Snowy days and bird feeders

This weekend, good ‘ol Missoura was hit with a foot of snow.

A foot.

Twelve inches.

Meaning ten more inches than any of us are used to seeing cover our porches, yards, and driveways. This snowfall was not the delicate, magical snowfall you picture when dreaming about White Christmases. This snowfall came in fast, dumping the first six inches in a matter of a couple hours. The drive home from work took over an hour and Phill spent most of the afternoon pushing strangers’ cars up the street as they stalled at the base of the hill in front of our house.

After the long commutes had ended and the snow boots were pulled off, I was able to take a step back and come to appreciate our tremendous snowfall. Looking outside to see nothing but snow makes you want to stay inside, hide under the covers, and read a book. Or sip coffee. Or both.

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This morning when we woke, the world was quiet. The streets were empty, with the exception of the occasional snowplow scraping the ground. The squirrels and birds were hidden away in their nests, nowhere to be seen. Everyone seemed to be hiding inside their homes, cautious not to disturb the outside, snowy world.

The peace was gently disturbed as neighbor dogs went out to romp in the snow and our two littles woke up to play.  After a breakfast of homemade pancakes and peach syrup, we decided to make bird feeders to hang in our trees with the hope that a few Cardinals would liven up our yard.

Bird feeders are one of those classic little kid crafts. It takes only a handful of materials and can be completed in just a matter of minutes – perfect for a two year old’s attention span. We made ours with materials we had around the house: pine cones, peanut butter, rice crispies, flax seed, and quinoa.

img_1018 (2)To minimize sticky fingers, I covered the pine cones in peanut butter and let Simon sprinkle the bird feed mix over the top.

 

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He did well covering the pine cones! I meant to get a few pictures of him playing in the bowl of seeds … but then I remembered I have an impulsive two year old covered in peanut butter and I wasn’t about to get within arms reach of that with my fancy camera. So you’ll have to take my word for it that he enjoyed himself and looked adorable in the process.

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We hung our bird feeders outside – one in the tree and the rest hanging from our clothesline with the hopes that the birds will actually be able to reach the treats we’ve left them. I’ll keep you posted. I’ve been continuously checking out the window all day to see if any birds have stopped by. None that I’ve seen yet, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

 

In other news, my red lion amaryllis bulb is looking wonderful (for those of you as eager to see a bloom as I am).

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Both my children are still asleep – What?! I actually finished a blog post during nap time? Must be that snowy day magic.

And now there’s more bread to bake and squash to cook and soup to make. Yum!

May your days be full of snow and your heart be full.

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