It happened at last: we had an honest-to-goodness winter storm up here in Maine. And it was real snow, light and powdery; the kind that wasn’t mixed with rain, freezing rain, sleet, or ice.

Here’s a picture of a female cardinal* red bird of indeterminate origin** Purple Finch out in our bird feeder. No doubt she’s dreaming of summer.

And here’s a picture of my cat, Hazel. No doubt she’s dreaming of eating the female cardinal* red bird of indeterminate origin** Purple Finch who is dreaming of summer.

* It’s been brought to my attention that this bird is not a cardinal. Thanks Mav!!!

** The bird has been identified as a Purple Finch. “Not as common as they once were and nowhere as common as the Cardinal. Actually a nice find these days. Carpodacus purpureus is the specie.” Thanks Tom!


About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

6 responses to “SNOW!

  • hoosiertoo

    That storm dropped about three inches on my yard. Good stuff.

    I’m not a typical Hoosier; I lived for 5 years on the Lake Michigan coast. I don’t even break out the shovel for less than 6 inches of snow.

  • Ole J.C.

    You can have the crap we got here. About four to five inches Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

    Buddha do I hate snow!

    Did break out the snow blower for the first time this season. Still perhaps the finest purchase I’ve ever made, as for a mere 300 bucks I saved myself quite a bit of back pain last year AND now I can help out the elderly neighbor we have keep her walks clear.

    But, that doesn’t change the fact that snow sucks.

  • R.J. Keller

    We’ve got a brand new ergonomic snow shovel. I just love using that puppy. Or should I say, I love watching my kids use it. That’s the number one reason to have kids, after all.

  • FannyC

    I knew that wasn’t a female cardinal, but didn’t guess purple finch. Thanks, Tom. Hi, guys!

  • R.J. Keller


    Good to see you here.

    Yes, I am a VERY amateur bird watcher. I saw red and thought, “Aha! A cardinal!”

  • hoosiertoo

    Nice to see someone updates less than i do.

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