Saturday, January 17, 2009

A snowy morning at the Log Cabin

Well this morning we hit a high of 2 degrees! I think Greg should fire up the barbecue to celebrate! ha,ha! How is the weather in your area today?

Here is the view from our deck. Sometimes I put seeds on the deck posts for the Chickadees to help themself (not counting the other 5 bird feeders we have!)

view from deck

Hope my little trees make it this winter!

snowy trees

Here is my sweet little Downy Woodpecker!

downy wp

Here was our snowy drive to breakfast this morning!

drive to breakfast

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!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Loving the pine cone bird feeders!

It's 7 degrees here today at the log cabin and the windchill makes it feel like -10. We had just a light dusting of snow last night. My bird feeding station was a flurry of activity this morning and there were fights going on between the Blue Jays and the Woodpeckers. My poor little Chickadees were trying to get some feeding time. So I quickly made up some pine cone bird feeders with peanut butter and seeds and hung them up in the trees. So now there was enough birdy food to go around. All the birds were happy so that makes me happy!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Decorating the Cabin for Valentine's Day

When I got sick over the holidays, I was a little upset not to be spending time at our log cabin. Especially since I wanted to enjoy all the Christmas decorations I had put up. By the time I felt better it was time to take everything down. So Dawnie at Dawnies Life by the Sea had mentioned hanging up some Valentine's lights. A light popped on in my head. Literally! I could decorate for Valentine's Day! Just a few simple things.....nothing overboard.

Below I added some red candles with a berry garland wrapped around the candle sticks. Then I found this cute wooden sign that says "Love." (By the way, Kohls is having a sale on their Valentine decorations right now!)

I hung valentine garland with heart shaped lights on the staircase.

Here's a close up of the heart lights - I love their glow! And Greg if you're reading this....a Bernese Mountain dog puppy with a red ribbon wrapped around his neck would make the PERFECT Valentine's Day gift!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Can I have one of these?

Some of you already know what a big animal lover I am! I think our log cabin needs a big dog for sure. But then I start getting off track....

I drove by this farm about 20 minutes from our log cabin......

Me: Can I have a horse?
Greg: You drove by that farm, didn't you?
Me: Yes.
Greg: We don't have a farm. Our log cabin is on a lake!
Me: Minor obstacle.

Mr. Horse: Shelley, wouldn't you like to take me home?

Me: Yes, yes, yes!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A fireplace for the log cabin

After a day of skiing in northern Michigan......

Nothing is better than warming up beside my new electric fireplace!!

P.S. It has a realistic flame glow and the ability to turn the heat on or off. Now I need to buy some things to put on the mantle. Maybe some candle holders or lanterns. Maybe a wooden loon decoy. The possibilities are endless. What do you think of my new fireplace?