This was a strange weekend on the mountain top. Life up here can be so bizarre. I feel like I'm in a Twilight Zone episode at times.
I really thought it was spring when I woke up Saturday morning.
The rain had finally brought the leaves on, and the mountains were getting that soft, sweet spring glow that I love so much.
The clouds were heavy, sitting in the hollow, and the soft green glow was all around us.
I caught a beautiful Ruby Throated Hummingbird coming in for a sip of sweet nectar. They have been buzzing all over the property the past two weeks, and it's so wonderful to see them return to the area.
The critters were very, very busy this weekend - but not all of their antics made me smile.
These 5 pots in front of the new berry bushes were planted with dwarf sunflowers that I grew from seed, nurtured for weeks indoors, hardened off outdoors....and became a tasty snack for the critters the very first day I planted them out.
Seriously? That's not fair!
Nothing left but holes and some half chewed leaves.
I wonder if it was a squirrel? They seem to go to any lengths to get the food they are craving. Just check out the acrobatics of this grey squirrel, captured through the dining room window. Hanging from his tiny toes to get a good munch on the suet.
What a wackadoodle!
The feeders were busier than usual this weekend. I'm not sure if it's because of all the mating and nesting, or if the wildlife was stocking up because of the cold weather that was heading our way.
I have at least two male & two female Red Breasted Grosbeaks visiting many times per day. I'm so happy to see them - they are just gorgeous birds! This little guy posed so nicely for a photo - do you think he knows he's handsome?
Here you can see him 'yelling' at the Red Winged Blackbird....probably for stealing the last of the suet!
The Goldfinches are back to their beautiful golden color once more. They are like sweet little spots of sunshine at the feeders.
I must have 5 different Robins' nests around the property - I can't wait to see all those cute little babies. You know what I think? I must have some really juicy worms here!
Meanwhile, Saturday evening, after a lovely day working outside, the skies got very heavy and dark with clouds. We had some cold, nasty weather moving in. Not spring-like at all!
Sunday was nasty - cold and windy. But I couldn't let that stop me - there was work to be done outside.
The grass needed to be mowed. The tender plants needed to be tucked away until the cold spell passes. There were errands to run, groceries to buy, and lots of household chores to do.
It was a busy, busy day. And at the end of the evening, when I went to let the pups out, this is what I saw when I opened the kitchen door:
Whaaattttt????????? Nooooooooo - go away!!!!!
There had been flurries off and on all day, but I certainly didn't expect a dusting!
The mojito mint was dusted, but the chives didn't care.
Some of the larger planters were tucked under the overhang, and covered with a flannel sheet.
The snow really came down for a while...I was glad I had taken the time to tuck the more tender plants away, out of the weather.
Tonight will be cold again, but after this it looks like I can start to harden off the rest of the seedlings, and get them planted out next weekend.
Yippee! Perhaps I can finally settle into spring and enjoy it now!
Meanwhile, in other critter news......my neighbors down the road sent a photo of their new 'pet.'
Seriously, this big black bear is at their house so often he now makes himself right at home! Can you imagine?
What was wacky in your world this weekend?