Winter grrs

I haven’t been very committed to this blog for the past few weeks because I’ve been hit with a dose of the winter blues or winter blahs or winter grrs. I’m quite fond of winter, but I’m always a bit bummed after the time change and this year it coincided with 2 weeks of overcast weather quickly followed by winter chills. Plus, I re-injured my knee, so I struggled with getting any for my normal outdoor time (I actually took the bus to work for a few days, despite living less than 2km away). I think it all just made me really grumpy and uninterested.

But, we had a lovely big snow just as my knee decided to be (mostly) healed. I haven’t been able to make it out for a long walk, which is something I *love* to do when Edmonton is a winter wonderland, but I’ve been out and about enough to cheer up quite a bit. I’ve been stopping to watch the chickadees and chipmunks as much as possible because they make me happy.

Pre-snow birds
Birds at the feeder

The morning after the snow
This morning's snowy walk.

Got any spare seeds?

Chipmunk and magpies (if the embedded version doesn’t work, see here)

Magpies trying to steal the chipmunk’s food. Chipmunk being cute, but having none of that nonsense.

A video posted by Anne Gregory (@beachedlibrarian) on Nov 25, 2015 at 5:32pm PST

And, I got most of my Christmas decorating done, including a string of lights that turn on automagically before I get home. I like coming home to a bit of cheer in my otherwise dark and gloomy apartment (the sun has set by the time I get home).

This is the top of my Christmas card tree I'm making a twinge Christmas tree to hand a few ornaments and cards. This is my star 🌟