Thursday’s Thoughts. #29

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.

A black-capped chickadee in their favorite shrub.

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.

Red-breasted nuthatch.

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.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

13 Comments on “Thursday’s Thoughts. #29

  1. The bears at your place again ? And making a mess ? Perhaps they will stay put now ! Here’s hoping ! Have a pleasant day both of you ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ™‚πŸ˜»β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • I hope they won’t return, but they probably will. I guess they haven’t had enough food to last the winter yet. But I won’t be keeping any garbage or feeders outside at night. I just hope they don’t try to break my main feeder.
      Right now I’m staying indoors and resting my back. Thanks Sharon, you as well!πŸ˜πŸ˜»β˜•β˜•πŸπŸŒΉβ„β„β„

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  2. Steve, picking up the garbage strewn by the bears sounds miserable. I surprised you don’t have bear proof garbage receptacles. Leaving them inside until collection is a nuisance but one I would do. What an unpleasant job, 2 days in a row! Trust you are warmer. If your hands are still cold, but them in lukewarm water and then increase the temperature a bit. Also a hot shower works too. Trust your day goes much better. Abundant healing mercies to your back!

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    • Apartment buildings here do have bear proof receptacles, but my apartment is just attached to a house. The owners built it for some extra income. So no such things are provided. But there was never a problem before either. Even in summer I could keep my garbage outside, bears never came around. But there are a lot more bears in the area now, the town really should consider reducing the bear population. They did try relocating them, but the bears always came back, they didn’t take them far enough away. Cleaning it up in the neighbors yard was worse than it was here. Oh well, bears should be hibernating now, I don’t understand why these 2 are still around. But I guess they haven’t put on enough fat to last the winter. Thanks, I’m just resting today now, the arthritis in my hands is terrible today, as is my back. Hope you have a great day, God bless!

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