…..this is the world she would have woken up to this morning, five days after her rescue. We woke to 4-5 inches of new snow at 6am and it kept snowing for another couple of hours. We estimate 6 inches of snow fell today.
Gracie was found in the far distance, down the river, in the area at the top of the left side of this picture. She’s very quiet and subdued today. I think she’s pondering the snowy view out the window. She loves ice cubes and snow…she’s had 2 snow treats today. I had an interesting interaction with Gracie on her first morning home. This is a copy of an email I sent out:
I believe Gracie truly knows what she went through, and is thinking about it. There is a raging storm outside. Dave put her up on her branch above her cage then left the room. Her Manzanita branch is tied to the side of her cage and is about 7 feet tall, she sleeps up there every night. Her cage sits in the corner of the living room, with a window on one side and the sliding door on the other. I was in the kitchen when she started making quiet ‘come get me’ noises. She had turned to the window, she has NEVER sat facing the window, and quietly made her ‘come get me’ call, but not in a frantic voice. It was as if she was saying she remembered. I agreed with her and said Gracie was ‘outside’ ‘nite, nite’. ‘It’s ‘drink’ ‘outside’….using words she knows while she gently pantomimed flying and using her ‘come get me’ whistle we used locating her. Usually this whistle is only used to call us or the dogs to her. She’d turn around to me and then turn back to the window and again quietly call and quiver her wings as if to fly. She very seldom makes noise unless she’s ready to be out of the cage or wants what we are eating. It was fascinating to watch her act out. She also made crow/raven noises and then the calling noise. I really think she knows she was close to being lost out there in the storm. The local Raven family visited her while she was in the top of the oak tree. I believe she was thinking about them being outside. ***** Dave and I are finally not feeling our stomachs’ drop at the thought of how this story could have ended. ……SNOW DAY!!!!…….We had half a ‘snow day’ today. Our power was barely on at 6am. A light bulb would turn on but barely glowed. Not long after the power quit completely. Our phone line was dead as well, which was very unusual. We were completely off the grid. No microwave, no hot water (we have tankless water heater), no computer, no internet, no telephone, no lights, no fan to move the warm air of the woodstove. We heat with a woodstove so heating wasn’t a problem. I have a gas stove so we can still cook…..but to save gas I put soup, coffee and water on the woodstove top. I packed containers of snow for the refrigerator and freezer. I like the camping in the house time….well, I’m not a fan of bathing from a pot of hot water…but the rest is okay. It’s now about 5pm, the snow in the trees has melted and there are patches of snow on the ground.
View from my east facing art room window.
View from a north facing art room window.
Front porch view towards driveway.
Our little dog wondering if I’ve lost my ever loving mind.
My view 2 weeks ago from my east facing window….back when it felt like spring was here.