Playing in the Snow Day

Mom and I are going outside and hopefully build a snowman. The temperature has warmed up to just below freezing and it has snowed. Kali is venturing outside also cause it is sunny and well, not warm but pleasant.

As soon as we went out on the deck we saw them…..woodpecker tracks in the snow.

woodpecker tracks

Here is the woodpecker. They say the dowdy looking woodpeckers are female and the bright coloured ones are male. In that case we had a visit from a female woodpecker.

Dad is throwing bird seed and sunflower seeds directly on the deck now as no bird seems to care for our feeder and woodpeckers have a terrible time when they try to eat off the feeder. They must cling to the feeder upside down and stick their head up to grab a few bites….its pathetic really.

I don’t think the woodpecker went under the deck Kali but maybe a friend did….read the paper and let me know who visited us.

Reading newspaper

Reading newspaper

Here is mom’s snowman…try not to giggle…she worked hard at it. The hat is donated by Goggle…all else is mom’s own doing. So without further adieu,

47 thoughts on “Playing in the Snow Day

  1. Carol

    My moms LOVE to feed the birds. On weekend mornings they sip their coffee and read the newspaper while watching the birds at the feeders. I sit in the window and watch the birds, too. Only I’d like to do a lot more than watch them! Humans confound me.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      I know what you mean Carol but I promised I wouldn’t run after the birds….which isn’t hard…there are hardly any birds….just these woodpeckers. Mom wants to know what your moms secret is….how come you have so many birds? Mom and dad didn’t put the feeder out till around Christmas so the birds never saw it in good times…would that make a difference? Or do you live in some exotic country where the birds are always around.

      (((Shoko)))

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      1. Carol

        I’d be happy to share with you some of my observations! I don’t live anywhere exotic — at least I don’t think Paris, KY is exotic! But how would I know?!

        We get all kinds of woodpeckers here — hairy, downy, red-bellied, and even pileated. My moms put out suet for the woodpeckers. It goes in this little suet cage that they hang on a vertical, stable surface (theirs goes on their bird feeder pole). Woodpeckers will also eat safflower and black-oiled sunflower seeds, but those need to go into a mesh, tubular feeder that’s long enough for them to comfortably hang from.

        It can take several weeks for birds to find and trust your feeders. Having them near large trees or shrubs, where they can go to hide from predators like hawks or cats like me helps.

        We get lots of other backyard birds — cardinals, all kinds of finches, blue jays, wrens, chickadees, tufted titmice, etc. Right now my moms are participating in something called FeederWatch through the Cornell Ornithology Labs (http://www.birds.cornell.edu). I hear my moms talking about Cornell Labs (associated with Cornell University) all of the time. I think it’s where they get a lot of their information. That and books. My do they have a lot of birding books!!

        I hope that helps. Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions. I’ve absorbed a lot between naps in the window!

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      2. The Canadian Cats Post author

        Does that help? Yippee!, does it ever help. Dad had the suet in a cage for it but just hanging out there so he’s going to change it to a stable surface. We have no trees in our yard so there is no protection for them. There is a baby lilac tree but that’s about 3 feet tall.
        Thanks for your help my friend,

        (((Shoko)))

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  2. fozziemum

    I love mums snowman..i never get to make a snow man:( dang..i am glad the birdies are visiting..must be very hard n the cold to find a meal…same here with water in summer..we do not feed the birdies as it can change their feeding habits and cause problems..but water is scare so we have water everywhere..they can drink and splash and you actually get more birdie visitors with water than seed πŸ™‚ keep warm sweeties I have the heater in today..we have ha a very weird cold snap for a few days bit I love it..lots of rain and a break from watering and things drying up and turning to dust! loves Fozziemum xxx

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Water would be essential to the birds down under especially in summer. Is it dry there or humid? I have noticed the water out in mom’s bear bowl (in the summer) dries up quickly…like a day and its dried up…we have a very dry climate. Mom has buckets of water out, like a 5 gallon bucket to water her plants and the birds sit on the rim and have a few nips of water.

      Take care my friend and I’m enjoying Bashful’s travels.

