Thursday, January 15, 2009

What's happening at the log cabin!

When Greg drove up last night (he had to go back downstate for work for a few days), the temperature on his dashboard read -18 degrees! Isn't that crazy? Kind of difficult to go skiing and snowshoeing in this weather. We are hoping it gets into the positive digits so we can get outside more. Right now it is -4. So we are running errands - need to pick up some weather stripping to make the cabin doors more snug, grocery shopping (I'm in a baking & cooking mood) and looking for some nature photography opportunities.

Below is a photo I took on the way back from the store last night. This is the City of Waters small little downtown - I think it is so quaint!

Check out those snow drifts by our log cabin!

Black squirrel trying to stay warm!

See those little squares out on that frozen lake? Those are some die hard ice fisherman! I dedicate this to Denise & Bill at Vintage Log Cabin - they like to ice fish.

Lots of birdy action at our feeders. The Hairy Woodpecker is on the left and the Downy Woodpecker on the right.

Tufted Titmouse giving me the "cold" shoulder!

Marvin is sleepy on cold days like this. Gosh - do you think I feed him too much?!

I know you want to scratch his cheeks! Here, I'll do it. Good kitty!


Anonymous said...

I love all your photos. Make me wish we had some of you all snow!

Brandi said...

Thanks for the pictures. We rarely get snow and when we do, we have to enjoy it fast because it is usually all gone within 24 hours.

April said...


I hope you realize that I'm living vicariously through you! Your pictures look like something out of National Geographic! Just beautiful, I tell ya! Thank you so much for sharing your pics with us! By the way, I think my dachshund could give your cat a run for it's money in the "weight" department...we call her Fatty Maddie...wonder why???

ctlogcabin said...

Shelley ~~ Beautiful winter pictures, I think all your pics would make great cards. Let me know if you find any place that will make them up cheap.
I have loads of pictures that I would like to make into cards. I tried to do them on my printer and it just eats up the ink..and to bring them anywhere cost lots.
Keep Warm ~~ Hugs Connie xox

George said...

I think Marvin has the best idea of what to do when the temperature is that low! Your pictures were beautiful, however.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Shelley---And to think, I was complaining about it being 10 degrees here this morning and only 17 right now. That's cold for US--but nothing like northern Michigan. Brrrrrr.

Glad you are all snug and warm in the log cabin. Looks like Marvin has a hard time relaxing... Too Cute!!!

Carol said...

Your pictures are awesome of the birds & snow! You're going to laugh when you see my snow pictures on tomorrow's post. Promise not to laugh too hard! :)
Enjoy baking & cooking!

Shellmo said...

Sarah - thank you! The snow is nice - the -18 degrees is not! lol!

Brandi - I'll send you some of mine!

April - I hope I get to share some good sun and lake photos with you this spring & summer!

Connie - I have been searching for places so I can make notecards out of them since my family members have requested them. I'll let you know what I find.

George - that cat thinks he's in Florida! ha,ha

Betsy - 17 degrees sounds pretty good to me right now!!

Carol - looking forward to your post tomorrow!

reliv4life said...

I really hate when it is so cold it hurts to be outside! It is warm here, like 45 today!! weird weather. Warmest January I remember since moving here 10 years ago.
stay warm, Marvin has the right idea!!

Cedar ... said...

Middy said to tell Marvin that he's got the right idea. I got home from work today at barely 7° and she was sleeping soundly on my bed. Cat's are very smart! Nice wildlife shots today,...

Shellmo said...

MIchele - please send some of your warm weather! :)

Cedar - Marvin says to say hello to Middy and that he'll be sleeping on the bed next!

Judy said...

You could take pictures all day and I for one, would be thrilled to look at them. Your wintery log cabin world is so much fun for me to step into. Thank you for sharing pictures of the cabin, the snow and nature at it's finest.

Constance said...

We're having (for Texas) a cold fornt blow through. After -24 in West Yellowstone all I can think of when I see my fellow Texans is,
"What A Bunch Of Babies!"

Anyway, there is White Chicken Chil with Cheesy Garlic Bread for dinner and I'm starting a fire in a couple of minutes. I'm going to bake up some of those fabulous Ghiradelli triple fudge brownies to have later! Yummy!

I posted all about our dog sled adventure, hope you can stop by. I'll save you a brownie! Tee Hee!

grammy said...

I had fun catching up on the cabin life. I forgot about that pine cone bird feeder. It would be a perfect project for me and the granddaughters.

Dawnie said...

those ice fisherman may have frozen to the lake and you may not see them guys until March! We are at about 40 below with the wind chill,,,isnt this nuts? Walking outside in this actually hurts after a few minutes.

Jen said...

Crank up that fireplace!!
Marvin is so cute, he's probably wondering if he gets a nibble of your baked goodies.

It's single digits here, and will be for a couple days I guess.
We've been hanging out in the loft; it's warmer up there.

Anonymous said...

