Meg Noble Peterson

Author of Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey through Africa and Asia

I’M KEEPING HUMMINGBIRDS ALIVE IN THE SNOW!


A little shout of glee from this North Easterner who has missed old man winter for five years. I don’t know whether it’s climate change or the desire to get in step with the crazy weather visiting the Midwest this month, but for the past week Langley has been all but paralyzed by several snowstorms in a row. And it’s still coming down! Schools had two full snow days and two half days last week, and even our trusty movie theater closed its doors.

Like many of my friends, my neighbor was tired of Whidbey’s cold, wet winters and took a few days in Hawaii to recover. Good timing! In her absence I have been putting out her hummingbird feeders during the day and bringing them in at night so the sugar water doesn’t freeze. Can you believe that the hummingbirds are here in this snow? Check out the video that I took of my new little friend.

I am carried back to my childhood in Syracuse, New York, where walking to school on the high drifts that lined the roads went on for weeks. And I loved it! Since snowplows do not abound in our community, I enjoyed the same feeling as I shuffled through six to eight inches of the fluffy stuff with nary a car nor person in sight. And guess what? It looks as if this coming week will be the same.

My dear friend, Anne Ferry-Brennan, and her friend take a daily swim in Puget Sound. Nothing can deter them!

Here are a few more shots of what I call our winter wonderland. Click on photos to enlarge.

My friend Heidi’s home at the Maxwelton Creek Cohousing- can you believe she was born in Switzerland?

 

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3 Comments

  1. I LOVE THAT YOU WRITE WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND THE PICTURES. WONDERFUL.
    I JUST WRITE AND PAINT. I HAVE AN EXHIBIT AT THE LIBRARY NOW. IT HAS BEEN RENEVATED AND THE WALLS WERE SOFT RED. MADE EVERYTHING
    LOOK GREAT. DID YOU GET MY BOOK, THE CRACK IN THE ROCK? OR ‘MAKE YOUR LIBRARY GET IT. LETS TALK SOON. CAROL

  2. Sandie Miller

    Here in Wisconsin we are on our 6th snow day for the year! A record. We have had record snowfall this year.

  3. Jackie Herships

    Dear Meg: How wonderful your ongoing reports are. You are truly living life and enjoying it to the fullest as much as you possibly can. It’s a gift. I am still your total opposite – living my quite life right here in Walden 🙂 – that’s shorthand for South Orange, NJ – a trip to Brooklyn is a challenge for me. But, my new Strategic Coaching practice is dragging me out via other people’s lives, and so I am able to be of service and to live vicariously at the same time. Tonight is part 2 of my very first workshop. It’s for a group of Grandmothers called the Grand Nannies and they’re taking themselves on – Isn’t that great? We’re facing problems, setting goals, being supportive and getting support.
    Thank you for bringing your spark of joy into our days. I love your photos and your trips, but I particularly love your descriptions of your wonderful home on Whidbey Island. I am amazed at your friends who swim no matter what, and hope your humming bird makes it through. I also want to learn more about your co-housing community. That is the wave of the future I believe. There is certainly a lot to talk about.
    Love, jackie

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