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  • v JANET552
    We are buried in snow and not going anywhere. In the meantime, my bird feeders are very interesting. I get mostly finches and chickadees at the seed feeders and woodpeckers at the suet cakes. Now, I have all kinds of birds, including red wing black birds, mourning doves, starlings and grackles among others at the seed feeders. Some of these are birds that winter elsewhere but came back and have to endure this storm. I see goldfinches that are yellow, something I never see in winter. It makes me wonder how many have nests with eggs in them. The silver lining here is that the temperature isn't too bad. We are in the upper 20s and as long as the birds are in bushes protected by a snow drift, they are probably quite comfortable.

    I see a squirrel is at the suet cake. I ordinarily put peanuts out but that spot has a drift about 30 inches high and it's up against the door.

    Good luck with the repairs, packing and your scouting trip. Hope everything goes as you wish.
    4 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2018 6:05:21 PM
    I'm surprised at the turnover at the shelter. Most dogs who aren't pit bulls are only there a few weeks, and some - especially small dogs, mixes with some lab/collie/shepherd, and puppies - can get snatched up in a few days. But there's a big surplus of white pit bulls sitting around.
    5 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/14/2018 11:36:09 AM
  • v JANET552
    Winter does seem to be lasting forever. We are expecting anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow. If we have less, it means we got more icing. I just want to get out in the yard and clean up and I'm not talking about cleaning up snow.

    The weatherman says we are on track for the coldest April ever. The explanation I heard from one of the weather guys is that warming in the Arctic causes a dip in the jet stream pulling the cold down by us.

    I accidentally let Tony out the other day. I still can't believe I did that. I meant to put him on the leash but opened the door instead. You don't have to tell Tony twice. He was out the door in a flash and didn't pause till he was in the street. We left the back door open for him and, sure enough, about an hour later he popped in. He used the litter box, bathed, warmed at the heater and then, the next time I was near the door he came running. He was ready for the next adventure.
    7 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2018 6:04:17 PM
  • v LINDAK25
    My mother-in-law had a cat who loved going for rides in the car. Before anyone pulled away from the house we always made sure Sydney wasn't in the car. Still she made numerous trips to the supermarket and the post office. It was always a surprise to see her pop up between the seats or have her climb on your shoulder while driving. I've never had a cat that like being in the car though. You might just need that anti-anxiety med in order to make the trip. Maybe you need to take a friend with you to help manage the cats and to drive some of the time, otherwise the trip will be endless.
    7 days ago
    I think painting this young man's transition from early 20's boyishness to late 20's maturation is especially evocative for me because I just watched my daughter go through the same process.
    9 days ago
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