Another Christmas Tree…Part 2.

White breasted nuthatch

Hi everyone!  It’s another, well, winter day.  And it’s time for part 2 of our adventure,

Looking for another Christmas tree…

I’ll scout around a bit, I said.  It was quiet.  No wind.  Cloudy.  At the base of a pine tree up pops a little brown head.  He looked around a bit.  Then jumped out of his little tunnel and up the tree he went.  Looking for some lunch no doubt.  Speaking of lunch, I was starting to get hungry.  I got back to dad.  Nothing good off that way, I said.  Let’s go this other way, said dad.  He still wanted me to go first.  There was a lot of undergrowth in that direction making it a bit harder to walk.  Poor dad, tripped over a little tree and down he went again.

It was a dull, cloudy, snowy day and this female purple finch didn’t seem to be enjoying it.

Three times already, I said.  Never mind, said dad, these snowshoes were a crazy idea from the start.  A lot easier in this deep snow, I said.  Dad didn’t believe me for some reason.  It wasn’t easy getting him up again, dad was a rather big man.  Poor dad, both boots were now full of snow, which was melting, giving him wet feet.  Dad complained about that which unfortunately got me laughing again.  Ha, ha, said dad.  See, you think it’s funny too, I said.

A little red breasted nuthatch enjoying his lunch. These birds enjoy sitting upside down while eating, sometimes sideways, seldom upright.

Dad started laughing hysterically at that point and he wanted to rest again so I went on ahead to look.  Found a real nice tree close to that spot.  Hmm, Dad has the saw.  Back I went.  Dad let me have the saw.  He didn’t want to go any further.  Got the tree and returned to where Dad was waiting.  Now it was snowing.  Heavily.  Amazing how quickly it started.  I handed Dad the saw.  You carry it, said Dad.  I already have the tree, I said.  Oh well.

Poor dad was having trouble with those snowshoes…

So he decided to take them off and walk instead.  Not a good idea, that snow was deep.  After a little ways trudging through the snow, which was waist deep, he fell backward.  How did you manage to land on your back?  Never mind, he said.  He had snow all over his face.  And down his neck.  I tried to brush the snow off his face.  Dad screamed again.  I guess brushing his cold face with my rough mitts didn’t feel too good.  When I stood up some snow got pushed on top of his face again.  Dad was sputtering and waving his arms.  By this time I was laughing so hard I could barely stand.

A male downy woodpecker, our smallest woodpecker, also enjoying lunch.

Why do you wave your arms so much?, I asked, when I could finally talk again.  Why do you laugh so much?, he asked.  You keep doing funny things, I said, and continued laughing.  When did you take your glasses off?, I asked.  Oh no!  He lost them in the snow.  I’ll help look, I offered.  Stay back!  Odd.  He actually found them fairly quickly.  And by now there was almost 2 inches of new snow.  We did walk a long way.  Finally back at the car poor Dad was huffing and could barely walk.

Another look at that buck seen yesterday. He was shy at first, but came up quite close after a bit.

The snowshoes would have been easier, I said.  Forget it, he said.  Then it was off to our favorite coffee shop.  Laughing all the way.  I was at least.  It stopped snowing by the time we arrived there.  Nothing like a good cup of hot coffee after a refreshing walk like that, I said.  Dad just looked at me.  But he did enjoy his coffee, and late breakfast.  I hope you all have an enjoyable day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.


203 Comments on “Another Christmas Tree…Part 2.

  1. Was finding the “good” tree worth it all ? Apparently …you both do this year after year ! Loved the “hunt” ! Keep writing about your treks !

