Saturday, February 23, 2013

Nearly March already

Where has the last couple of months gone?  
Christmas, New Year, January and now February - poof!
The three weeks around Christmas time was chilly in Calgary - temps in the -20'sºC, but since then, I've had no reason to complain.  This was the view from my office window taken in December.  Pretty, in a frigid kind of way.
The Bow River running through Cochrane was only frozen in little bits this year - the above picture from mid-January is the worst it ever got.  It really hasn't been that cold this winter (and yes, I know it's still only February, and Mother Nature has a knack of making me look smug and stupid on any given day of the year).  
2013 started with new windows throughout our house.  The team of guys were very fast and very good, but even they couldn't divert me from questioning why I had agreed to have them installed in January, when it was -9ºC outside.

But we are delighted with the results.  Triple-glazed, upvc, sunscreen coating - you name it, we got it.  And now we just have to finish paying for it.
February also means two birthdays in this household for our daughters - we now officially have two teenagers in the house (though it has felt like that for some time, on some days, to be honest).  A 13 year old and a 15 year old.  Oh boy!
I was very surpirsed to see flocks of the Bohemian Waxwings in my garden again in early February.  I tell you every year how they feed in November and then migrate  (to who-knows-where) - but I have never seen them again so early in the year.
And today - just above freezing, sunshine and nearly clear blue skies, 
hardly a scrap of snow to be found, except on those newly layered mountains in the distance
and the knowledge that we turn our clocks back (almost my favourite day of the year) in a couple of weeks' time.  The mornings are lighter, the evenings are lighter, and my mood is lighter!


Linking to Our World Tuesday
Have a great week.

16 comments:

  1. Yes, I was in Calgary yesterday and saw you have virtually no snow left, you lucky so-and-so's. Still lots here in Edmonton though.

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  2. beautiful photos... congrats on the double whammy of two teenage daughters... us too, but ours are 16 and 19.

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  3. That frozen cityscape is a cracking picture - it s very different view to the one from my office window!

    Stewart M - Australia

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  4. Teenagers in the house! I have to admit, I do NOT look forward to that!
    Great shots. Makes me miss Calgary!

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  5. I do agree with Stewart regarding the frozen cityscape -- awesome!! I had four teenagers in my house at one time -- two girls and two boys and looking back I sometimes wonder how we all survived the time, but they were and are wonderful and the lights of my life! Wonderful post for the day!! And your skies have gone from gray to blue and that's good!! Have a great week!

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  6. A great series of photos. I especially like the snowy city-scape. But I am glad I can look at it and not have to live with it!

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  7. I certainly seems that you are looking forward to the spring and summer. I must say though I loved the view from your office window!
    Have a wonderful week. I am linking up to you through Our World Tuesday.

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  8. You have some wonderful images here! The first one is WOW. I wonder if your bohemian waxwings are the same as our cedar waxwings. All the best with two teenage girls in the house! :)

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  9. I thought Ontario was cold! Great shots, that waxwing is a handsome fellow.

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  10. I have a 15 & 17 year old in the house and Oh boy is right!

    I am really looking forward to the longer days.

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  11. That frozen city view is gorgeous! As are the blue skies.

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  12. Such beautiful landscapes. You live in such a beautiful world.

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  13. Great frozen city shot; especially the warmth of the brick Church against the frosty trees. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  14. Too funny...your semi frozen river and your comment that it isn't as cold as usual. Brrrr.
    What a beautiful bird. I haven't seen one here in BC.
    I think the best part of our new windows when we had them done was the way they also blocked out the noise from the fairly busy street we live on.

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  15. I think January and February went by quickly too! Like you I'm looking forward to the time change...but the days are getting wonderfully longer and sunset is getting later every day by a little bit.

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