing away weeds, vines on trees, and other brush out to the property line, now we want to fill it in with selected plantings.

The sunflower seeds I put out on the patio have brought in a lot of birds, even a small flock of juncos. I have not seen any here in SC yet and am glad to have these handsome little birds. We have had lots of cardinals, morning doves, house finches and goldfinches, a few sparrows. I saw a towee yesterday, not at the seed, but digging in leaves not far away. I suspect they are a lot like humans, driving past a restaurant and seeing a lot of cars makes us decide to try it, as the food must be good. Once I started getting more birds, another bunch decided to try our place.

junco and cardinal

junco and cardinal

Well, Sharon has decided to give up the young male mini schnauzer she thought would revitalize her older dogs. He was a good addition and so affectionate, but he has turned out to be a strong alpha male, acting very territorial when another male dog came to board. After much deliberation, she decided her work with rescue dogs, fostering until a forever home was found, is too important. With a very assertive dog, the poor scared fosterlings would be harder to teach what a safe and loving home should be. It would also affect the boarding Sharon sometimes does, which is also pleasant – chaotic, too, when there are half a dozen or so dogs running around.

sweet Fritz

sweet Fritz

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