It's snowing here in central Illinois. Fat white flakes, and indeed, huge clusters of flakes the size of quarters or half-dollars, floating down softly to stick to everything, some of the biggest crystal formations I have ever seen fall from the sky. Beautiful. (But then, I'm not the one who does most of the shoveling.) The birds were all over the feeders earlier -- a couple dozen sparrows, at least half a dozen lady cardinals and a couple of males -- but have mostly retreated to shelter now. And the squirrel. I refilled the feeders for when they come back.