It was another snowy day. So grateful this one was on a Saturday when I had nowhere to be but home! I was able to to watch the flurry of activity around the bird feeders. I counted 34 redpolls, 4 mourning doves, 14 evening grosbeaks, 1 red squirrel, a chickadee, and 2 golden finch. I could hear a blue jay but he didn’t stop by the feeders today. Neither did the turkeys. All in all it was a busy day and I bet you know what today’s photo of the day will be…a bird. But not just any bird, one of the 14 evening grosbeaks that dropped by for a visit.

evening grosbeak bird in a snowstorm
033/365 Photo of the day
Evening grosbeak in a snow storm
02 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

My day was occupied with getting a newsletter completed for next week – a volunteer job I have been doing since March of last year. This is my last issue and I’m a little sad as I’ve really enjoyed working on it and being a part of a great team, but I just don’t seem to have enough time to dedicate to it and there are other projects I’m interested in taking on, so I gave my notice today. I must admit, I feel lighter now, knowing I’m free next month.

Tonight’s painting was a complete unknown until I got the sky in. Blue to start, followed by pink. Mountains (or land) in the distance, followed by an ocean and a beach. I think this is my fourth painting like this. I titled it “My happy place!” I sure do like those colours and that view.

watercolour painting of sky, ocean and a small beach.
033/365 Painting of the Day
My Happy Place!
02 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I have some happy news: tomorrow night, I will be staying at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa! A dream come true. I’ve always wanted to stay there and this year, being the year to make things happen, I booked a room for a night.

I like to spend a night in Ottawa every year so I can take night pictures and not have to drive home late at night. Not to mention it’s a lot of fun playing tourist in your backyard. I chose a Sunday night thinking it wouldn’t be busy on the streets and canal. Funny, but when I booked the room last month, I didn’t realize Winterlude started this weekend! But it is Superbowl weekend, so hoping it’s not too busy. (I’m not a fan of large crowds.)

I booked the day off on Monday and plan to walk around town taking pictures. The forecast is calling for freezing drizzle…hoping it’s wrong!


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