Thoughts For Thursday. #2

Good morning to all of you! It is another nice mild morning here with a temperature of 7F (-14C). So nice to go out and feed the birds without having gloves on. There was an inch (2.5cm) of new snow out there this morning so I had to clean off all the feeders. The chickadees, redpolls and pine grosbeaks were waiting patiently for me to get things cleaned up and fresh seeds put out for them. And they certainly came down quickly once I was finished! The sun is now shining and the feeders and trees are full of birds right now. The evening and pine grosbeaks look so nice as they sit in the trees with the sun shining on them.

Baxter and Betty, the blue jays, are here this morning too and are spending more time here than they have all this year so far. It is always nice to see them out there. Even though Baxter is so friendly, he still will not come to my hand for food. Very odd. Actually, I have never had a blue jay land on my hand but I have seen many pictures of people with blue jays on their hand. But I have had Baxter and one other blue jay land on my knee to get a peanut while I was sitting out there. Maybe I just need to spend more time with them.

There is still open water at the river, even with all the cold weather we have had.

That is a little hard to do in the winter however and they are not around for most of the summer during their nesting time. Well, I made it to the river yesterday! That was my first time down there since the end of July last year. It was a beautiful walk, though it was not an easy walk. The person who looks after keeping the trail open with his snowmobile has only made one trip down there this winter, and only a single track. Usually he makes it double width and makes a couple trips back and forth which makes a very nice trail to walk on. This time however, the snow was still quite soft which makes the walking much harder.

Gives the legs a good workout though and my legs were complaining a lot by the time I got home. My back complained the most however. That is because someone stole the bench from down at the river, so I had nowhere to sit and rest my back. That is quite essential for me so I can walk back home comfortably. Fortunately there is a tree stump there, but it has been cut at an angle so a person cannot really sit on it, more like leaning on it. But it did help a lot, however it was still a hard walk back home.

Looking across the river from where the bench used to be.

The beauty of the walk made it worth the extra pain however and I plan to try again tomorrow. I will talk more about the walk on Saturday. The scenery was just beautiful. As you can see in the pictures, there was open water still, though not as much as last winter. Still, it was nice to see, and there were 2 goldeneye ducks swimming and diving out in the water. I did get a lot of pictures along the path which I will be sharing over the next days. Thank you for stopping by to read, I hope you all have a most wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. (top image showing snow filled trees along the path)

©2022 Steve McLeod.

30 Comments on “Thoughts For Thursday. #2

    • Hi Lillian! So nice to hear from you today! Interesting we have the same kind of weather right now. Muffin is doing fine, having a very active day! I hope you have a beautiful day!😀😻🌞☕☕


  1. Excuse me if I ask outside topic .Do you know in your town households who have installed wind turbines to produce electric power from renewable energy resources?
    Are they quiet or they make sounds ?

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    • We don’t have any in this area at all. Apparently they work best in more open areas which we don’t have around here. All our electricity is from water, hydro dams on rivers. They use them in the southern part of our province but people complain about the noise they make.


  2. For once it’s warmer here than it is where you are. But we’re in the middle of a Chinook which are usually short-lived. I still find it cold here but it could be much, much work. Restrictions aren’t in full force but there are lines. I’m waiting in line for my caffeine fix….

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    • Hi Hilary! Yep, we don’t get any benefit from those Chinooks, but at least we are milder than it was before. However, we are heading back to cold next week. Hope you don’t have to wait too long!😀☕☕

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      • It took me twice as long to walk home because of the icy sidewalks but I did eventually get my steeped tea. I also got a bagel because I had a mobile coupon, and the steeped tea was free because #timpoints so yay for free food.

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      • Right? I kept praying that I wouldn’t fall and resorted to walking in the middle of the road where it wasn’t icy. Some other pedestrians must have thought I was nuts, but I am nuts and I own that. My balance is terrible so it’s not worth the slipup. See what I did there?

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      • Very good Hilary! I would have done the same as you, and have done it here as well. Besides, there are no sidewalks in this area of town. Right now the whole street is slippery so I don’t like walking on it at all. But it’s the only way to get to the path I walk to the river.

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      • Instead of birdseed, you might want to bring a bucket of salt to sprinkle on the path. Here we can’t use salt… we have to use salt/gravel.

        No caffeine for me today since I have to be in bed by 7pm tonight. I never sleep on these nights and will probably be plagued by insomnia again. 😴

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      • I don’t think they would like it if I brought salt onto a wilderness reserve area. It is owned by the Indigenous people to be kept as a wilderness area. It was purchased from them by our paper mill back in the 1920s but given back to them for this purpose when our mill closed down.
        I hope you can sleep well tonight, you need it for work tomorrow.😁🌙😴

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      • I was half joking when I mentioned the salt 😂 Be safe out there! No slips and trips allowed… not on my shift at least 😅 (This is what I tell my patients).

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  3. Amazing pictures, the scenery is simply awesome…. beautiful photography Uncle Steve … Hope your back is fine now… take good rest Uncle Steve and Muffin is also hope she is warm.🥰

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  4. Lovely pics Steve ! Sorry to hear that the bench is missing…maybe the person who put it there in the first place has reclaimed it ! Have a restful sleep ! 😴

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  5. So nice photos of winter nature and so happy to read that the birds all there near you
    for food and not so cold also 🌷🙏the pain coming time you apply ice packs, so much
    relief you can feel , few days try please 👍🏻🙏 Take care and Blessed Friday 👏🌷✨

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    • Thank you so much, I am glad you are enjoying the photos and what I write! It’s cold again today, but tomorrow and Sunday will be milder.😁😺 Thank you for the advice, I will try that out. Have a wonderful weekend!😀😻🌞☕☕🌺🐦

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      • Yes, true 🌷🙏your every post we can see the innocent love to
        birds , squirrels and animals and the sweet home so paradise
        World to them ♥️🌷👏 🐈you take care health , Ice packs so
        Useful, always keep freezer , body pain can apply this pack 👌🌷
        Today I’m busy , my children family coming to celebrate my
        Granddaughter Krittika’s graduation 👩‍🎓 grace wishes 🌷🙏🌷


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