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Snow of Saturn

When did the Weather people start naming the winter storms?  We had Q (literally) and now Saturn… what were the others? Did I miss the memo?
Anyway, here we are in March already and Northern Illinois woke up to more snow this morning! I know we need the moisture but I’d love to see some spring daffodils instead. I’ve got the itch to start my new garden!
And from the amount of birds I have at my feeders today, I’d say they are ready for spring too!

grumpy goldfinch ready for spring!

 

goldfinches, cardinal & song sparrow

 

male cardinal

 

titmouse

 

female cardinal

 

assorted finches (yes, cardinals are a finch)

 

cold dove

 

cardinal

 

Four Legged Bird…..

I’ve been listening to all the hype about Winter Storm “Q” for about two days now and that by the time it reached my area, there would be at least 6 – 8 inches of snow.
Well it was just starting to snow when I went to bed last night, so when I woke up this morning I looked out my window to see how much we had gotten… this is what I saw.

Only one deer hoof deep…..

Hot Hibiscus

Unlike me, my hibiscus is just loving this hot weather!

While we’re at it, here’s a few more heat loving blooms from my garden…..

black eyed susans

Mandevilla vine

blackberry lily

gazania daisy
 Midwest-land in the dead of winter…burr!

If this heat keeps up, this is going to start looking good–>
and this Hawaiian ain’t very fond of snow….

Heaven and Earth

Coming Home from Oregon

Parting

Death gathers up thick clouds of gloom,
And wounds the soul with anguish deep;
Gaunt sorrow sits upon the tomb,
And round the grave dense shadows creep.
But Faith beams down from God’s fair skies
And bids the clouds and shades be gone.
We gaze with brightened, tear-dried eyes,
And lo! there stands the Holy One!
~
(An excerpt, from Poems, Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1950. Written for the funeral of Brigham Young, Sept. 2, 1877.)

Hunkered Down for the Storm

Today was my day off, so I was happily holed up my my house, catching up on some neglected things (like my Blog) thankful that I didn’t have to drive in the snowstorm.
Then the phone rings. Okay, no big deal, a few people know I have the day off.  I answer.
“Hi Mom!” my son Eddie says cheerfully. “Guess what? I’m in a ditch!”
Okay~ I ask if he’s okay. He says he’s not hurt, he just slid off the road on his way to work and his truck is fine (little S10 Chevy), no damage, he’s just stuck. Not to worry though, he’s already called the tow truck and it’s on it’s way.
Okay good. I tell him to call me back when he gets out. We hang up. A couple of minutes later the phone rings again…. “Hey Mom, Guess what? I locked my keys in the truck and you have the only spare! Can you bring them to me?”
Sigh… So much for not going out today.
He went off the road across from the Illinois River Lock and Dam Visitors Center. I grabbed my camera on the way out thinking I might as well get a few shots of the river while I’m there.
The roads were a mess, it was slow going, but I saved the day (again) and made it in one piece.
By the time I got there, the tow truck had pulled him out and was long gone. One of the people who worked at the Visitor Center was kind enough to let Eddie sit with him in his car until I got there~ Yes, there are still good people out there! Thank you Bob!

The snow was really coming down now. The Geese above were hunkered down for the night, heads tucked down against the snow. The looked quite comfortable.

And the other side of the river was barely visible.

 I snapped my pictures and then we drove slowly home.