Winter Insulators! Part 3.

Finally got down to his stomach.  That’s why you can’t get out, I said, pointing to his stomach. HA. HA. Said dad.  Here, I will put this crossarm across the hole and maybe you can help pull yourself out, said I.  Good idea, said dad.  So I slid it across the snow.  THWOCK!  Oops, sorry about that.  Got dad right on the side of the head.  You shouldn’t have bent over like that, I said.  The look on his face, amazing.  I moved the crossarm in front of him.  Wait, said dad, my glasses fell off in the snow.  You lose those glasses a lot, said I.  Dad just looked.

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These are the kinds of insulators we were looking for, there are actually several different shapes, sizes and colors.

While dad was trying to pull himself out I was busy digging around his back and tossing the snow off to the side.  AAAAA!!!!, yelled dad.  Oops, sorry, guess some snow got down your neck that time.  You guess? That was a lot of snow, said dad.  Barely a handful, I replied.  It took quite a while but we finally got him out of that hole.  You know, this is the third time something like this has happened to you, I said.  Dad just looked and said, bonehead!  Amazing that he would enjoy this.  Let’s have our coffee, said dad.  Great idea!

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This bird feeder is busy with purple finches.

We found a sheltered spot among some spruce trees, even a log to sit on.  Dad was a bit uneasy about that, but there was no other choice, neither of us wanted to sit on the snow.  And it was a short log, so we had to sit fairly close together.  Dad was certainly sighing a lot for some reason.  Dad sat down, so did I.  Well, said dad.  Well what?  Where’s the coffee?  You have it in your back pack, I said.  Dad asked, why did you put it in my backpack?  I didn’t, said I.  Remember, mom made it so there wouldn’t be any complaints this time and she told you to bring it.  Dad just looked.  Then he looked in his backpack.  Nothing.  I looked in mine.  Nothing.  Wow, that had to be a record sigh, I said.

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A downy woodpecker at the suet, but he spotted something.

Never mind, let’s get back to getting those insulators.  My feet are all wet, he said.  You shouldn’t have put snow in your boots, I said.  At that point I couldn’t take it any longer and I started laughing, and just couldn’t stop.  Dad just looked.  Here, don’t forget to take the axe with you.  Me?  My feet are wet, you can’t expect me to go out there in that wind. Now it was my turn to sigh.

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And a female hairy woodpecker takes over the suet.

Off I went back out to those crossarms.  That wind was sure getting cold out there on that frozen pond as I tried removing more of those crossarms from their frozen prison.  And it wasn’t easy.  And dad just sat over on the shore in safety and in that small stand of spruce so he didn’t even feel the wind. Sad.  Making me do all the dangerous stuff.  And,

To be continued…

This should have been out yesterday, but the day ended up a bit busier than I thought, so I got a bit behind.  Coffee with Steve should have come out yesterday too.  It will be out a little later today.  And “Touring my Town” will be out on Thursday instead of today.  Or perhaps later today.  Hard to tell sometimes.  But I hope you all have a great day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

24 Comments on “Winter Insulators! Part 3.

  1. You both took chances going on supposedly frozen ponds etc….whenever I hear a crack in the ice I turn back ! And no coffee ? I admit that I chuckled about it !🙂😀😂

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    • Yep, we were like that, it’s actually amazing some of the things we did…and didn’t tell anyone about! That was one time dad couldn’t blame me for the coffee, or lack of it!😂😹☕☕

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  2. Hi Steve, So what you both did for coffee 🤪 why you people have coffee all the time 🤔 Like i have black tea all the time 😜. we call the milk tea as Chai and it’s damn famous you’ll get almost in every second street, and these people earn a lot than us ☺️ and what did you feed the woodpecker 🤔suet 😯 . I was a bit late reading blogs this time, I’m busy studying a book😁

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    • Why coffee????????????😳😳😳😳😲😲😲😲😬😬😬😬Coffee is the best thing there is to drink! Forget tea. Okay, I drink tea too, but not in the morning, has to be coffee in the morning.☕😀😀 Just isn’t morning without coffee. ☕😜Can’t eat breakfast without coffee.☕🤪Suet, a mix of fat from meat, lard, and peanut butter. Very good for birds, it’s high in energy, helps them produce body heat more easily so it’s good for cold weather.🥶🔥Thanks for reading this Simon, always appreciate your input!😄😸⛄☕🌲

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      • It’s quiet opposite here, you should replace that coffee with Tea in all places. It’s tea lover’s here 😍😍 Never had a morning without Tea😍. Oh that’s a fat, it looked like cheesecake, Thanks for the information Steve 😍✨🕵️

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      • Amazing. No coffee?? I couldn’t survive. Coffee is the best, in the morning. I like tea in the afternoon and evening though. Herbal tea mostly, like mint, raspberry leaf, strawberry, blueberry, Labrador tea.😁😸😄☕☕😋😋

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      • Wow, you have a wonderful tea varieties, what are those, I’m going to note it. Should taste all of it, Once i tasted a tea i forgot it’s name, green colour one it was good 😋 Labrador tea😳 like a non veg tea, don’t tell me it’s made of Labrador dog.😁

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      • Labrador tea is a plant that grows in swampy areas and it’s leaves stay on all year so they can be accessed easily year round. It’s a very common plant here, in northern Europe and Russia. I don’t know if you can buy it anywhere, I haven’t seen it anyway. I pick my own.😁😋☕

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      • Yup, i got it, i was searching for that in Amazon 😒 i didn’t got it 🙄 It’s okay, i have my own variety of tea leaves to live with 😍😁 Thank you Steve for the explanation 🤗

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      • I think Labrador tea is our most common wild tea, well, except for maybe raspberry and blueberry. Blueberry roots can be used for coffee too!😄😋😋☕

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      • We use herbal roots that looks red to drink warm water. We put that root in that and it turns a bit red and it’s healthy 😁 Almost like a tea process. Blueberry roots in search 🕵️

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      • Blueberry leaves make good tea, fresh or dried, even add some dried blueberries to the dried leaves. Red water, sounds interesting. I like trying all kinds of herbal stuff. Some tastes good, some doesn’t.😀😺🤔🙄😜

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      • Yeah Steve, it’s called Pathimugam roots from part of Kerala. It will turn your water colour into slightly pink, and it will Help you stay not thirsty and helps purify blood and helps diabetic patients. Try this herbal drinking water if it’s available in Amazon at your place😋😉

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      • I will check it out. I’m glad I don’t have to pronounce that word, my tongue would be tied up for a week.😳🙄You’re still up?🤔 No wait, that’s me, you’re getting up.😂😄

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      • Haha 😂😂 yeah quiet tricky to pronounce that, “pa thi mu gum” 😋 You’re still up 😳🤔 Isn’t it late evening by now😉 Time for Bed Steve 🤗 Have a peaceful night..✨

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      • I know, I’m tired too, up too early this morning.🙄🤪 But I still have some things to do first.😀🙄 Sigh. Thanks, have a great Friday Simon!😄😸🌞

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      • Are you working on something ✨🤔😉 That’s sounds great, but it’s almost bed time, i suggest a good sleep 😋

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      • That’s a good suggestion, I will definitely think about it if my brain starts to work again.🤔🙄😄 Sigh. Oh, it is getting late, okay, I’m off to bed,😴 Good night Simon!😄🤪🌙😴 Enjoy your day!🌞

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