Sunday, 23 November 2014

Frog pond is frozen - Daisy ventures out

Trees are heavily laden.
After some cold days and nights, Lake Effect Snow (only about 20cm/4"), I brushed off the trees since we are expecting some above zero double-digit temperatures this week. The wet snow is very heavy.

Daisy and I wandered down to check on the rats.

No signs of Milly, Molly and Mick Rat . The ice had a couple of holes in it. Red tells me they keep air holes in it. I'll be happy to keep checking. It's good motivation to talk a nice walk down across the meadow, over to the pond. This section, where I videotaped Mick feeding, is very liquidy.

The meadow looks beautiful
-all the grass is covered.
It is a place of sanctuary.
Here is another deer bed
Here is where one Bambi had a nap!
Wednesday's fresh snow

Daisy ventures out (Of course, she does!)

She looks around as if surprised at the ice!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

♪♫♩Who is at my window, who?

One of my favourite pieces to sing with a choir. YouTube video music here:
♪♫♩ "Who is at my window, who?" by Welford Russell

Forgot about this photo!
Taken with the videocam
We love the new picture window in the kitchen! When hubby does his dishes, he can gaze out into the forest.  Bambi appeared again. A different one, methinks.
Daisy, too, was enthralled! What are Mommy and Daddy doing at the window???
She was keen to look, as well. I removed the screen to allow for better photos!

Daisy had to check it out.
CC #346

Friday, 21 November 2014

What a glorious day!

We had a busy day: hubby lined up for snow tires on at 7:30 a.m., I posted my daily blog!
He bought me a 3-prong cord for the snowblower. I realized I'd used all of our 3-prongs already.
I did the driveway of a measly 20cm of snow. We cannot compare to the several feet of snow in Muskoka, never mind the 8' in Buffalo. I complain not! The skies were so blue afterwards!

Next, into town for a nice lunch. I haven't been 'out' for weeks, what with my horrible flu bout. Then, the drug store. While were were there, I noticed people lining up for a flu shot. What the heck. We had our shots!
My friend, Susan's, house. She's in Novar, Central Ontario. Not as much as Buffalo, but it's pretty bad Lake Effect Snow all around the Great Lakes!

I had fun, asking hubby to drive me to Rideau Ferry. Hanging out of the passenger window, with the videocam out the window, another drive-by shooting! What fun!
Both the camera, the videocam is automatic.

Nov. 20/14

Thursday, 20 November 2014

It was a sad, sad day... kee shried, kee shried!

Daisy registers displeasure
Daddy assures her: 'Crunchies all gone!'
NO! she cries! She looks so sad.
Do you remember that messing up of fairy tales? Kee shried!
Anyone remember the context? I have forgotten.
Some comedian.
Anyway, she cried!
No more crunchies in the bucket. It was a horrible day.
It gets worse...
She had to check
We've had snow and she's forgotten how she loved playing in snow.
My faithful readers will remember. She loved the snow. It's been really cold very suddenly. The cats keep going to a door and begging to go out. We open that door, they shake their heads, and back away from the cold.
They try another door a few minutes later. No way. They keep hoping that THAT door will have a warm clime! (This will change as they get adjusted!)

It's too cold!
Still, she was so sad that the crunchies were all gone. We had a lot of canned food, but that wasn't any good. The rule is: one bowl of crunchies, one bowl of wet food. This is the way it has to be.

Happily, Daddy came back with crunchies for them all. He'd gone into town early, the vet clinic opens at 8:00 a.m., and he saved the day. He had helpers to pour the dry cat food into the bucket.
Sady was there, too. She's the reason we need the expensive hypoallergenic food. If she eats regular cat food she'll throw up.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Bambi is back!

Not a great photo, through the screen, out the kitchen window. I took off the screen afterwards!

What causes Lake Effect Snow: Muskoka, Barrie

It's hard finding out the snow totals.
13 cm in Sault Ste. Marie & 15 cm in Wiarton yesterday. Not bad compared to NY as we have a lack of observation sites.

Friends estimate 30+ cm in areas east of Georgian Bay. Lake of Bays has 33cm or 13" from Sunday to today.

It is the water cycle, really. It is exacerbated by the cold winter winds from the north crossing the warmer Great Lakes. The water has temperature inertia, and stays at a warmer temperature until winter sets in.
I had some fun making a graphic using a 2009 photo of Lake Superior. We had a big trip to Lake Superior and Lake Superior Park, in June, 2009.

It seems to be quite frequent in December, and it is. The winds blowing across warm, open Great Lakes water. By late winter more of the Great Lakes are frozen and less moisture is picked up.

This is a photo from our trip to Lake Superior Park.
This is how Lake Effect snow is created

Monday/Tuesday in Muskoka

Two photos from my friends.  Firstly, Jacqueline in Huntsville. And then from Erica, in Bala, Ontario. The buses were cancelled and there were white outs everywhere. There were many car incidents and peeps were asked to stay off of the roads. Some did not listen.
12:48 AM EST Wednesday 19 November 2014Snow squall ... Snowfall rates associated with this band are 5 to 10 centimetres per hour.

Erica's patio furniture!

Jacqueline's car, a little under the weather.

Snow squalls and winds

Barrie is bad, too

BREAKING: OPP have closed Hwy. 400 NB due to a serious collision. The highway is expected to be closed for 4-6 hours.

OPP are asking motorists to stay off the roads due to the weather conditions.

Georgian Bay current conditions

Gale warnings are in effect, as well as an ice warning. Tuesday, the air temperature was -1˚  C. and
Georgian Bay is 8˚  C., generating surface friction and the massive amount of moisture picked up by the winds.

Snow squalls, cold winds, lots of blowing snow
You can watch the animated surface currents of the Great Lakes. This is really interesting!
animated surface currents
Nov. 18th, 2014

Batchawana Bay, on Lake Superior
the winds drive the moisture
June 2009

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Serendipity... looking for Mike Muskrat I found an owl!

It's been snowing all day for two days
Hard to believe: Nov. 11th
Green grass!
Red was right.
In a previous post's comment he wrote:
"By watching your muskrat you will 
learn many other things. You have to wait and while waiting other things happen."
We tiptoed down to the pond, Daisy was a hoot. 'Scuse the pun.

She loves following me in the forest. I wasn't sure she was even outdoors, but she heard me. She ran down the path, not wanting to miss anything.
The branches droop,
weighted down by wet snow.
Daisy on the path
Muskrats are sleeping!

Lots of snow on the shelters, the ice melted some.

There was an owl, on a branch.

It peered over its shoulder to look at us
Then moved to peer at Daisy!

The owl, facing away from us, was watching for mice friends in the forest.
I watched Daisy, owl disappeared. I turned my head and the owl was gone. Silently.
I was disappointed.

I looked more carefully, and it had moved to a better vantage point– directly across the pond from us.  Daisy'd climbed a tree, and the owl was watching her play on the branch.

The owl flew around for a better look.

We went back up to the house and watched the smaller, safer birds!
Ready, set, go!
She's getting used to winter, again!

Grass pokes through the snow
The yard is now covered

Mourning doves sit mournfully in the trees
watching the feeder
Here is my video of the owl. It was beautiful!

Barred owl from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Daisy cat and I went down to see the muskrats. Instead I spotted a Barred owl. I could only see its butt, then it flew around to stare intently at Daisy, who had climbed a tree. I decided to bring Daisy back up to the house!