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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Things are heating up out there!

Speaking strictly for the wildlife, that is.  For the first time ever, I have three male Cardinals at the feeders!  And one female.  I watched as the guys staked out their territories - one at the flat feeder on the deck railing; one on the ground, under the sunflower feeder; one on a tree branch.  The little minx darted from one to the other until there was much fluffing of feathers and mock battles.  It was fascinating.  It's also interesting that the male juncos will tolerate any other bird on the feeder at the same time, except another junco.

At least the ice is buried.
Can you tell that I spent an inordinate amount of time stalling this morning?  We did not awaken to three feet of snow.  Or two.  Or one (although we're working on one).  But there is plenty and more is coming, and the wind and single-digit temps make it challenging.  I had to do a quick path for the Short One - who made it exactly three inches out of the door before he did his business and hurried back in - at 5A, but delayed having to deal with the rest of it.

It's not that I mind shoveling - I really don't.  It's mindless, repetitive, cardio work and I can let my mind wander as I go.  It's the shoveling gear that gets to me.  All those layers.  I get quite claustrophobic in the winter.  It is such a long, frustrating process that I am loathe to repeat it more than I have to.  While I can't give you a head-to-toe, here's the head gear. 

I look like a ninja...
Below that is:  long underwear, wool socks, jeans, Carhartt coveralls, boots, flannel shirt, fleece vest, wool scarf, down parka, Dork hat, thermal mittens.  And you can bet your Aunt Mabel that five minutes into the work, you are in desperate need of your hankie, which is buried under four layers.

I am such a fashionista!
I was very pleased to realize that a scarf I had knit when I faced down my short row phobia, turned out to be absolutely perfect for winter work - it's like a bandanna scarf and you can handily pull it up over your nose and it stays there.

The scarf is actually brown.
I have done all my pathways once, with two shoveling on both front and back deck.  I shoveled the walk to the carport and cleared it, shoveled a launch pad for my plow guy (or, if he doesn't show up, I can at least back out and get a running start down the driveway), cleared the mailbox (they may deliver the post in rain, sleet or snow, but the mail has to make it into the box to go out...) and then came in and made a cuppa.  I tried not to let the fact that the back deck was again covered in 3 inches of snow depress me thoroughly.  At least I don't have to drive in it.

I think I will now tackle the remaining three shelves in the pantry/cat room so that I can check that item off my list.  Which shows you how low I will go to avoid re-layering.

12 comments:

  1. My mother...sewed a piece of hanky to one cuff of one glove/mitten. and then safety pinned it to the back of the glove just for that moment when you need to wipe...sometimes she did not pin it and that seemed to work well to, not something you want to have on your mittens in town but great for choring and nose care on the farm.

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    1. Fiona - that is such a good idea! I have chore/farm mittens that I don't wear to town - I think I may steal her idea!

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  2. We are currently under a freezing drizzle advisory. Then we go from +2 celcius today to a balmy high of -29 celcius for Saturday. Ugh. Hope your snow melts as quick as it came!

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    1. Mrs DM - A freezing drizzle can be treacherous - especially for driving and walking. So you be careful. Unfortunately, there are no moderate temps in the near future here. Every night drops below zero. Joy.

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  3. Think of it this way: If you had gotten the 3 feet of snow predicted, you could have dressed once and then just burrowed in and slept on your deck fully clothed in your outdoor get-up, never having to remove it until . . . um, maybe spring? Seriously, that is the one thing I really dislike about winter -- how long it takes to suit up! I think you and I and Sue in Michigan (by the picture she posted a couple of days ago) could pass as triplets in our "ninja" costumes. Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. And, alas and alack, we're all past the age where we are trying to make a fashion statement!

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  4. Take care, stay warm, been wondering if you were getting all the snow predicted.

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  5. I posted today about cardinals too. That is so funny! Love your "get-up" for going out. I had to shovel out my mailbox yesterday. Not fun, but I got exercise too.

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  6. I don't envy you shoveling snow! We have a ton of cardinals in my yard, so they don't excite me, but I did see a few bluebirds yesterday. That did excite me.

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  7. All those layers but I love your colors! I don't exactly feel claustrophobic in all my stay-warm gear, but after awhile I get tired of the bound up feeling. That's when it's time to shed a few layers and go sit by a woodstove with a book. :)

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  8. Was wondering how you were doing with the snow dump - looks like you got it covered...literally!

    Maybe you should invent a little goat cart with a plow...?

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