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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Warmest house on the block


Wind blown sparrows
Yesterday the wind blew rain and sleet all day. I filled the bird feeders twice. Last night the power went off about 9 so I went to bed with the wind rocking me like a cradle, no more aggressive than that. Under the covers I was warm yet I thought about my new neighbor and Berta next door being without electricity and therefore heat and cooking. It was blowing so fiercely I couldn’t even open the door let alone thinking of going outside anywhere.

Good morning winter
I woke up this morning about 6 and it was very cold in the house, still no power. So I got up and lit the oven and jumped back into my warm bed for about another hour. I know the stories of heating an RV with propane burning up all the oxygen, but trust me, this old rig has lots of air leaks, and thus why it’s so cold. Thank goodness for full propane tanks.

Hungry sparrows this morning
I got up to make coffee and still no power so I went out to the camper for the stove top espresso pot and couldn’t find it. Then I remembered I had some instant coffee. Also stopped to tell my neighbor I have a warm house with coffee in the works and he followed me over. Berta came over later a shivering and I stood her over the warm oven to thaw while making her hot water for cocoa/coffee.

Morning doves
Power came back on about 11am and everybody left. Well the people left.

Sparrows and Gambel Quail
I had to broadcast seed for the birds and fill the bowls with warm water. When it gets cold I am always amazed at how all the different birds hang out together to eat.

Two female cardinals and house finch
Saw a new visitor today, one house finch.

Scrub jay
Excuse me, have to go out and fill the bird feeders again.

20 comments:

Quiet Paths said...

Loved this post. What a great neighbor you are to come to their aid on a very cold morning. Great bird shots!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Ha! Birds are opportunists, aren't they?! They know a friendly feeder when they see one. Sounds like you had a "rockin'" night, Gaelyn. How like you to offer hot coffee to friends on a frigid-powery-out morning! brrrrr.......!

Natural Moments said...

I love it when there is fresh snow and i can see all the little bird prints where ever I go. That freshness is a great feeling.

Craver Vii said...

You're a good neighbor. Your kindness had a warming effect on us, as well.

Carol said...

I prefer gas stoves for that reason. Even though I live in FL. We have so many power outages with hurricanes or just bad storms...I can still fix a meal or stay warm.

www.alwayslingerawhile.blogspot.com

Diane AZ said...

What a nice neighbor you are! That's quite a gathering at the feeders and I like the bird shadows on the snow.

jeannette stgermain said...

Yes, that was unexpected!
When I emailed my daughter that it was raining and cold in South. CA, she responded to me with snow pics in Sac. Can't remember when it has showed there...long time ago!!
Hope you are warm enough in the RV -not only in the morning:)

Ruth said...

I have heard how cold it is south of here. We haven't had enough snow to cover the ground yet but that is supposed to change overnight. Like all your birds.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Your a good egg for inviting your neighbor in for a little warmth and for feeding the birds.

Martha Z said...

I remember how glad we were for the pop-up trailer after the Northridge earthquake.
I'm keeping the feeders full, the birds need all the energy they can get in this cold weather. I think you got more snow than we did. The quail feed on the seed thrown out by the finces and today a Cooper's hawk fed on one of the quail. That's nature but since he brought his supper to the fence it is also a great photo.

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

Sounds like you are in good company. Glad you could help your friends out with a bit of warmth, and the birdies as well. Nice snow. I am too far south for much snow, only on occasion usually in March.

dowhatyoulove said...

Sounds like a lovely get together in your cozy home!! It looks like you are a hot spot for the birds now, I bet they appreciate it in the snow! If I throw feed on the ground here, the chickens come and gobble it up before the wild birds can get to it. The chickens will actually stand under the feeders, and wait for the wildbirds to discard seeds that dont meet their approval.

Firefly said...

Jislaaik, but it sounds cold. I am sure the birds just love you for providing them seeds when they can't find it for themselves.

Elaine said...

A snowfall always brings the birds to the feeders. Hope you have warmed up. We've been watching as that storm sweeps across the country and it's hit everyplace in its path hard.

Small City Scenes said...

Thank god for propane, eh. We have been have extreme (for us) cold weather--so glad the power has stayed on.
Speaking of birds: it is funny how we all can get along when there is a crisis. Humans should take note. MB

Jo said...

You're a wonderful neighbour, Gaelyn, even neigbourly to the birds. Warm (((hugs))) Jo

Arija said...

Ah, for the adventurous life. The last couple of days we too have had poweroutages, so blogging was on hold. Although we are in summer, our weather after the massive heatwave is unseasonably cold and we have lately had some good rains...so much for global wrming.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Neat capture of all the birds. We have gust of wind in the 50's MPH and temps around freezing tonight.

Eve said...

For some reason, since out last move, we haven't seen many birds - no one had come by our feeder in a couple months! But early this week we had a storm, much like the one you described. The wind blew the feeder for hours and dumped all of the seed onto the ground below, as well as dumping a load of it about ten feet away.
And the birds came by the dozens! It was like a giant bird ball! They were everywhere!!!
I've never thought about putting out warm water for the birds. I wonder if they would find it before it freezes? ;)

We finally went out and filled our large propane tank - until this week, we'd just been using space heaters.

ramblingwoods said...

It's been a challenge..fill the ground feeders..then clean the snow out and fill them again..You have lucky birds...

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