Morning Coffee At Steve’s Country #24.

Good morning to all of you on this somewhat frigid Christmas Eve day! I made sure there was extra coffee this morning, we will definitely need it. First thing this morning I get dressed to go outside, that takes about 10 minutes with all those extra clothes so I can put food out for the birds. Then a loud “CREEAAAK” as my door slowly opens against that mass of cold air. Then “CRUNCH, CRUNCH…” as I walk on the snow across the deck to the feeders. Then “BOOM, POP, CRACK…” as the wood deck complains about the polar air enveloping everything this morning. I put the food out as quickly as possible today and return inside to warm up from that bone-chilling cold that penetrated right through my clothes within minutes. Such is life with a temperature of -31F (-35C).

This is Scramble, a red squirrel that lives along the path to the river. He and I became friends this year.

I pity those poor birds living outside in that numbing cold. Especially those little chickadees, nuthatches and redpolls. There isn’t much to those tiny birds. Chickadees were here bright and early this morning as usual, quickly getting at those seeds, though I think all of them went for the suet first. That’s a quick source of energy for those little birds, helping them to stay warm while they start working on the sunflower seeds which are a longer lasting source of energy and vitamins for them. Chickadees and nuthatches will often, if they are able, hide some food close by where they roost for the night so they have some food available first thing in the morning to give them a good start for the day. I have watched them both take a sunflower seed with them when they head off to their roosting spots in late afternoon.

Another picture of Scramble, I would always bring him some peanuts when I went for my walk.

This morning Theodore showed up the same time as the first chickadees and he was certainly fluffed out trying to keep himself warm. While he stood on the feeder eating he kept one leg up hidden under his feathers, then after a bit he switched legs. Not easy keeping those long legs of his warm in this weather. He will spend the day switching legs like that except for when he has to walk around. But he had himself a good breakfast then disappeared somewhere else for awhile. He will be back again later I’m sure. Heloisa, the female hairy woodpecker was also here very early today, she’s getting a bit braver so hopefully I can get a pic of her soon. On a warmer day. Muffin and I thank you all for stopping by today and we hope it’s not so cold where you live. MERRY CHRISTMAS to each and every one of you as well from Muffin and I!!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2020 Steve McLeod.

37 Comments on “Morning Coffee At Steve’s Country #24.

  1. -31πŸ™ˆ πŸ₯ΆπŸ™€ yikes! I wish you plenty of hot coffee and sunshine through the window, Steve. Merry Christmas to you and Muffin and all the creatures. Mr. Cat also wishes his kitty-friend naps in the sunshine. πŸ₯°πŸ–πŸ˜» spring is right around the corner…🌱🌸🌼🌞

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    • Good morning Nina! Yep, too cold for me! The sun is trying to shine through the clouds but I don’t think it will happen.😬πŸ₯Ά
      Thanks Nina! Merry Christmas to all of you!πŸ˜€πŸ–πŸ˜»πŸŽ„
      Muffin meows Merry Christmas to Mr. Cat!πŸ˜»πŸ’•

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  2. Hello! Steve πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈHow are you? Hope all is well.πŸ˜ƒ Muffin 😻 How are you too😍

    Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas πŸ’ from the bottom of my heartπŸ’ž. Spend this day surrounded by your loved ones!

    With loads of Love πŸ’
    Simon & Nisha

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    • Good morning Simon!πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜Έ I’m doing fine, surprisingly I’m not doing anything to hurt myself for a change!
      Meow, meow!=Me fine too!!😻
      Thank you so much for a beautiful Christmas wish!😍
      Merry Christmas to you, NIsha and your family from Muffin and I!!😍😻
      It is just Muffin and myself for Christmas but I’m sure we will have a great day together, with all the outside critters too.
      With love from your cold friend in Canada,
      SteveπŸ˜ƒ (😺me too!)πŸŽ„

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      • Thank you so much Steve😍😻 Hope you and Muffin had enough fun on this special day πŸ’ Stay warm my dearest cold friend Steve πŸ˜πŸ’and warm friend Muffin πŸ˜»πŸ’

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      • We had a very quiet day, except for playing twice, so it was nice, and not so cold today,πŸ˜„ but too cold for a long walk,πŸ˜¬πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ so a short walk had to be done today.πŸ™‚ Have a nice weekend Simon!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸŽ„

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      • That’s great Steve😎😍 Walk, even if it is short, a walk is still a walk 😊 Enjoy your short walks and stay warm my dearest Blogger πŸ˜πŸ€—πŸ€—

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      • Yes indeed, don’t want to stop those walks completely! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and now happy Boxing Day! And I’m talking boxes, not fighting!πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸŽ

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      • Here stores are open, almost back to normal except Wearing masks 😷 so online shopping is way better and safe nowπŸ˜‰

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      • I like this online shopping more and more, never thought I would.πŸ˜πŸ€” They are finding more cases of that new virus strain here in Canada,😳 shows it’s been here for awhile.😬😬

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      • Yes indeed, I’m doing what I can to stay safe around here. I don’t go out much into public places anymore. Enjoy your evening Simon!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒ™

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  3. Good morning, Steve and Muffin! Wow! πŸ₯ΆπŸ₯ΆStay warm inside! Hope the best for the animals outside. Again, so glad you are helping them with food.

    Merry Christmas to you both!! 🌲🌨

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  4. Love the pics ! Hot strong coffee helped me to get going ! Thanks ! Since we can only have our household for Christmas because of Covid-19 , it will only be Larry and me….first time for 54 years ! Take care Steve and Muffin !
    MERRY CHRISTMAS ! πŸ˜»πŸ˜€β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸŽ„

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    • Yes, we have the same restrictions now as well. Glad you liked the pics and coffee!
      Merry Christmas to both of you from both of us!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŽ„

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  5. Brrrr! I haven’t experienced cold like this since I left the Arctic cold of Montana. This morning we have windchill cold in single digits (F). My snow shovel is begging to go to work.

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    • Our temp warmed up overnight from -15F last evening to -5F this morning, and going up to 15F. That’s above normal for us and it’s supposed to stay with similar temps right through to New Year’s day. I’m surprised you’re getting it so cold down there. Good coffee weather though!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•πŸŽ„

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