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Enjoying the Outdoors

Saturday, January 09, 2010

My cabin fever got the best of me yesterday and I winterized myself and braved the 17 degree temps. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. After I got outside I decided I liked it and stayed there for about an hour. I walked my 4/5 mile long path through the woods which was fun. It was very quiet except for the occasional chirring of a woodpecker and the wind rustling dead leaves still clinging to their branches. I didn't see any animals but could see their footprints where they had been walking in the snow - deer, dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels. Sometimes I was the first one to use certain parts of the path but usually an animal had beaten me to it. In some areas a lot of animals had congregated so I wondered what the attraction was. Party!! LOL. Every once in a while there was a hole dug in this snow about the size of a large cantaloupe or basketball by some animal digging up some food. I usually see some kind of droppings but yesterday there were none so I assume that they are not finding much to eat. I left some food out for them by the woodpile. They also get into the compost scraps I put in the bin.

The most striking thing about being outside in the winter is how the cardinals look against the dreary landscape. We have a lot of brush on our property so we have a lot of cardinals who live here and they are always at the feeders. Yesterday there was about 20 of them surrounding the feeders. Some birds like chickadees, titmice, and finches will get a seed and leave but the cardinals like to stay. The males spend too much time challenging each other when they should be eating.

I cleaned the snow off the outdoor furniture and the swings and enjoyed swinging for a while. It was a nice day.
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  • SLCB1023
    I love my walks in the woods too. So nice and peaceful and always something to look at... if you know where to look and how to listen. emoticon
    3794 days ago
    Man that is one thing I really miss about Southern Illinois are all the cool birds. In central Illinois we have the most uninteresting birds. I very rarely see cardinals here. But down there they seem like they are everywhere. Also the mockingbirds, I miss southern illinois. Thats nice to you used to cold and went for a walk. Sounded like very calming to go out by yourself.
    3794 days ago
    You sound so much like me.

    I love the outdoors and I love the peaceful walks too.

    I feed my birds every day and the cardinals are of course my favorite especially when there is snow as they are absolutely beautiful.

    Your area where you live would be just what I wish for.

    I love the animals and would love being able to set out and watch them.

    I have so many hummers in the spring and summer and I have lots of squirrels but then again that's about it since I live in town.

    I grew up in the country on a farm and we use to have deer come right up to the living room window once in a while and the beauty of that I sure do miss.

    I loved reading this blog.. It makes me want to escape from here and go somewhere where I can enjoy the outside more HOWEVER lol it's only 1 degree this am so perhaps I need to dream for now and wait for summer... you think? lol

    Have a wonderful day!

    3794 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2010 9:32:29 AM
    sounds like a beautiful walk and a wonderful day enjoying nature.
    3794 days ago
  • JUNEBUG1944
    Gee, you almost make me miss the snow...oh, wait a minute, that's a lie. I don't miss the snow one iota! emoticon
    3795 days ago
    Awww...cardinals. My grandmother passed Oct '08 and she LOVED cardinals. Every time I see or hear of cardinals, it makes me smile :)
    3795 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I think the cardinals look SO pretty in the snow..
    3795 days ago
    Glad you enjoyed your time outside. We had 37 degree high today. Not bad outside, high humidity for here. It's dark already, not quite 5p.
    3795 days ago
  • LLTS01
    There is nothing like a splash of red color when a cardinal sits on the branches outside our windows. I think they are just beautiful. Your surroundings sound calming and serene. I feel like my heart rate lowered just reading your blog.
    3795 days ago
    Sounds like it was nice! Glad you were able to get out and brave the cold so you could enjoy it.

    3795 days ago
    What a nice way to spend time outside walking and swinging. It's good that you can enjoy the winter rather than hibernate.
    3795 days ago
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    Your place sounds great. Would love to see that. I love to see animals in their natural surroundings-very relaxing. Glad to see you are having a good weekend.
    3795 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4720056
    It sounds like a wonderful, peaceful walk. You truly appreciate the beauty of the world around you. It is such hard work for you to live in your home and maintain it, you deserve to enjoy it every chance you get.
    3795 days ago
    That is great that you can have a path to walk through the woods at your convenience and not have to travel to get to it.
    3795 days ago
    Sounds like a beautiful time............glad you were able to go outside....you are made of tougher stock than me.......lol

    3795 days ago

    It sounds wonderful, peaceful. You are a good writer too as I felt like I was right beside you..
    3795 days ago
    You live in an extraordinary place. I'm glad you got to enjoy it yesterday. I can imagine how pretty the cardinals look, such a bright red. I haven't seen any where we are. My DH doesn't like me feeding the birds because it attracts mice. So I throw the seed over the fence to make sure they hang around...it works, hehe.
    3795 days ago
    I love to bird watch! One time a male cardinal landed on my side view mirror. It kept peeking at itself and challenging itself. It was so funny! Finally it flew away.

    emoticon Ann
    3795 days ago
    I envy your environment! OK, except when your internet keeps dying, LOL!!

    3795 days ago
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