Goodbye, Ice!

It’s 42 degrees and this is what the parking yard looks like today.  Much better.  We did have it sanded yesterday which made it walkable again.


And Rick loves to carve out waterways to get the water running downhill and away from the middle of the yard.


What a difference a day makes!


And here is something I’ve been meaning to show you.  Some of you might remember the oriole nest above the screened porch.  2016 was the second nest in the same spot and it recently cam down in a windstorm.  Luckily I noticed and rescued it from the ground.


Here is a picture of the inside of the nest which is perfectly smooth and so comfy for those baby orioles.


It’s truly a wonder to examine how perfectly it’s been made!

Still working on the mystery blocks.


Connie’s getting ready to leave on the cruise this weekend.

15 thoughts on “Goodbye, Ice!

  1. Janice

    Your home and property look so beautiful, even with the ice and snow. We have friends who live in our neck of the woods (Ocala, FL) about 6 months and Ottumwa the other 6. His brother asks “why do you want to leave home for 6 months?” It’s 78 degrees here today and was 59 last night … that’s why they leave Iowa for 6 months.

  2. Diane

    Aww–love the nest. I do have to admit I chased a beautiful hawk away from our feeders today. I know it’s nature, but it bothers me that they eat their own–so to speak. I encouraged him to go after the voles and moles:) Rick is smart to dig those ditches!! Also, keeps him busy:) Cooler here today in Central Ohio, but not bad–44 degrees.

  3. Rhoda Ebersole

    That nest was amazing. I shared it with my 8 year
    Old granddaughter Rory who is home sick from
    School and her parents get back from Hawaii tonight
    Am not sure she knows what an Oriole is 😀

  4. pam forsling

    Cute nest! What is the name of the red quilt the nest is sitting on. I love my reds. Thanks!

  5. Sandy

    So glad your temp is up and ice is melting. We had 2 hour delays for our schools here in eastern Washington this morning due to ice and freezing rain. We are expecting things to start thawing and melting soon. The bird nest is an amazing work of nature. I am happy you were able to rescue it and give us a glimpse close up. Your blocks are looking super. I love the colors and fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Ann Barlament

    I like that elongated depth to that nest. What fun for the Orioles to set up housekeeping at your place. I think word got around about the wonderful woman that lives there.

    Such a wonderful warm day here in Minneapolis…Donna and I took physical therapy outside. I want to make snow balls, but unfortunately couldn’t get close enough to the snow! Hahaha

  7. dixie loynachan

    I, too, enjoy making ditches for the water to run away from the foundation. When we lived in Mn in both Bloomington and Willmar, it was a regular springtime activity. In those parts of Mn there was usually not much thawing before spring.

  8. Felicia Hamlin

    I just came back from a nice long walk, the dog got all muddy but I think she was happy. It is hard for her to be cooped up. It has been a balmy day and I enjoyed my walk and the snow is melting.

  9. Betty Klosterman

    Good bye ice, hello mud. I bet Rick liked to make little creeks of water flowing all over the place when he was a kid. And playing with the hose. My mother always thought it was awful when I told her Frank, my husband, was outside playing with the hose. Well, he was!! And how much fun it was, especially on a hot day. Water is wonderful. It’s even nice to play outside in the snow. I feel so sorry for people who have never had the experience.
    I like your mystery blocks. The purple, green and yellow look so good together. So often the scrappy quilts look better if they have a set color scheme. Keep quilting. Aren’t we lucky to have such a wonderful hobby/pastime. So much better than housework..

    Betty in Rapid City, SD

  10. Diane M

    Your pictures on previous posts look just like our driveway. I should have gotten out my ice skates. The sun didn’t shine today so we still have some ice. I think the snow is almost easier because we can at least move it out of the way. The nest is beautiful. I have found some small nests in our bridal wreath bushes that have either rabbit or cat hair mixed in with the twigs. I’m trying to work on projects that need finishing; I have too many of those.

  11. Claudia Voorhees

    It was nice here today too….. got ice scraped off the porch and deck. What a pretty nest… I have a nest up in a tree, but I can’t tell if it is a bird nest or a wasp nest…… have to get my binoculars out I guess.

  12. Launa

    Hi Mary, took a long time to get internet service due to these Idaho mountains and tall trees. Glad to see the oriole nest. We have 36 inches of snow…and a tad more today. Still unpacking slowly. Good to see your post. Launa

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – I am so happy to hear from you! With all that snow, do you have access to traveled roads? Ha! Glad to hear you’re getting unpacked – can you start sewing soon?

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