Snow, It Begins!

 

I woke up late this morning for me at 7:10 am, I looked out the window to see how this blizzard was doing. Well it had just started to snow. There was just starting to be a light covering. This was after the rain that had started falling around 4:00 am. My son, Nickย  was up at that time so he told me about it. David also said it was still raining at 5:00 am when he got up to use the facilities then returned to bed.

I was thinking maybe this storm is not going to live up to all the hype at this time. Boy oh Boy what a difference an hour makes. The snow was coming down now. The fog had rolled in too. I could just make out the row of trees at the far end of Mann field. I decided to take the broom and sweep off the back landing just to see how bad the ice build up was under the snow. It was about a quarter-inch like the weather man said it would be. The snow was also only about a quarter of inch at this time.

Well by 8:50 am the storm was now in full swing. I opened the side door to take this photo. I think I will take hourly photos and post the whole storm tomorrow. That is if the power doesn’t go out.

Sully Saturdays # 20

December 2018 and January 2019

Well here it is February all ready. I know Mom was supposed to post for me on the last Saturday of each month, but December and January were busy for her around those times of the month. Also I really have not been doing much myself. Just a lot of napping, eating, sleeping, eating, napping, eating, well you get the picture.

I have on occasion asked Mom to go outside. Most of the time it is too cold or too windy. There have been a few odd nice days here and there. So Mom will put my jacket on, this is my fully cloth harness for late fall, and take me out. She will clip my leash to the deck stairs while she goes to the shed to take care of Milly. That only takes a few minutes and I am usually ready to go back in myself when she is done.

The reason is because all the grass and my catnip are all brown, dry or covered in leaves. I do sniff around in the leaf piles around the deck. That is about the only thing to do other than sniff the breeze. The ground is cold on my feet too. Most of the area around the deck is in the shadow of Bob the RV, so the ground stays frozen and cold.

One day I was pretty insistent about going outside Mom said, “Ok, but there is snow everywhere.” She put my jacket on and opened the door. She was not kidding that there was snow everywhere. There was about an inch covering everything. I was going to change my mind but Mom nudged me out the door. I stepped close to the wall outside where the snow was starting to melt. I was thinking about jumping from the deck to the ground by the steps but didn’t. My hips probably would not like the landing part. So I went ahead and walked down the snow-covered steps to the snow-covered ground. Mom went on to the shed to take care of Milly. When she came back I was already back on the deck waiting to get in the front door. Brrrr, my feet were freezing. I was glad to be back inside. It reminded me of when I was a kitten living in the hotel courtyard in winter, before I came to live with Mom.

The only other thing I have been doing is helping Mom with her crocheting.

This group of photos is from late December.

I was helping Mom with a photo shoot for her granny squares afghan she has been working on.

 

This group is from January 20th.

Mom had finally finished the squares afghan.

She laid it out on her bed so that I could do my final inspection and comfy test.

 

I helped with the final measurements after Mom had crocheted the border/edging on the afghan.

 

So there you have it. The last two months were just pretty much the same old same old. Mom may not do another post for me until the end of March. Seeing as we did this one in early February and it is such a short month.

So until next time, stop and smell the catnip!

 

Another Flying Visitor

This One Likes to Flutterby the Cosmos

 

I large orange and black butterfly has been making visits to the cosmos. The first time I saw it I had just gotten out of the truck after coming home from town. It was fluttering around my head then flew off into the sky. I saw it again a couple of mornings later it was making its way over to the flowers around the deck, but I did not have my camera with me that day either.

The next day when I went out to water I made sure to have my camera with me so I could get a picture of it . Well I finally got a few shots of the butterfly on the flowers. It seemed to prefer the cosmos as a landing platform. I got two nice clear photos and two a bit blurry photos. I never was able to get an open wing shot though. As soon as it would land it closed up its wings. The butterfly had a stalker too. A bumble bee kept following it from flower to flower. They kept trying to push each other around. It made me chuckle.

 

I took to the internets to identify the butterfly. I was pretty sure it was a monarch,but wanted to make sure. I was correct and it was female.
Maybe next year my milkweed plants from the library will be established for other monarchs visiting my flower gardens. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Petunias Have a Frequent Flyer Visitor

 

A humming bird moth has been coming in the mornings and early evenings for about the last week.

I did not even try to get a still photo of him this day(September 12, 2018). He was just too busy tasting every flower in site. So I got this just over a minute video. You see him best at the end when he is flittering around in the left corner of the frame.

 

 

A few days later I was able to get a still of him. I was a bit more patient and he was taking a little longer to taste each flower.