      (((Shoko)))

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      1. fozziemum

        Shoko we used to have a dry heat in Victoria and recent years it has become humid and dry intermittently the water dries out super quick here and needs topping up all the time.we have bird baths and buckets under trees also so small nocturnal creatures can get water..many in summer drop from the trees and die without it..i always place a stick in the bickets as one summer a small bird I found in the bucket and it nearly drowned..i rescued it and let it dry off and it was fine..but now a stick so they can climb out if needs be πŸ™‚ I am glad you are enjpying Bashfuls trip πŸ™‚ he sure is having fun πŸ™‚ take care too sweets loves Fozziemum xx

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      2. The Canadian Cats Post author

        Thanks for the info Fozziemum. It sounds horrendously hot down there. We are never that hot. If it gets hot during the day…it usually drops right down at night. Maybe there will be a streak of very hot weather for 4 or 5 days and the heat will build until its hot at night. Then we get thunder and lightening and that brings the temperature way down.

        One day mom and dad would love to visit Australia….it seems so different than here.

        (((Shoko)))

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      3. fozziemum

        I bet they would love it..the heat can be horrid some years last years 44C day after day ..yikes! this cold snap is quite weird for this time of year..even flooding on some parts??? go figure πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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      4. The Canadian Cats Post author

        Temperatures at 44C!! My golly, I don’t think its EVER been that hot here and then to have it stretch for days. That’s what I call brutal. How do you get cool…does it cool down at nights? Gee…how do people work in such hot weather? When it gets in the high 80’s mom doesn’t want to do much and her thinking is kind of…shall we say, off.

        Shoko

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      5. fozziemum

        Hard to cool down and when the humidity sits at 95 % you could lose your mind…that stretch last year it nly got down to 30C at night..the houses just cannot cool down..it was pretty stressful..hard to do anything..work for some was a relief to get into air con buildings..outside work stops for a lot of peeps at those temps..train traks buckle and peeps end up standing in the heat waiting for buses..urghhh had one day a few weeks ago of 44c and I was glad it went… loves Fozziemum xx

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      6. The Canadian Cats Post author

        That seems like a good time to take a vacation elsewhere. Train tracks buckle….my golly…that is way too hot. I’ll bet the police are busy with domestic disputes…everyone’s temper would be set to flair! See we have the cold and snow and peeps wonder how we manage….you have the heat and humidity…how can you stand it? We get used to living in it and finds ways to either warm up or stay cool. You were talking about a pool awhile back….that would certainly help cool one down in the evening….to me that would almost be a must in your neck of the woods. I wonder what the Kangaroos do?

        Shoko

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      7. fozziemum

        Yep everyone gets hot headed haaah we are used to heat but not extreme…high 30’s ok ..we have a pool set up now so in we go..has been a necessity here..the roos go from place to place looking for feed..most of their water they get from feed..they tend to eat by the roadside in summer and hence the terrible deaths..:( to cool down roos lick their forearms..they have blood vessels close to the surface and they lick their arms and this sends them coolness..they camp in the super hot parts of the day and dig at the ground..like a doggie making nest spots due to the earth being cooler underneath..even the big red roos up north struggle with extreme heat in the desert areas..urghhh loves Fozziemum xx

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  3. DezizWorld

    OMC Dat looks so cold Shoko. Yous mommy did a gweat jjob on hers snowman, speshully in dat cold wedder. Stay warm and safe, and enjoy readin’ da paper. MOL

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Once you’re out…its not bad. Mom had fun and certainly wasn’t cold as she built the guy up. Even Kali was out trying to help. Mom says she has to get more exercise before they go to New Orleans next month. She does too as she’s huffing and puffing with not much exercise.

      (((Shoko)))

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      1. DezizWorld

        Weez gunna let yous all be da ones runnin’ wound in dat stuffs. MOL As fur yous mommys exercise wegime…Good luck. Hoomans always say they need to get exercise till da time comes fur them to do it. MOL Hope they hav fun.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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      2. The Canadian Cats Post author

        Ok…we’ll run around for you girls. Mom came home and said that her exercise class was full but she’s going once a week anyway,…until they kick her out. She will go walk around the mall the other day of the week. You go mom! First, the doctor today then the mall and then slide home as the driving looks slippery.

