Friday, April 3, 2020

Snowy Spring Day ~ Kamloops, BC

We are spending our last day of self-quarantine that follows our travels this year, by watching the snow cover our springtime yard.  Keith has worked hard to get the yard all ready for springtime, I’d been looking forward to those warm sunny days with flowers budding to get some new photos of our springtime but noooooo……… we are getting snow instead!!

Snow covered patio
The snow began as tiny dry floating flakes about 7:30am this morning.  Rain/snow had been forecast for the area but that would normally mean snow on much higher elevations.  I think the weatherman may be surprised by this snow, too.

Whootie and Blowfish are inside all winter and come out once the weather improves.  The look on their faces shows that it may have been too early!  Whootie calls out, “whoo whoooo’s idea was this?”

Lunchtime table
The wind has also been blowing so the snow is also on the covered deck!  Most of the cushions were removed when this all began, some just have to ride it out!  This is a great lunchtime spot when the weather is nice……which is not in the forseeable future…. We are waiting!!

Bunny has been waiting for Easter to arrive to hide some eggs for us.  Not only do we have to delay our egg hunt due to isolation times, but poor Bunny needs to go back into hiding.  “I ‘bun’ waiting for the eggs!”, cries Bunny.

Poor Wren
During nicer weather, Wren normally nests in the wishing well but due to unforseen circumstances, she didn’t get the nest made and now poor thing sits frozen to the ground!  She’s calling out “wren is this going to end?”.  Sigh………. wish I could tell her.

The pond pump is still working so has kept the water without ice for those in need of drinks.  We often get visiting birds but today seems to have no traffic at all.  The bistro set is ready for morning coffee visits, the old bike has pots waiting for spring flowers and the bench is waiting for passersby but on this April day it looks like we may have missed a couple of 2020 seasons, spring and summer may never come.

Ichabod and Shirley
Ichabod and his wife Shirley hang out here all summer.  I sure hope I got her name right, she is very shy as you can see, so she won’t confirm her name.  I find it safe to just call her Mrs. Crane.  I think she prefers that anyway.  Ichabod is looking skyward trying to decide if they should take flight.  I heard him whisper to her “surely, we don’t have to live like this” or was it “Shirley, we don’t have to live like this”?

Penn and Gwen
So then I come back inside and what do I see but Penn and Gwen standing at the door waiting to get out!  They’ve seen Maggie do this a zillion times and it works for her, the door opens.  Penn and Gwen are looking for their friends, the ‘penquins’.  They don’t realize there are no others in the neighborhood, in spite of this weather and I sure don't want to be the one to tell them, it would break their hearts.

Sully on arrival then snowy spring day
Poor Sully was pretty upset that he was forgotten on the first publication of our yard family.  He's been Sull-king for days so I thought best to fix that problem and eliminate family squabbles.


Now Maggie does know how to spend her winter days.  Get your business done before the snow comes and relax and enjoy the rest of your day.  I guess this is the lesson we shall all have to abide by, Maggie’s lesson.  Relax and enjoy the rest of your day!

As you can tell, Keith and I have done well during our self-quarantine time……. normal people……….all alone…… still sane and healthy!  LOL  Do not worry about us, everyone out there is in self-isolation, too, which we begin tomorrow.  So much more freedom…not….. but at least we know we won't go craaaazy if we can go out.  Too late??  LOL   

On a serious note, if we maintain the isolation time, we will all be back to norm soon, we sure hope!

Stay healthy, well and safe everyone!  Keep your distance from the CoVid-19,