Monday, March 3, 2014

A few bird photos and a Monday Ramble

The weekend was a busy one.  On Saturday I met up with my friends.  We went to see another televised live performance from the New York Met at our local movie theater.  It was Dmitri Tcherniakov's opera, Prince Igor and Ildar Abdrazakov starred in the title role and Oksana Dyka played his wife.  The whole production was absolutely marvelous and the time went swiftly.  I especially loved the poppy field scene, a splendid visual.  It would be super to see an actual performance in New York, but what I enjoy about these televised versions is that not only are several performers interviewed but you can also see what goes on behind the scenes.  It amazes me how quickly the sets can be taken apart.  To us out in the audience they do it with such ease.  Always impressive to see how well people can work together to perform monumental tasks.

A last minute decision had us all coming back to our place for the evening.  I suggested that it might be nice just to order Chinese food, and then we could settle down to a fun evening of conversation, without feeling rushed out of a restaurant.   We had a super time and everyone left at around 11.00 p.m. One of my friends stayed the night and she and I chatted until almost 1.00 p.m.  We were up again early and the next morning it was almost noon before she left for home.  What a great time we had.  

At around 2.30 p.m. our son arrived.  We were all getting together to watch the Oscars that evening. Our daughter-in-law and an old school friend of hers joined us a few hours later.  I'm not sure whether Gregg and I would have stayed up to watch if we hadn't had our family here, but it has become a tradition and the third year in a row that we have done this.  We all settled down to enjoy another evening of good conversation, while watching the TV and the events surrounding the Oscars.  It was a whole lot of fun and they didn't leave until midnight.   Fortunately the snow didn't start until the wee hours of the morning and they were all safely tucked up in their beds by that time.  It is nice that the weather co-operated and didn't spoil our evening tradition.  

This morning we slept in and woke up to a completely covered neighborhood with about five inches of snow.  Not so bad really. Gregg has already shoveled the driveway.  He said there wasn't as much moisture and it seemed a lot lighter than the last time.   The snowplow has been through the neighborhood, so thank you for helping to keep our roads clear when the snow is still falling. In fact, all the people who have to be out in all kinds of weather to keep us safe need a good pat on the back and our gratitude.  

We had lots of birds visiting the feeders and I see they need to be filled again.  

The new feeder is working out well.  The squirrels tried their best to get at the seed but it's proven too difficult for them, they can't quite get a good grasp and they rely on the peanuts I throw out first thing.

 I am sure the birds are happy that they don't have to compete. 

 So that's what's been going on this weekend.  I hope you've all had a good one and that you're week ahead will be great.