I have been watching the weather report, and looking out the window. Every day it says we’re supposed to get snow, and every day we do get snow. But it’s only been a little sprinkling of it, and it doesn’t stick around. Meanwhile, other parts of the country are getting deluged with snow!
Funny thing about Rochester NY. Quite often big snow storms skip us. They either drop the snow to the south or the north, or else run out of snow by the time they reach us. I’m not worried, though. I’m sure we’ll get a big blizzard sooner or later.
|We got some snow pellets last night, but it was all melted by morning.|
There have been other signs of winter. The little Junco birdies have arrived and are visiting our birdie feeder. The local sparrows and finches are dressed in their drab winter feathers. Most of the robins are gone. But there are always a few that stay, and eat the hawthorn berries. The squirrels like hawthorn berries too. My esteemed colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Stephens and I would rather have the birdies eat the hawthorn berries, since the squirrels have plenty of acorns to eat in the neighbors’ yard. So, we are on high alert. The bunnies have been sneaking into the yard at night to eat hawthorn berries from the ground. They left us a pile of "cocoa puffs" in exchange. I guess that's OK.
|The birdies love to hide in this bush.|
|The trees have lost all their leaves now.|
|The sky has been dismal and gray all day.|
When it's clear at night, you can see the constellation Orion rising in the east. In our part of the world, this means winter is coming for sure. It won't be warm again until Orion goes away!
Our ghostwriter, and Dad too, have both been working on getting all their professional continuing education credits all done for the year. (Why do they always wait till November to do this?) Dad has been hiding out in his “man cave” working on these. I'll make sure it's peaceful and quiet in the house. Bark bark bark bark bark! Everybody shut up now! Bark bark bark bark bark! Don’t bother Dad! Bark bark bark bark bark bark!
|Now hear this! Bark bark bark! Be quite! Bark bark bark bark bark!|
|OK snow. Where are you?|
Oh, I almost forgot. Yesterday there were lots of those noisy hover birdies flying around. Here's a picture we took
We did a bit of research and found out these are called Chinook helicopters and they're used to lift and move heavy things and transport troops. The National Guard was practicing flying them. What does this have to do with the arrival of winter? Nothing. I just love to see flying machines.