Monday, December 27, 2010

The White Stuff = Hunkering Down... and a Big Thank You

Well, although the blizzard arrived and it's still snowing, blowing, and drifting...
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...it could have been a LOT worse! The first thing I did this morning (after taking this photo) was to push the snow off the top of the bird feeder and fill it with lots of seed for our feathered friends!


Remember the welcome bunny I showed you in yesterday's post, taken after our December 22nd mini-snowfall?


Here he is this morning! The bunny and poinsettias are hardly recognizable under the blanket of white!
The following photos were taken from about the same vantage point as the photos in yesterday's blogpost, but there's a lot more snow today!

I haven't ventured outside yet this morning, so this photo was taken with me hanging out the dining room window, but it's the back garden gate and arbor that you saw yesterday. I can still make out the gate's "heart" in the center of the wreath... I love this old gate!


In yesterday's photo, the whole picket fence in front of the shed was showing. Now just the tippety top of the pickets are peekng through the snow! Oh, and the birdbath that is attached to the deck railing on the left? I highly recommend a heated birdbath to anyone who lives in a New England-like climate. The birds LOVE it! As you can see, the snow has melted into the middle of it, and the birds and squirrels use this all winter long, when all other sources of water are frozen solid. The mourning doves also use it as a steam bath. Flocks of them like to gather around it and warm themselves... too cute!

And right before Christmas I made one last dash to the Post Office, and just look at the beautiful surprise that was waiting for me!! (I was so anxious to open it when I got home that I forgot to take photos of how beautifully it was wrapped!)

My beautiful friend Claudia, from Mockingbird Hill Cottage, sent me one of her handmade fabric hearts, made with two coordinating red and cream fabrics! I LOVE it! It is just so beautiful, Claudia, thank you! And look at how classy her Moo Minicards are! Add to that the handwritten note stamped with the bird and mhc... It was all so very special, and such a sweet surprise!!! You know what else it was?....................................Baby-proof!!!!


There's nothing like hunkering down when a blizzard is wreaking havoc outside your home, and who knows better how to hunker down than a kitty?


Sleeping Beauty was the perfect backdrop to show off my beautiful new heart!
Baby and I thank you, Claudia! And to anyone living through c-o-l-d winter weather, I'm wishing you cozy winter days!................ Donna
To Susan who asked about where to purchase heated bird baths... I purchased mine years ago at a local Wild Birds Unlimited (or similar) bird store. If you can't find a heated bird bath locally, there's a wide variety on-line to choose from:
If you don't have an outlet to plug in a heated bird bath, here are some that are solar powered:
Here are some you can purchase on-line from Wild Birds Unlimited:
And here are some from CSNStores.com:
And just some in general from a Google search:

9 comments:

Terra said...

Your snow photos are beautiful, especially of your gate and arbor, and the kitten snuggling up to the heart. The birds appreciate your heated birdbath, that is a wonderful gift for them.

home made gorgeous said...

Gosh, you have had a lot of snow! I LOVE the photos of your kittie and the heart! So cute. Sarah x

Susan said...

Hi Donna...

You crack me up. I could just picture you hanging out the dining room window to take those great photos. Talk about being a faithful blogger! You are the best!And they really were super photos.

The heart is adorable. Loved it. And that Baby...oh man. Baby is about one of the most darling kitties I have ever laid eyes on. (And I even have my Honey Cat so that is saying something).

Donna. wherever does one find a heated birdbath?

We got whammied with snow. I shoveled for QUITE a spell this morning. Actually, I used a broom so it wasn't really "shoveling." It was nice, though. Refreshing.

Take care, Donna. Susan

Claudia said...

Oh my goodness, you've brought a smile to my face! Seeing sweet Baby with the heart is just priceless! You are most welcome my friend, I'm so glad you like it!

xo
Claudia

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Your shots are beautiful! And what a neat idea, a heated bird bath. Never heard of one. If we have a repeat of this week we may need one here in the south.
Baby is just adorable!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh, Donna! All that snow! I was thinking of you today while watching the news. Wowwww! We've been so lucky here in Michigan. All the storms so far have missed us --- thank goodness. Darling heart from your sweet friend! Baby looks like she's adopted it as her nighttime pillow. :) I'm glad to hear that others out there have heated birdbaths. I have a heater in both of my cement baths and along with all the birds and squirrels that use it, the deer even come up to the deck to drink from it! :)

xoxo laurie

Southern Lady said...

Your pictures are lovely! It looks as though your home is cozy and warm! Snuggle in and enjoy the peacefulness of the day. Carla

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

Val said...

Your cat is adorable. I love following the "What-do-I-need-to-rearrange-because-of-the-cat's-antics-now?" saga. :) Happy holidays!