Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Birds on a Pond

Boy, it's cold out there. We broke records this past week, the lowest it's been since 1896 I believe they said. I am not sure where global warming went. We could use some right about now.

As you can imagine I have been housebound (for the most part) for a week and a half. One warmer day I did get to the grocery store to replenish my supplies. And, yesterday, the van at our apartment building took 8 of us out for lunch at Amici's. But, it started snowing just as we left and was sticking to everything by the time we got back. Regardless, we all considered it an adventure and got back safely.

I have been watching the ducks on the pond. That's about all I've seen lately. Oh, I thought the geese were gone. Hadn't seen them in a couple of weeks but one afternoon I saw the couple waddling around by lake's edge, looking for something to eat.

So, today I will share some recent pictures of my ducks...

Two of them walking on the ice on the pond.

Nestled down on the ice. It surely must be a cold seat!

Finally enough thaw so that a small amount of water could be found. The ice is still glistening all around these ducks.
 
I am linking to Anni's Bird D'Pot
 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Smoke Alarms and Fire Trucks

Have you ever worried about the house catching on fire? I have, especially when I was living in that house that was nearly 100 years old. You just never can tell, can you? Even with a new one.

So, I have felt safe here in my apartment. Not expecting any break-ins and that sort of thing. The door is metal based, the windows three floors up from the ground. Yep, I was feeling very safe.

Then, yesterday my smoke alarm went off. I was napping!! Scared me. But, there was no sign of smoke anywhere in my apartment. Must be a mal-function.

Then, I hear a fire truck coming down our road. (the fire station is just a mile from the apartment complex)

Dang... I'll just yell over the railing to the firemen that it was a false alarm. (the alarm had stopped by now) So, I open my door and see other residents milling about the passageways. What the dickens!!

It seems that there was indeed a mal-function in the sprinkler system. All this water from the melting snow, I guess...

And, that when there is any cause (real or imagined) every single fire alarm goes off in every single apartment...and the firemen come running. Well, if that ever happens again, we will surely be forewarned to GET OUT. That makes me feel SAFE!! Hallelujah!

And, thank God for first responders, needed or not.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Dreaming Of Paris

What does a person do when they are snowed in? I have been reading. Love this new book 'Love in Paris' by Eloise James. It's a memoir of the James family's year living in Paris. 

Well, I got so nostalgic reading about their exciting time and I started to get homesick for just one more stay in that amazing city. Say, an extended stay of maybe a year...

Oh, if I had better stamina and a purse with more money I'd find me a cute, but cozy, little apartment near Notre Dame. One in a old building, where the windows open wide and would let the sounds and smells of the street waft up to my senses. 

(Pinterest photo very similiar to view out our hotel window)



I'd go out to the nearest patisserie and buy flaky crouisants wrapped in paper. I'd find me a sidewalk cafe and I'd order tea and have it with my pastry. 
(Photo from Pinterest of a sidewalk cafe)


On cloudy days I'd open the windows and toss dried-out bagette crumbs to the pigeons that are walking on the roof below my window.

                                               I'd take the Metro to The Eiffel Tower. 
(my personal photo of me under the Eiffel Tower)

(My personal photo of me and dau. Susan on the first level of Eiffel Tower)


No, not to ride the lift to the top ( I got to the first level once but was scared out my of pants to go higher) but I'd climb on the nearby carousel and go round and round to the tinny music. 
(photo from Pinterest .. my camera battery had gone dead so I didnt get a shot of this)

And, I'd pull a  sandwich out of a bag and eat while I sat on the banks of the Seine and watch the bateaus steaming up and down the river loaded with tourists. And, I could say I was not a tourist... I lived there. 
(my personal photo of a bateau on the Seine River)


I'd go to the Muse de Orsay and look at all the nude paintings and Degas' lovely ballerinas and I'd look through the huge clock and see the Louve in the distance. 
(photo from Pinterest of the large clock with the Louvre in backgound)


I'd stroll the streets, listen to the musicans that wander up and down hoping for a coin or two and I'd buy roasted pistastio nuts, crack them open and gobble them down.
(photo from Pinterest)


I'd windowshop and be amazed at all the wonderous things that are for sale, things like nothing we have here in the U. S. and I'd stop at the flower stalls outside Hotel la Lousianne and buy beautiful, sweet smelling flowers. Once a week, at least.
(my personal photo of flowers outside Hotel la Louisanne)

I'd go to the huge flea market on the north side of town and eat at the little cafe (after being completely exhausted looking at antiques and junk) and buying nothing. And, I'd be cautious of the gypsies that wander among the diners, with their colorful dresses swishing this way and that. 

Then I'd go back to my little apartment, I'd sink down in a chair piled high with soft down pillows, and I'd think how lucky I am. 

That is what I would do.... if I were younger and had more money.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LET IT SNOW!

It finally happened!!

It snowed Monday night and I am so excited. First snow here at my apartment so everything was fresh and new to me. I am loving it.

Just let me show you the fun I am having....

During Sunday night the pond began to ice over.
That was a big clue that it was very cold outside!!
 
By Tuesday night it looks like this.
 
This was the parking lot on Monday night.
Of course, I took the pictures through the window... you can see the reflections. Sorry, but I didn't want to brave that cold!
 
The ducks are finding very little water to swim in.
 
Tuesday morning, bright and early, here come the snow plows!
 
And..... the snow blowers.
Now we have a clean street and sidewalks.
 
No one wants to brave the walking trail. It remains untouched. And, I like that!
Although you can't see my car, it is to the right... It has a heavy bonnet of ice.
Guess I will stay put until it melts!
 
That's my snow story. What's yours?