Trumpeter Swans

In this cold weather it seems especially hard to get outside, but we got out for a bit (despite single digits) this past weekend. There was a nip in the air that drove us back to the car after about 20 minutes, however. I was not made for these constant cold temperatures!

Anyhoo, last Saturday, armed with hot beverages and bundled up, we drove to Monticello to see the swans. The second we opened our doors, we knew we were in the right place, and not just because of the sign. No it was the cacophony of hundreds of swans, ducks, and Canadian geese that filled the air – feeding time was on. There’s not a large viewing area, and there are some ill-placed trees and bushes, but we managed to get some shots of the massive gathering, and will most likely go back with my tripod to get a panoramic view of the river and just how many birds can actually be there on any given day during the feeding frenzy.

Unfortunately… I’ve checked the forecast and it looks like more singles and teens are in the future and potentially more snow, so probably not this weekend. Which is all right because we’re going to be combing our offices and turning my office into an official guest/game room, which in turn could be easily converted into a nursery, but it’s unlikely we’ll still be living there when that time comes. We’re going to throw the giant love sac in there for now, but will be on the lookout for a futon or something inexpensive that can serve as seating when needed and then turn into a bed for guests.

(Insert sigh of relief here)

Slowly, but surely we’re getting unpacked and moved-in. I think the hardest part is deciding where to put everything, so I’m sure I’ll be doing some shuffling. I’m still trying to figure out how to better utilize the space in our “pantry.” We turned the hall closet into a pantry with a shelving unit from IKEA for $30, but it doesn’t quite hold all that we need it to, so I need to make some adjustments and find some containers that better organize that space. I’m determined to finish unpacking the kitchen first. If I can get that one area clean and pretty, I’ll feel much more accomplished and more importantly, able to make meals. We have so many new things that I want to use!

I think we’re going to try and set up the grill this weekend too and hopefully have our first barbeque and then watch the sunset. It’s our new routine – we stop everything and go sit outside and watch the sun go down with a nice glass of something. It’s so nice and peaceful and a wonderful way to wind down for the night.

We’re already getting some fun wildlife as well – mostly birds. There was a family of pheasants yesterday that were tiptoeing around the edge of the lawn (pictures to come*), and our first night, we were both awoken by an owl, and wouldn’t you know, it was perched on our garage! Josh got up and looked out the window and startled what was an apparently very large owl – possibly a great horned owl? We’re hoping it comes back for a photo shoot. 😉 Now I just need to get the birdfeeders outside and hope that some of the other pretties that I’ve been seeing/hearing stop by!

*Now that I can crawl to my desk, I think I’ll be able to take the time to actually post pictures and stories from our wedding/mini-moon. :p