GODERICH’S ROTARY COVE TODAY
With winter storm warnings for our area this morning we had to keep a close eye on the weather. The warning stated.....'Snow squalls are expected to develop. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate'. Kelly had an appointment in Goderich this morning at 10:30.
BIG WAVES BREAKING OVER BAYFIELD’S PIER AGAIN THIS MORNING
DESPITE A HEAVY CLOUD COVER AND INTERMITTENT SNOW SQUALLS WE DID SEE SOME RANDOM PATCHES OF BLUE SKY
DUCKS BOBBING ON THE BAYFIELD RIVER’S CHOPPY WATERS
CLEAR ONE MINUTE AND SNOW SQUALLS THE NEXT
Pheebs and I slipped out shortly before 9 on a recon mission to check visibility and road conditions. Wandered into Bayfield and stopped around the cemetery where it’s always a quiet area for Pheebs to get out for a run. Aside from a few heavy snow streamers coming in off the lake I didn’t figure we’d have any problems making it to Goderich later. And we didn’t.
ALWAYS PEACEFUL HERE IN THE BAYFIELD CEMETERY
BLOWING SNOW ALONG BAYFIELD’S STREETS AND MAIN STREET BELOW
So it was back home we went, picked up Kelly and headed for Goderich. With Miss Kelly in the back seat Miss Pheebs in the front seat that kinda made 2 Jeep rides for Pheebs this morning which made her a very happy little doggy. Roads to Goderich weren’t too bad but I had the Jeep in 4 wheel drive anyway which ensures no slipping or sliding especially going up a few steeper hills along the way.
BLOWING SNOW ON PORTER’S HILL LINE AS WE HEAD FOR GODERICH
‘THANKS FOR LETTING ME SIT IN THE FRONT SEAT AGAIN MOM’
Kelly’s appointment over we slipped down around the harbor where wind driven snow whipped up lake waters driving waves ashore. Saw a lot of driftwood washed up on the beach.
A NEW CROP OF DRIFTWOOD LITTERS ROTARY COVE’S BEACH
Stopped at Wendys for two burgs with free coffee for a total of four dollars. With nowadays prices so high everywhere I thought that was reasonably fair. Burgs were smaller of course and can be found on Wendy’s ‘Value-Menu.
D’YA SUPPOSE THIS FELLA HAS HIS SNOW TIRES ON
HERE COMES THE BURGS AND COFFEE
Some may wonder why it is always Kelly going in and bringing back the eats and drinks and not me. At our house Kelly is the big food Boss and insists she go in and do the ordering. I would be fine with going through the drive-thru but Kelly doesn’t care for doing that. I think she likes to go in and read the menus plus I’m sure she is afraid of sending me in for a coffee and burgs all by myself and have me come back out with a straws and napkins. Remember, she’s the big food Boss!! Well I have a Boss title too gol-darn it!! I am ‘the big Boss of Nothing’………………
Instead of me doing the swearing lately it has been the Squirrels. As I sit here with a big smirk on my face I can tell you the Squirrels have not figured out yet how to get atop our bird feeding station since I moved it a few days ago. I will continue to smirk until at some point I look out the window and am forced to wipe that smirk off my face and do some swearing again. Until then the score remains at Al 3 and the Squirrels 2. I do enjoy the Squirrels though. There are two of them in our front yard and their clownish antics provide no end of entertainment.
