Good morning to all of you on this chilly Thursday! Actually, it felt very cold out there this morning with that strong wind blowing from the north. And there I was, outside for half an hour with a temperature hovering around 8F (-13C), with bare hands digging in frozen snow. Why was I doing such a ridiculous thing? I’m glad you asked. Bruiser and Browser, the twin bears, came back again last night and once more tore open my bag a garbage, scattering it over a wide area, tromping it into the snow where it was thoroughly frozen this morning.
The worst part is that Bruiser decided it would be more fun to do this in the neighbor’s yard instead of doing it out here like he did the night before. So he carried the bag over there to make his mess. Now, there wasn’t anything in there he wanted, he had eaten that the night before, but he didn’t know that. He just remembered finding some food in there so he figured there would be some more. He was disappointed to find nothing new was added so he proceeded to tear everything he could into smaller pieces so it would be harder for me to clean up the next morning.
Okay, I’m sure he wasn’t thinking of that, but that was just my thoughts added in for good measure. So there I am this morning, walking through deep, lumpy, frozen snow. It was lumpy because the bears and deer had been walking around all over making deep holes with their feet while the snow was still soft from melting, and now it was frozen, making it hard to walk without tripping and falling. Meaning that I did. It was impossible not to do so.
For those of you who don’t know, I use a cane for walking now, it’s the only way to stay upright at times. So walking through that snow wasn’t easy. And it had to be in the neighbor’s yard. His wife was at the patio door watching me the whole time. They don’t like the fact I feed the birds. Anyway, wearing gloves didn’t help picking up certain things that were frozen in the snow, so I had to use my bare hands for much of the job. I nearly froze my fingers, they are still stiff and it’s an hour later.
I’m sure a third of the bag is full of snow now, but I wasn’t going to worry about that when I was cleaning up in the neighbor’s yard. Oh well. I really hope these bears remember they are supposed to hibernate in the winter. Anyway, it’s cold, windy, but there are a lot of birds around this morning, so I am enjoying them. It’s a beautiful day after all, there’s even some patches of blue sky showing up. And even though we can’t see it, the sun is shining brightly. I hope you all have a beautiful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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