While we may not be having the horrendous weather some of my friends on the East Coast are having, we in Chicago, Michigan and the rest of the Midwest are having our own winter frustrations.
This winter started out not too bad, but January and February have really kicked it up a notch. Record snow, record cold, Old Man Winter is really piling it on, especially tough on top of last winter.
It’s hard to even think about the garden. I haven’t really been in the mood to look at the seed catalogues that are piling up or to get ready to start any seedlings yet. I feel like spring is never going to come. But I know, all of a sudden this will be over and spring will sneak up on us. Hopefully sooner than later.
My mom made use of a recent blizzardy day, where she couldn’t even see the neighbors house, to takes some photos of the feathered and furry friends who are thankful for her food.
I think these photos made the cold, snowy, wintry day a lot better! Hope you enjoyed them, too.
(Photo Credit: Weather graphic from Tracy Butler/ABC 7 Chicago)
The other day, before the polar vortex descended into the Chicago area, Steve and I went out for a walk and lunch at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. The Arboretum is a real local treasure where we can always find something interesting every time we visit. Today we walked around one of the very snowy and quiet trails, and then took time to walk through the Children’s Garden. Even though we had no kids with us today, it’s a beautifully laid out garden, easy to explore on a snowy day.
You never know what you’ll find when walking around. I’m still not sure who made these beautiful nests, but I’m leaning towards a Red-Eyed Vireo. The nest is pretty small, would fit in the palm of my hand, and was about 6 ft off the ground. Any thoughts?
Once we had enough outdoors, we were lucky enough to get tickets to the last day of the 12th annual Enchanted Railroad Model Train display. It’s definitely for all ages, no kids are necessary to enjoy.
And of course, the trip was topped off by lunch in the Gingko Cafe and a trip to one of the best gift shops around. Whenever I stop in there, I am reminded that the book “Man of Salt and Trees: The Life of Joy Morton” by James Ballowe is on my “to read” list.
As the snow finally subsided, the temperatures dropped and the winds picked up. We went to sleep with temperatures already below zero and that was to be the high for the day. We were at -18 in the morning and it hasn’t become much better.
So of course I had to go out and try to take a few pictures, but it was honestly so cold I could only snap a few before my fingers became painfully cold. That was enough, back inside to enjoy the sun from the warmth of the house. Watching the TV news, it is obvious that not everyone was able to make it home last night. Many highways and roads became closed from blizzard conditions, black ice is making open roads treacherous and the airports are still a mess. Hopefully this passes soon and everyone is home safely.
Outside this morning, the snow was squeaking under my feet and the sun was shining brilliantly. Snow drifts had formed in the driveway and everything had a smooth, wind blown look to it.
Outside one of the porch windows there was this beautiful frost.