YAY! It's Friday, I love Friday. It's the beginning of the weekend and my husband works from home, so I have the car. I am going to go out in a few minutes and brave the -22 C (7 deg below 0 F) somehow it just doesn't sound very cold when it's converted to Fahrenheit.
When I lived in Northern BC, I remember one Christmas that was 50 deg below 0 F, now that was COLD! About 20 years later, when I was a single mom and I delivered bundles of the Edmonton Journal to several of the small outlying communities, there were several days when it was 40 degrees below 0 F. A couple of well meaning people on my route warned me that I would die if I "hit the rhubarb" (went off the road). I simply had to go though, it was my job and my kids had to eat. I prayed and sang praise and worship songs on those very dangerous days as I drove, and I know the angels were around my car for the eight or nine hours that it took, because I felt at peace and I had no problems, whatsoever.
Like so many, after Christmas I felt a longing for a very simple decor. This is my "simple" fireplace Winter mantle.
I put my barn pictures on the mantle, I love barns.
Simple decor on the hearth...
...and there you are, the chairs are pulled up close to catch the warmth from the electric fireplace. There's a warm ruffly throw to wrap myself in. Staying warm is what it's all about.
I hope you are staying warm and cozy, too.
The verdict is in, these pretty birds are Bohemian Waxwings. Thank you to everybody who helped me identify them, I appreciate all of your comments, always.