‘HMMMMM, WONDER WHAT THAT GOOFY SQUIRREL IS EATING OVER THERE’
BLUE JAYS CONVENTION RALLY
THIS LITTLE GOLDFINCH DRINKS FROM OUR FRONT YARD POND THROUGH A HOLE IN THE SNOW…..THE POND IS KEPT FROM FREEZING OVER BY AN UNDERWATER PUMP
BLACK EYED JUNCOS ON OUR BIRD FEEDING STATION DISCUSSING WHO IS GOING TO GO TO THE DOOR TO LET THE HOMEOWNER KNOW THEY ARE OUT OF SEEDS
I WASN’T QUITE QUICK ENOUGH TO CATCH ALL OF THAT LITTLE FELLOW EXITING ON THE RIGHT
THIS LITTLE JUNCO IS COMING IN FOR A SNOWY LANDING
HEY WHAT’S THIS LITTLE DOWNY WOODPECKER DOING ON THE GOLDFINCH FEEDER
Over our RVing years we have spent a number of American Thanksgivings in various southwest places and in a post last year I briefly touched on those places. Past Thanksgiving Days In The Great American Southwest
We are sure caught in the grip of an Arctic cold front at the moment with temperatures outside sitting at 19F. But here’s the good side, weather people are calling for 43F both Saturday and Sunday. (Bermuda shorts weather I’d say) Of course that won’t last long and it will be freezer city again. I absolutely hate this winter weather and always have. I have never been a ‘winter person’. Hey, it’s only 29 weeks to summer when I can once again begin complaining about the humidity.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( At the Sunday morning church service, the minister asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers. A lady stood and walked to the podium. She said, "I have a Praise. Two months ago my husband Tom had a terrible bicycle crash and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was terrible and the doctors didn't know if they could help him. "You could hear a muffled gasp from all the men in the congregation as they imagined the pain that poor Tom must have experienced. "Tom was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every movement caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a very delicate operation which lasted for over five hours and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Tom's scrotum and wrap wire around it to hold it in place. "Again the men in the congregation were unnerved and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery that was performed on Tom. "Now," she announced in a quavering voice, "thank the Lord, after six weeks, Tom is now out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time his scrotum should recover completely. "All the men sighed with relief. The minister rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say. A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium. He said, "I'm Tom."The entire congregation held its breath. "I just want to tell my wife that the word is sternum."
The graduate with a science degree asks, 'Why does it work?' The graduate with an engineering degree asks, 'How does it work?' The graduate with an accounting degree asks, 'How much will it cost?' The graduate with a liberal arts degree asks, 'Do you want fries with that?'
Nice blog Al...glad you are feeling better these days, in spite of the berry weather. Go find those Bermuda shorts now...:-)ReplyDelete
It's nice to see the whole Bayfield clan and critters out and about on a very cold snowy day. I can really feel the wind in your pictures today. Glad to see you are winning against the black squirrels. Loved the "birds in flight" photos. What acrobats they are. Enjoyed your descriptions of the roads and driving conditions. It will be interesting to see how everything changes with your warming trend this weekend.ReplyDelete
Loved your post tonight and all of the photos were absolutely wonderful, especially Miss Pheebs looking at her Mom in the backseat.ReplyDelete
Keep warm and safe out there, Al and Kelly. Lovely photos. I especially like the one with the bird houses. Looks like a Christmas card .ReplyDelete
Like you I absolutely hate the winter and cold, You have had a lots of very nice winter travels to the southwest and various different Thanksgivings. We ar still enjoying the warmer weather and so far no snow.ReplyDelete
Brrrr...that looks very, very wintry. I am wondering how you feel about staying home this winter. You always despised that winter weather. Now you've got it full force. I wouldn't want to walk that Pier with the waves crashing against it. Stay warm in your cozy house.ReplyDelete
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your snow photos and bird photos! Of course...that is...I LOVE looking AT the snow (don't want to be in it!) Ha, ha!ReplyDelete
Well, in our family, Mike won't go through a drive thru--he doesn't like to make a decision that fast. I usually go in and order our stuff--he rarely does. Long ago when Mike's dad Nat lived in northwestern Montana he too fought the squirrels--really just one squirrel. Nat devised all sorts of squirrel deterrents and in the end he won. It made Nat sad to see the little squirrel trying to figure out how to get back on the bird feeder.ReplyDelete
I've never experienced a real winter so of course I think they're wonderful! Love all your photos of the white fluffiness. The waves are amazing! The snow on the little birdhouses looks like a Christmas card. I did wonder why you never go through the drive through with Kelly. She must really like to go inside to brave that nasty weather!!ReplyDelete
I always loved going to Lake Michigan on days like that, Al. Birdie photos are outstanding, especially the juncos. I’ve been looking forward to see your photos of the snow. Love them!ReplyDelete
Glad you are on top of the squirrel battle! I'm finding that a wheelchair doesn't make for enjoying winter as much as in the past.ReplyDelete