A couple of Carolina wrens (Thryothorus ludovicianus) stopped by one January afternoon to enjoy a treat from our holiday wreath; here’s one of them.
We spent the day running about: to the Cleveland Home & Garden Show followed by a visit to Legacy Village. We had hoped that, in a new venue, the Home & Garden Show would improve but were bitterly disappointed. Not only had the show itself declined in quality but its new venue was shoddy and unwelcoming. The owners of the Great Lakes Expo Center would have done everyone a favor it they'd have hired some of the exhibitors to fix the place up. The converted DIY retail facility needed wallboard, paint, plumbing, and light. The Show? Well let's just say there were no homes, few gardens, and way too many hucksters. We won't be going back any year soon and will likely skip any other show housed at the Center.
High point of the day was lunch at the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant followed by window shopping at other Legacy Village stores. She had the roasted vegetable salad and I enjoyed the simple margherita pizza. From there we strolled to the Joseph Beth bookstore where She sat in a warm, sunny spot and paged through baker Duff Goldman's Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes. I quietly perused the art, science, and bargain books. A most pleasant way to spend a chilly, sunny, Sunday afternoon.
Back home She Who Must Be Obeyed pointed out interesting impressions in the snow next to our sidewalk. A bird or birds, engaged in some sort of struggle, had left body and wing marks in the dry, sand-like dusting. I grabbed the camera and recorded the scene created by birds in a more ephemeral medium.
Yeah, I took vacation days this week. Some may feel time off was wasted on the kind of weather we received overnight and most of the day today… heavy snowfall. Not me. I was perfectly happy to sit in my warm home office working on my publishing project and not needing to drive anywhere. I don't know just how much snow we received –it hasn't fully stopped yet– but it was a lot… possibly a foot. She Who Must Be Obeyed stayed home from work and we took turns venturing into the weather to dig out our sidewalk and drive, perhaps not keeping up with the storm so much as keeping it from totally burying us. Around 3:00, after finishing my turn, I shot a few photos. These aren't beauty shots, but help illustrate that we have not much space into which to push or pile additional snow… it hasn't melted this month!