Hola! I hope everyone had a lovely New Year's Eve - but a safe and sound one!
Today dawned cold and extremely dark in Milwaukee. At 7:15 a.m. I was still waiting to see any hint of daylight outside. I kept peeking through the curtains in the dining area where I set up my computer during the day for the holiday season, as I like to be in the living room in the evening with a fire going in the fireplace and the Christmas tree on display. It's much easier to move a relatively few steps from the dining area to the living room with my laptop.
It finally got "light" enough by about 7:30 a.m. We are expecting possible snow later on. A forecast I looked at this morning said we could get as much as 7.4" if we also get lake effect snow. EGAD! But thus far, it hasn't started snowing. It is looking very very dark, though, to the west/southwest - that's the direction the storm is blowing from toward the east/northeast.
The squirrels are really busy today eating me out of house and home. Right now, because of the population explosion that occurred beginning last winter - and yes, I admit it's probably my fault for feeding the animals in the first place, I have more squirrels than ever visiting daily, and ALL day long, from dawn until dusk. The squirrels are really fat and waddle, but they're eating me out of about 20 to 25 pounds of nuts a week right now.
But I love them anyway, they're such fun to have around, even though they are busy tearing up the backyard lawn trying to bury some of those nuts.
I have some final photos of the Christmas decorations, such as they are. I never did get around to taking a photo of the outside of the house at just the right time when the lights on the tree are on, the wreath is lit up, and the two little Christmas tree flanking my front door are lit up too, and make sure it isn't blurry. I seem to be a pro at taking blurry photos. So, without further ado (and no picture of the outside of the house decorated for Christmas), here are the final photos for 2021 Christmas:
|The tree as finalized, with no gifts underneath.|
|The tree as finalized, with my haul of gifts under it. My family bombarded|
me with goodies this year!
|A close-up of some of the ornaments on the tree - looking at the side of the tree toward the front door.|
|This is a close-up of part of the lower front of the tree.|
Not sure when I'll be back with a new post. I have a backlog of projects that I'd planned and still have not gotten around to do and here it is, 2022, going into my eighth year of living here. Time flies these years, whether I'm having fun or not!