Rita's Ramblings: a basically house-bound woman in Fargo, North Dakota blogging for friends, family, and anybody who finds it interesting. I talk about art or craft projects, my grandson (Ian), the weather, movies, books, health, and whatever happens to be going on in my life. Welcome!
Monday, February 04, 2019
2-4-2019 Monday-1:15 pm
Was another low-spoons, noodle-y, restful, quiet, weather week. You may have heard about the record cold temps and wind we had up here for three days (T-Th). Schools, clinics, and some businesses were closed. We didn't even have mail in town on Wednesday with the 60+ below wind chill. I was tossing out at least three times as much seed as usual. As you can see by the evidence, the rabbits have been very grateful.
I tried to go out and sweep the rabbit poops off the patio because I felt badly having to toss seed out on top of poop scattered snow but the majority were frozen into the snow and nobody seemed to mind eating around them--LOL! Too dang cold and windy to shovel and I have a difficult time shoveling, anyways. When it warms up and the wind dies down...whenever that finally happens--LOL!
Caroline was supposed to come clean on Tuesday. I let her know we should reschedule since it was 20-something below. She was glad to just have to make it to work and back. Everybody wonders if their cars will start when it's that cold.
One morning I had just tossed out the seed and hadn't even closed the patio door...look who came hopping out from beside the building to eat!
Some of you may remember the baby cottontail bunny who hung around here...goodness, was it a year ago or two?
The cottontails look so small compared to the huge jackrabbits.
She wasn't afraid of me (probably more afraid of the jackrabbits) and let me get up fairly close to take pictures. Look at those cute little ears--aww! I'll bet a good share of those poops are hers--LOL!
Annie missed the bunny visit. ;)
**** It had warmed up to 10 degrees by Friday--thank goodness. Caroline brought my groceries. Still cold but not as bad as 25-35 below.
I had started the memoir section for the week on Thursday but didn't finish till Saturday. Nothing for you to read this week--no links. I guess I hadn't written anything about high school. Don't feel like gabbing about that right now, either--LOL!
The only reason I was catching up on Saturday is that there was no Gramma Day because Ian, Leah, and Dagan all had pinkeye. (Ahh--preschool--ROFL!)
I had to also do something creative for my weekly artist's date...so I just folded and taped together those envelopes from last week.
Goes to show you how slow I have been moving the past month--took me three sessions to just do these. Something I would have done in one sitting in my past (healthier) life--LOL! Oh well. You do what you can. They are finished. :) (Some of you will get some odd envelopes in the mail--hehe!)
Last night another winter storm blew through.
This time it buried my patio.
Can't even see my planters--LOL!
The snow piles over there from the apartment parking lot across the way are getting higher.
They're well past the height of the garage doors.
I noticed somebody made a little bed next to the patio door last night. I wonder if it was the bunny. I think she's been hanging around nearby a lot. Could be a couple grouse, I suppose, too. Looks too small to be a jackrabbit's bed.
Yup--living in the wind vortex I still can see grass in my yard despite there being drifts 4-5 feet high on the other side of the sidewalk. We got an additional 4.2 inches they say. Hard for me to judge here out my windows in my little corner of the world.
They say we could get more snow tomorrow night. Not looking to warm up any time soon. I guess I will be waiting to shovel the patio--LOL! ;)
I tossed the seed out as far as I could but with the wind there is no chance of accuracy. The girls and the sparrows came readily to climb and dig in the snow drift.
This is my view this morning from my laptop at the kitchen table.
As you know, I do love the snow! But the frigid temps this winter are a bit much. One time it's a blessing to be housebound in an apartment where somebody else has to shovel. ;) There are silver linings to everything, I guess. I feel badly for all the people who have to shovel and pray their cars will start...and the people who have to be outside in their weather for their jobs!! My poor brother, Blaine, has retired but he works part-time still reading meters--walking from house to house in all weather. Brrr!
Well, I hope everyone stays warm and safe. Or if you live where it is terribly hot that you stay cool and safe. (I hear there is record heat in Australia!)
Can't get this song out of my head. So, I'll leave you with James Taylor...and me smiling and singing along.
**** "Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule." Buddha