Friday, December 31, 2010


Well, what a month! It felt like Winter long before Winter even officially got here. The temps in my garden didn't get above freezing for almost a week in the middle of the month, so for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, everything was frozen and sad. The little Violas were the only things even making an attempt at blooming, but they were having a very hard time.

In the midst of the freezing days, we had rain and amazing ice designs were created. I found them very interesting.

And then one of my poor chickie dudes was sick for a couple of days. I was afraid that she would die, so, of course, I had to worry and fret over her. But she is absolutely fine now. I don't know what the problem was; I am just thankful that she is back to her beautiful self.

The Winter Equinox brought with it a total lunar eclipse. How cool is that! I did happen to be awake in the wee hours of that morning, so, braving the cold, I went outside to see if I could see the eclipse, but the sky was solid clouds. Oh, well. One time in California, I watched an amazing lunar eclipse, so that memory will be enough for now.

I have had lots and lots and lots of birds coming to my bird feeder. It hangs just outside my sliding glass door/window and I love to watch the birds come and go. Maybe the birds take the place of the flowers for the Winter. What do you think?

The snow. Oh, the snow. Like so many others, I had my share of snow on the 25th. We got almost 6 inches, which is rare for this place. And this time of year. There is still plenty of snow on the ground. But the temperatures aren't supposed to dip into freezing tonight and there is rain forecast for tomorrow, so I'm guessing that most of the snow will disappear over the week-end.

I love my birdbath ... in any weather! With snow on it, it makes me think of some delicious confection or dessert. It's a little chilly out to sit at my table and chairs, but in about 3 months, I'm sure I'll be back out there again.

The entrance to my woods makes me think of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

I kept my nephews and little niece for a few days earlier this week while my sister and her husband went on their annual anniversary trip. Of course, the nephews enjoyed the snow. I bought snow sleds for them to use and they sure did use them! It was fun having a little girl around the house again, as my little girls are now pretty much grown up. See you next year!

Have a beautiful day!


Anonymous said...

Lovely! All of it!! I'm sorry you don't like winter, but I'm glad you took pictures of it so we could see. :)

~ A.K. ~

Anonymous said...

My what a cute little girl! :) and I love the picture of the entrance to your woods!

Anne said...

I love snow ~ it makes everything look so peaceful and quiet, highlighting all the amazing details of the world around me that I might otherwise miss. Your woods and garden are so beautiful dressed in their winter finery!

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Ruth, I love this post! You include some enchanting pictures ... especially the entrance to your woods and your little niece! Wishing you a happy and healthy gardening year! P x
PS I am so happy your chickee is okay!