Oh Marvin is so sweet! All of your pictures are beautiful. Snuggle up, batten down the hatches, and stay warm.

Shellmo said...

Judy - thanks so much! I hope to photograph sunnier days ahead!

Connie -those brownies sound delicious!!

Grammy - my stepson loved putting them together!

Dawnie - come to think of it, I haven't seen anyone walk out of there - ha,ha!

Jen - good idea about the loft! We just put a t.v. up there so we should head up there tonite too!

Charli - I'll have a warm kitty purring on my lap today!

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

-18 that is COLD! I hope I never see that here! I don't mind the cold as long as the sun is out and there is no wind. The wind is what really bothers me!
Lovely pictures!

Anonymous said...

We're supposed to get down to -23 degrees tonight and then it's supposed to warm a little. It's definitely too cold for skiing or anything else outdoors! I love the black squirrel.

This Country Girl said...

Wow, Shelley, that's super cold! It is supposed to be 8 degrees here tonight.

Gorgeous photos! I love nature photography! I love the picture of the snowy town! Keep those photos coming! I love 'em!


Cassie said...

Please have Marvin jump in the snow for Hootie & Baby. Now the only thing they are tracking into the house & car is dried up grass* from the dog park. ugh.I miss wiping them down after they romp in the snow & cleaning up the wet floors:>( Oh well. At least I have something to look forward to.
*my word verification is FESCU!!!

dAwN said...

OMGoodness Shelley...
its soooooooo cold there....Yikes..
Keep those feeders filled and your toes warm by the fire!

Ruthie said...

Oh, I hope it warms up for you so you can enjoy some outside activities. But you look like you can stay snug as a bug in your wonderful little cabin.
I can just hear your kitty purring.
Great pictures.

Leedra said...

Suppose to be zero at our house tonight. But Jimmy hid the thermometer in the fall, won't know for sure. I was surprised you aren't that far off from us right now. We still don't have snow.

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City Mouse said...

As I'm getting ready to clear some space on our rural land for a cabin, tiny house, or *something*, I was excited to stumble upon your blog via Cedar at Adirondack View. Loved the few posts I've read already, and I"m headed back to read more! I added myself to your follow list so I can keep up.

Tami said...

Loven' that Titmouse! And Marvin has it right....curl up with a blanket and take a nap.

Catherine Holman said...

I know that it's freezing, but I love your snow photos! It's been below 0 at night here too.

Sandy said...

These are all great photos. Love seeing the driving one. stay warm...I hear there is a chill in the air where you are...oh..!!!

Heather said...

Brrrr! We're supposed to get close to 30-degrees this weekend! I can't believe it - a heat wave! I wore 4 layers of shirts today (I spend most of my day in a large, mostly unheated warehouse). I don't know if we got above 10. I can see how this cold weather could put one in a baking/cooking mood! Thanks for scratching Marvin's cheek for us - how did you know?

Shellmo said...

Denise - I agree w/ you - the wind makes it a little unbearable!

JyLync - I keep hoping this cold front will end soon!

Tammy - thank you so much!

Cassie - Marvin loves to venture onto the deck for about 5 minutes and then he's crying to come in! My poor cold baby!

Dawn - I can't wait to see my heating bill next month! lol!

Ruthie - it is fun to be snug in the cabin!

Leedra - you reminded me - we need to buy a weather thermometer too.

City Mouse - welcome - so glad you stopped by! I'll be over to see you too!

Tami - fleece blankets are the best!

Catherine - We are hoping it gets in the positive numbers soon!

Sandy - thanks!

Heather - who can resist a fat kitty's cheeks? lol!

JANE said...

Love Marvin!! I am enthraled with the black squirrel though, even more!!

Anne said...

After looking at your pix in this post, my 2-yr old says we need a cat too! We're looking forward to the day we will be cozy in our log home on a cold day! We're just putting the roof on now. Lots of work left to do!


Shellmo said...

Jane - those black squirrels are cute little devils!

Anne - welcome! I went to your blog - love it! Wasn't able to leave a comment - I don't see a comment link or a follower link. But I will add you to my blog roll later today. Come back again! And yes, your son needs a kitty for the cabin - loL!

This Country Girl said...

I'm loving all the photos of the birds, snow, landscape, and just well all the nature around you! Thanks for sharing with us, Shelley! I wish you could share just a little bit of that snow with me, though! :)


Ginger said...

Hi Shelley:
I was wondering about your log cabin, is there insulation between the logs to keep the cabin warmer?
Those temps are what I would think Alaska would be -17 wow that is cold.
I love the pictures, especially the one of you driving home from the store, the little town is cute.

Sharon/primthyme said...

It looks alot like my little village !I love the pics of the birds,the cat,skiing,your fireplace,your pinecone goodies for the birds.Your blog is so perfect. Please take care Shelley & try & stay warm.
Prim Hugs & Blessings,

Sharon/primthyme said...

In case I didn't say,Marvin is just so happy,thank you for saving him !!
Prim Hugs ,