        (((Shoko)))

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      3. DezizWorld

        Okay Shoko, sounds good.
        MOL Good luck to yous mommy. Hope she can stick to it. Mommy sure wuldn’t. Course she can’t anyways, but even when she kulda she wuldn’t. She always sed there wuz too many udder fings to do. MOL

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Aww Cupcake, we’re just used to it…that’s all. It is fairly warm out for us and the sun is shining…well, a bit. I’m proud I wasn’t scared of the snowman, a first for me. Kali was so adventuresome for her. We feel refreshed and ready for a nap in a sun puddle.

      (((Shoko)))

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  4. The Canadian Cats Post author

    Now that you mention it….you’re right….it is rude!! Mom and dad didn’t have to put the food out for them but they did and no bird will partake of mom and dad’s bounty. Maybe with the seeds on the deck, they will eat. We can see them better too.

    (((Shoko)))

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  5. The Swiss Cats

    Your mom did a great job building the snowman ! It’s nice of her to feed the birds, and you get some entertainment ! Purrs

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Really? That would mean we should put the suet cage on the roof of the outdoor shed and fasten it down somehow. I’ll let dad know when he comes home from instructing. He is a part time first aid instructor for St. John’s.

      (((Shoko)))

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  6. easyweimaraner

    What was in the News? the lottery numbers for tomorrow? a girl who needs a boyfriend (me!) ? I like the snow man your mom made with her own paws… you should put him in your freezer, so he will stay with ya furever and ever :o)

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  7. The Canadian Cats Post author

    Are you picking up radio waves again Easy? I hope so..either that or you flipped out after seeing mom’s snowman…hehe Don’t give mom any ideas. I just tell her there is no room in the freezer for her work of art, when she asks and she does ask..

    (((Shoko)))

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  8. Nylabluesmum

    Mee-you that iss a cute snowman Shoko an Kali…yur mum iss tallented! All mee LadyMum doess iss throw thee snow bout with thee shovell an lay on thee couch hertin ALLOT!
    Wee has five FEET an it iss tryin to snow today an LadyMum said shee reefusess to shovell another flake πŸ˜‰
    So much fur her luvvin thee snow!
    Luv Siddhartha ❀
    Pee S: Wee iss on a furend'ss lappytop an wanted to stop by an let you know wee are still alive…..

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  9. The Canadian Cats Post author

    Mom talented?….hahaha Shovelling the great blizzard of snow is hard especially when you’re hurtin’. When mom was shovelling, cause dad was working out of town, she would go out every two hours and shovel, whether it was snowing or not. That kept the amount lower in a blizzard. Mom says it was very hard work though. I know, the delight from the first flakes to the grumbling in Jan and Feb is quite funny to us kitties. It was nice of your neighbour to let you use his computer, We miss you cuz Dharth and Auntie Sherri-Ellen.

    Loves and purrs,

    Shoko

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  10. Nylabluesmum

    Mee-you Cusinss Shoko an Kali…wee iss with one of LadyMum’ss gurlfurendss here.
    Mee hass nevurr seen snow befur so mee did not know what to expect. Wee had allot in Novemburr butt nun in Decemburr an now all thiss snow in January…
    LadyMum sayss she luvss snow an Winter butt 2 monthss werth of snow in 10 dayss did her inn…shee did what yur Mum did butt shee still herted herself πŸ˜‰
    Wee has to go now butt wee will bee back at sum point.
    Luv an **nosebumpss** Siddhartha ❀ ❀

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  11. angelswhisper2011

    OMC do you really like snow, Shoko and Kali…I think it’s much to white and cold…but loved to see your pictures and enjoying that snow…*shaking head and mumbles* unbelievable…. Warm Pawkisses for the Weekend πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Mom tries bur what a skinny snowman! All was clear under the deck…thank heavens…I would have got all excited and wet myself if something was under there. I don’t handle unpleasant situations well.

      Kitty kisses,
      Kali

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