1/30/13

I love Cardinals but not our treacherous winter roads



He finally showed up today!!  I have been waiting for him all winter.  None of that cheap old birdseed for him...only the best will draw him in.

Mr. Blue jay is always around...he'll eat about anything.  
But Mr. Cardinal always seems more elusive.  Maybe he knows just how lovely he is especially against newly fallen snow.
 I tried to get some pictures of him when he landed on the ground.  He looked so beautiful against the snow.  But alas, it's gloomy here and the pics were too dark through my window.

I was housebound yesterday with freezing rain and rotten roads. Today I knew I had to get to town just to cure my cabin fever a bit.  Except today it's snowing and snowing and my road looked like this..

And this...

And the trees look glorious all covered in the newly fallen snow.
Well I made it!!
And I made it home.  And then I promptly got stuck in our driveway and then fell two times trying to get into the house.
Oh the joys of winter in the frozen tundra!!
But that beautiful cardinal sure made my day!
Now don't tell me if your sunbathing in the Caribbean right now or just got back from there.
But otherwise how is winter in your neck of the woods?
Cindy


31 comments:

  1. I love cardinals but they are picky...I bet you do have cabin fever...

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  2. Windy with snow on the ground in Colorado - nasty, cold out there! Stay safe. Sally

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  3. What beauty with the colorful birds against the white snowy background. We feed the birds also and many cardinals come calling. I am a new reader who just "found" your blog and will be stopping by to see more.

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  4. I hear you- We got 8" of snow so far today and it is still snowing a bit but slacking off now. My son had to go to Milwaukee and is coming back tonight in this mess. He has a sports car so I am praying for his safety. Do we EVER quit worrying? Glad you got home safe and sound but sorry you fell- xo Diana

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  5. Hello, what wonderful birds the Cardinals are, your lucky to have them, me not so lucky, none around here.......Blessings Francine.

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  6. Looks like we're about even in the snow department.

    I LOVE that picture of BOTH the Cardinal and the Bluejay together at the feeder.

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  7. I actually was sunbathing yesterday in my backyard! It was 80 degrees here in N. Florida but today was cloudy, windy and cold! Your snow is beautiful! Be careful!

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  8. Beautiful snow! And you got some great shots of the birds. Do you just zoom in on them or do you have a special lens? I never get bird pics!

    Stay safe...I know how you feel. When you have to get out you find a way! Sorry about the falls, hope you are okay.

    XO,
    Jane

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  9. Beautiful pictures! So glad your cardinal came to visit, his red was just so gorgeous against the drab background. Hope you get out soon.

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  10. I love the pictures of the birds and snow--so pretty. I get a lot of cardinals but not many jays since we have moved across town. It was in the 70's here today, but we are under a tornado watch for the next 5 hours--snow is preferable I think (but I know snow can be dangerous too!).

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  11. Your bird photos are lovely, and so are the snow pictures. Please be careful, though! I don't want you to get hurt! We got a big snow also, and unfortunately, there seems to be ice underneath. Glad for the moisture, but the bad roads I can do without!

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  12. Your photos looks beautiful but it looks very cold. Love the pics of the birds...Christine

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  13. You poor dear...that is a BUNCH of snow!!! Stay home and be safe! Love the red bird, he is worth the extra nice seed for sure! Stay warmmmmmm!

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  14. We heard from our friend in Appleton yesterday evening. Snowed in sort of!!! The photos are gorgeous!

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  15. Cindy, you got a wonderful shot of that handsome cardinal! Your roads, though, are horrible!!! When do they plow? I'm glad you arrived home safely and hope you don't have bruises from your falls. We had terrible winds in the night. Lights flashed and more trees fell, but no real damage. 50s yesterday, snow tomorrow! Linda

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  16. I could go all Winter and not see snow and I would be happy. Cold here this morning, but at least the sun is shining for a change. The cardinals are so pretty. Use to have a good size flock that came thru about this time every year, but the last couple of years not so many.
    Stay warm.

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  17. Oh my word. I so remember this from living in Oregon. So glad I don't have to deal with all that snow Hope you are well, can't wait for you to come visit. HUgs, Marty

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  18. Akk, I love snow and ice but only when I get to stay home and enjoy through my window. Stay safe. It is beautiful where you live!! Clarice

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  19. Love your photos. Those roads look icy...be careful out there

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  20. Oh he is beautiful!! I would love to have a majestic bird like that come to visit! It looks so cold in your neck of the woods...we see snow only up on the mountain tops here...in my neck of the woods its 70 and breezy...stay warm!!

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  21. Cindy dear, this is such a pretty post. Cardinals are my favorite bird, and then the red breasted robin but those are not birds we have here. Perhaps in Northern California, but I have never seen one.
    We do have Mexican Blue Jays and those are so entertaining.
    Do be careful out there on the road. Looks very treacherous to me.
    I just read a previous post and had NO idea your sweet Mom had had a stroke. I am on medication to thin my blood so I (hopefully)won't have one. It's not one bit fun to get older and have to worry about such things.
    Not that she knows who in the world I am, but please send her my best wishes, will you.
    I know she and I have been in the same boat at one time..and it's isn't easy.
    You take care of yourself too as being a caregiver can be very stressful!
    Love and hugs,
    Mona

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  22. Winter here is...wonderful of course. I just came in from out watering the lawn and plants on the back patio. I also painted the trim on my front window FINALLY! Remember I painted the trim on our home red? Well, we were so tired that we left the window trims and garage trim brown..so..finally..today I went out and masked off the front window and painted it red.
    YIPPEE! Just have the garage and front window to do. The shutters were done when we painted the trim!
    NO snow, no cold weather and the rain has gone East. :)

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  23. Cindy, that first picture is absolutely gorgeous. It should be framed. Brrrr. That's a lot of snow. So sorry you fell in the driveway. I'm glad you didn't injure yourself, but I bet you are sore. How brave of you to drive in all of that snow. I'd just have to go crazy with cabin feaver. There's no way I could drive in that. Yep! You need to come to Ark., where we think it's cold if the temps dip into the 40's! Have a great weekend. laurie

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  24. Hi dear Cindy,

    Thanks for the visit!!! Wicked weather in your territory INDEED, but look at that beautiful Cardinal. I'm jealous.

    Sending love across the cooooooold miles,

    Sharon

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  25. Oh, how beautiful. I miss cardinals so much. They don't come to the Rockies. When I lived in Ohio they were all around us. In the morning they would call to each other. Beautiful songs. It's 45 degrees and sunny today in Estes Park. But we wish it would snow. We need the moisture so badly. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos of the cardinal.

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  26. Hope your weather has improved since you wrote this Cindy! I miss the snow but I don't miss those kinds of winters. There is nothing more beautiful than a cardinal against a snowy landscape. My Mom is always on the lookout for them in her yard.

    Hugs my friend! Eileen

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  27. It is ok to say that I would trade. I would. I am tired of looking at the same brown lizard.

    Oh that glorious red and blue! :)

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  28. Well I just come back from Dubai(visiting my son for two weeks)25degrees and sun!!! But here rain and cold.....snow is beautiful, but not easy to drive.

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  29. I think you've gotten way more snow than us. We get a couple of inches at a time and have to endure lots of cold temps. You captured some gorgeous scenery! :-)

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  30. I live in Minnesota and never see cardinals. I see plenty of icy roads though.

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  31. Beautiful photos of the cardinal! I'm very envious - I have also been stalking the cardinal in my back yard - he is so elusive!

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Welcome,
I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy