This was my 8th year counting birds for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Some years I venture out to find birds at wetlands or local parks. This year, I only counted birds at home. We had a little snow, which I think kept some birds in hiding. Also, I didn’t get out as often as I sometimes do. So, although I spotted a number
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Now that the holidays and traveling are over, I decided to take a look around outside to see what needs done for spring. What I noticed was that winter is definitely upon us. It is a foggy, muddy mess out there. Not even the heather plants, which I love, can brighten the gloominess.
Dreary December 2015
The weather forecast is getting predictable. Rain. Followed by rain. And more rain. This December is officially the wettest month in 75 years. That’s sayin’ a lot since we live in Oregon. And, the month isn’t even over yet. We still have over a week left in December. After such a dry summer, a little rain is nice. But, we’ve had enough now. I’d like
Old Man Winter vs. Escallonia
Back in 2012 I planted a front flowerbed. It was a big deal. I had planted many other flowerbeds, but the one right at our entrance had been on hold. Finally, though, I was able to put in the flowerbed. I was thrilled! I decided that since it was a small area & it was the most visible that I would splurge & spend the
Keeping the Incubator Running When the Power’s Out
Around our house, stormy weather typically coincides with the power going out. And this week we’ve had plenty of stormy weather.
I didn’t name this winter weather event. The media has dubbed these last few days as Snowpocalypse 2014. Geesh. Why? Because throughout the Willamette Valley down to Salem, and even parts of the coast got 6+ inches of snow & freezing rain. That’s rare. We will get that much at our house usually a couple times a year. But, we are at a higher elevation.