Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Blizzard and a Birthday

A blizzard hit us in southeastern Massachusetts last night through today. It was my birthday yesterday so some of my birthday plans got curtailed. Andy was going to take me to the Newport mansions to see the decorations and holiday carolers, but the snow prevented us from going. We had dinner at a nice restaurant nearby and then watched my new favorite movie "Julie and Julia."

Last night the snow was really coming down and the wind was whipping around like crazy. Ellie poked her nose out for a sniff.

She didn't want to go outside, but Mother Nature was calling so she donned her bright orange coat and we shoveled a little path for her.

The snow at night was beautiful to see.

You can really see the blizzard conditions in this photo. This was just the start of the storm so the snow wasn't that high yet.

The next morning we awoke to this....

The view outside my kitchen window.

The first thing I did when got up and outside was to fill the bird feeders (notice I wasn't even dressed yet... I still have on my black velour pajama bottoms).

The birds enjoying the feast.

Morning doves huddled in a tree.

A blue jay hiding in a bush.

When the storm was finally over we ended up with almost 2 feet of snow. Now the fun begins.... digging out! We'll definitely have a white Christmas.


CiNdEe said...

Wow really pretty but so cold!!!! I bet poor Ellie was saying brrrrr turn on the heat Mom!!!(-:
Jack has had to deal with the rain. He hates it so much!!!

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse... said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! I love having a white Christmas, we only have a dusting!! Thanks for your sweet comment.


azplantlady said...

Hello Jackie,

I found your blog on Blotanical. I just love viewing your snowy landscape. It is rare for us to receive snow in the Arizona desert. I love seeing your Amaryllis growing inside and the beautiful blue jay feeding. I look forward to reading future posts.

The Galloping Gardener said...

Happy Birthday and enjoy that snow! We've had about six inches here, but now it's melting ....

Elsa said...

First I will say a late Happy Birthday!

I saw on the news that you have had a really winther over there this weekend.
I am hoping we will have some snow here before Christmas too.

Thanks for visiting my blog:)

Have a really nice day:)

Jan said...

Looks gorgeous, but I know this much snow can be a problem for so many people. It does make for some pretty "picture postcard" shots.

Always Growing

lynn'sgarden said...

Happy Belated, Jackie! Boy, you got double the white stuff we pretty in pictures..but the digging out is sooo much work! Bandit can relate with Ellie!
Love your mantle decorations!

Martha said...

Everyone wants a white Christmas but they play havoc to travel. Having a December birthday as well, I know how weather can spoil (or at least change) celebrations!

Your pictures are beautiful and as I was reading I saw the bird feeders and thought to myself, I hope they filled them -- and there you were, filling the feeders!

Beautiful amaryllis in the window!

The Garden Ms. S said...

Jackie, Beautiful posts on a winter night and morning. I love snow, it just makes winter magical.

Your bird feeder is certainly popular - love to see all those birds. The mourning doves are so pretty.

Have belated birthday!!

Carrie said...

Oh my goodness and there's me getting all excited about our 2 inches! You have REAL snow, wow. Ellie May's coat is very lovely, Maggie's is black with a red tartan collar - stylish girls x Hope you get of that house some day, nice though it is.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Wow is that a lot of snow!! I bet the birds were happy to get the food, no wonder you had so many.
Happy Birthday, hope you don't have to do much of the digging :)

Stacey said...

Your pictures are so pretty. :) We might have snow here in time for Christmas. That's a very rare thing in Oklahoma. We do get some snow but it usually is in January and February.

I know your birds appreciated your effort. Ours have been feasting...along with the squirrels.

Kathleen said...

Happy Belated Birthday from me too Jackie. Sorry you missed the mansion tours ~ they would have been spectacular I bet. Can you catch them another time or are they over for the season?
I LOVE that movie ~ Julia and Julie. Saw it at the theater for my birthday last summer and it's in my daughter stocking for Christmas! Can't wait for her to open it so I can watch it again!!!
Stay warm and I hope you get dug out ~ that's a LOT of snow. Merry Christmas to you too.
ps. I noticed your amaryllis in the windows ~ they will be blooming soon. Can't wait to see which ones you have.

Tootsie said...

I think your weather hit Alberta today!!! I am hating the drop in temp and more shoveling!'
Merry Christmas my friend and a safe and happy new year!

Joanne said...

Brr much better from indoors.

sweet bay said...

That is some blizzard! Those birds look so cold -- I am sure they appreciate the food that you put out for them!

Happy belated Birthday!

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Wow! That's a lot of snow! Hope you had a lovely birthday anyway. I love the movie Julie and Julia too. Hubby and I went to see it in the theatres and fell in love.

Beegirl said...

Happy Birthday!
Happy SNOW!
Happy Christmas!!
: ))

Darla said...

Happy belated Birthday. That's some snow don't have on near enough clothes to be out there!!

tina said...

Those birds are most lucky to have you with all that snow covering their food. Do have a great and safe New Year!