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  2. Like father like son, eh? Fun silly memories.
    What have you named the buck? He is handsome.
    Good day today at the remodel—I’m exhausted! Cross eyed tired…😵

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    • Thanks for reading this Nina! I have been trying to see if there was something different about this buck so I could pick the right name for him. However, no oddities about this critter so I think I will name him Barker, not positive yet though. He just doesn’t show up that often, mostly it’s the does.
      That’s so interesting, never knew you did that kind of work. It can be very tiring all right, but it’s so nice seeing the progress being made.
      Hope that other link worked for you. Enjoy your evening Nina!😁😸🌙


  3. Haha that’s a sure laugh to read both of your atrocities 😂😂 poor him got his feet wet, covered himself with snow late food 😉🙄 he must’ve had that big sigh that time. Tell me this, does it hurt tripping or falling on snow? 🤔 I don’t have such experience or a snow walk or a fall in snow😛🤪 Have a beautiful Friday ✨💐

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    • Glad you enjoyed it Simon! He actually didn’t sigh that time, I think he was too tired out walking in that deep snow!😂 The snow where we were was soft, so it doesn’t hurt, but it is hard getting back up in soft snow.🙄 There is hard packed snow in windy areas that can be hard as ground so then it can hurt.😬 The snow was deep too so when you fall then you get buried in the snow!😲😳 It can actually be dangerous if you’re by yourself. Never a good idea to be out alone in the winter here. I have some adventures coming up showing the dangers.🤪🤪🙄
      Thanks Simon, have a great evening!😃😺⛄🎄

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      • Hi Steve, Well thank you for this update, i thought the winter time is as equal as summer time, and winter is all fun. But I’m definitely wrong about it. And it’s dangerous too. I know why you like warm place that much. I invite you to my place to get tanned 😁 you are always welcome ✨😉Have a great Friday ✨🤗💐

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      • Winter can be fun at times. If you like to ski,😃 great way to break all your legs.😬 Sledding is fun,😃 as long as you don’t hit a tree.🤕😱 Snowshoeing is great,😃 but not by yourself,🙄 especially if you fall down and can’t get back up so you freeze to death.😲🥶 Cross country skiing is fun on the lake,😃 unless you break through the ice and drown, does happen.😳 So you see, winter can be fun too.🤪🤪😜😜⛄⛄🙄
        Get the spare palm tree ready,🌴🌴 here I come!😂😹🙄

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      • My god, these many games exist, wow, i should start watching some sport news channel. 🙄 🤔 Wonder why I’m never interested to read news,😋 Come on Steve Palm trees are always ready ✨🤗 Waiting for you ☺️

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      • Then there is snowmobiles too, they go racing on the lake at 120kph, but sometimes fall through the ice and people drown. Lots of fun winter games here. Then there’s plain old walking at -35C with the wind blowing so that exposed skin freezes in less than 5 minutes. Lots of fun here.😂😂😹😹🙄
        Muffin locked the door and won’t let me out.😼😼😭🌴😳


      • Are these sports game 🥺 very dangerous. Why people love such dangerous games 🤔 have you ever played these? How was your experience 😉 it’s-35 out there, why on earth you would like to go out, 🤪 muffin must have thought like that 😂. Have a good night Steve ✨🤗💐

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      • Have never been on a snowmobile, too dangerous for me and too cold!🥶🥶 I have tried all the others, lots of fun.🤪😜🙄Wait until you read some of the crazy things I did in winter. That will start in January.😲😲😲😬⛄⛄Have a great Saturday Simon!😁😸🎄

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      • No that’s going to be only fun to remember, what memories would we create without doing stupid things 🤪 Waiting for your post 😁

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      • Oops, how did I miss this one? There will be new things happening at Steve’s Country starting in the New Year! Did I tell you about my new series?😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • New things? New series? Wow!! looks like we got tons of surprises already. ✨🤗 Can’t wait to unpack your surprises ✨😍🥰

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      • Yep, you’ll get to meet the not so world famous private investigator Steve and his trusty companion Muffin as they solve mysteries all over. Oops, I don’t want to say too much. Have a great night Simon! Get lots of sleep now while you can before you start traveling!😴😴😴😁😸⛄🎄


      • The trailer is exciting ✨🥰😍 Thanks for the trailer Steve.✨ yes, i need a lot of good sleep before i lose a month of sleep 😂😋. Have a good day Steve 💐

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      • Yes Steve, new place is always a health trouble for me. I must get back to home soon.😉 Hope my works get complete before the timeline 😁

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