I've been a wee bit scatter-brained as of late due to my crazy work schedule, hence the inconsistency of my posts. I beg your indulgence for a few more days until I have time to write more coherently. The ride in to work could be an interesting one as we had a bout of rather nasty weather this afternoon. The east coast gets hurricane-force storms and the west coast gets earthquakes and tsunami warnings. Here we get freaky blizzard-like conditions.
Oh, I knew we'd pick up a bit of snow today but I think caught a few people by surprise were the gusty winds that created a nasty little windchill and lowered visibility considerably. At least that was the case at work. Working outdoors for 12 hours sure gives you a good appreciation and respect for the force of Mother Nature. I remember thinking around 4:30pm that conditions were a bit nuts. Certainly I've experienced weather like this before but just not this early in the season. The winds have died down considerably now but I'm sure we'll have a good foot of snow on the ground in the morning. Road conditions dictated that I didn't get home from work until around 9:15pm and shoveling the driveway at 10:30pm so my tenants could get their vehicles out in the morning was definitely a slice.
I can't wait for days off to roll around this coming Friday. It gives me a chance to see what my house looks like when there is actually some daylight here rather than leaving and returning in the dark. It will also give me a chance to enjoy looking out the windows at my bird feeders to see what shows up. I've actually seen quite a bit this part year, remarkable given the amount of hours I've been working away from the house. (I'll post a complete list for my 2012 birding season before year's end.)
I filled up my feeders on my last days off and now 2 of them are pretty much empty without me having had a chance to see anything. So a day or two to do a little birding from the kitchen and living room windows would be nice. On a positive note, I'm already looking forward to next year's Great Backyard Bird Count. It's scheduled for February 15-18 and while I haven't had a chance yet to look that far forward into my work schedule, I'm hoping these dates fall on my days off since I was working the past couple of years. Sure, I can still do it at work to some extent but it would be much more enjoyable from the comforts of home, naturally.
I had a few other random thoughts floating around in my head here but they seem to have escaped which I take as a sign that I should really head off to slumber here soon.