Thursday, January 03, 2008

Well, it's 2008

And the holidays were good. What is a little less good is that they're over now, but waddaya gonna do. At least the weather is glorious. A tad frigid at -15 or so, but because of that the sun is shining and the sky is blue.

As of December 31, Montreal had recieved 150 cm of snow (not counting New Years day's 17 cm), as opposed to the 50 cm of snow we usually have at this time of year. And this concludes our weather report except...

Seeing as unlike Pop and Geewits I don't live in sunny climes, they had a couple of special requests:

Pop wanted a snowman

Geewits wanted "cottage in winter pics"

So, without further ado, here is my first picture post (of my very own, 21st century digital pics - how proud are y'all of me? This opens whole new - and for you possible frightening - horizons)

The "SnowPop" - what you can't really see is the tears behind his beady yellow eyes. It was raining and a half hour after I got him up, he collapsed. Poor dear. But at least the snow was wet enough to actually make a snowman.

For Geewits:

The drive in...

Ze cottage and the miraculous disappearing staircase up to it. The staircase, it was gone. Disappeared. Unseeable. Unknowable. Sorta like God I suppose.

The view from the balcony

Mr. Jazz shoveling snow off the roof. I did climb up and help, yes I did. I have no problem with going up. It's turning my ass around and stepping back onto the ladder that freaks me right out. So I just jumped off the roof with al the snow we shoveled off, there was only about 4 feet between the roof and the top of the snowbank.

And some of the lovely birdies:

A male Pine Grosbeak

More of them stuffing their faces

A Blue Jay

By the way, the expression "to eat like a bird" is really not accurate. I go through 40 lbs of seed every three weeks, and I'm only there weekends. The things just never ever stop...


geewits said...

I'm so proud of you! You posted pictures from your very own digital camera! Welcome to the 21st century. It's all so beautiful. Do you have a fireplace there? What a perfect place to spend the holidays. And welcome back, YAY!

A Happy Downtowner said...

Lovely pics Jazz and an even lovelier snowman, didn't know you could build them ;)

Love your magical place. Was red not around then? I'll have to make my way there in the winter.

Welcome back. I missed reading your posts.

furiousBall said...

Happy New Year - nice shots of the birdies!

Gnightgirl said...

Fun pix; keep 'em coming!

Jazz said...

Geewits - Yep, there is a fireplace. I'll try to remember to be all 21st century and take a pic with an 18th century fire burning in it. Beauty, they say is in the eye of the beholder. Besides the birdy beauty, I see pretty much white and dead.

HapDow - Red! damn squirrel is always there. He thinks it's his duty to help out the birds in eating sunflower seeds and peanuts. Aren't squirrels supposed to hibernate or something. As for the snowman - Hell, I didn't know I still knew how to make the damn things either.

Furiousball - Thanks and Happy New Year to you too.

Gnightgirl - My problem is remembering how to be all 21st century an' shit.

Ian Lidster said...

So happy you're back, cherie. Greaet bird pics. When you come out here I'll take you up Mt. Washington and you can feed the 'whiskeyjacks' (gray jays) right from your hand. Otherwise, the cottage looks very cozy in the snow.

ticknart said...

So, did you get the stairs cleared, or is there another way in?

Also, did the septic system get fixed? Did I miss that post?

pissed off patricia said...

Oh Wow! I love my snowman. He's just what I wanted. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love his little frozen heart. You are wonderful.

Jazz said...

Ian - I love feeding birds from my hand... I do it with the chickadees at the cottage and did it in Australia with wild parrots. They gray jays are definitely on my list.

Tick - the stairs have indeed been cleared. It took forever, we have no idea where to throw the snow anymore... As for the septic system, it seems to have fixed itself. We'll still have to change it no doubt, but at least we have time to get it done right.

Pop - (Blush)

Em said...

Love the photos!!!

CS said...

Beautiful. I don't know why climbing back down is so much scarier, but it is. I lcimbed on eof those Mayan pyramid-y things in Mexico without a second thought, but made my way back down on my rear.

Pj said...

I was wondering what those yellow things are that you used for eyes. Candy? I can't figure it out. Great photos and cottage, btw! Sheesh! What a mess of snow! And is that a view of a snow-covered lake or field?

Jazz said...

Em - Thanks

CS - I'm glad I'm not the only one. I feel like less of an idiot.

PJ - The eyes are those yellow "screeny" things you have on hummingbird feeders. The nose comes from Mr. PotatoHead.