Good morning everyone! It is another cold morning, with the temperature hovering around -40, which is the same for F and C. Stepping outside this morning with that stunning cold is quite an experience. Even though I have felt that several times this winter, and many times throughout my life, it is still hard to believe. People often think I should be used to these temps by now. I do not think a person ever gets used to such cold weather. It is there, we live through it, but we do not get used to it. It is just something we live with because it is part of where we live.
Please do not think I am complaining a lot because I talk about our weather. I am just trying to convey what it is like to live in the type of climate we have in this part of the world. The sun is just beginning to shine on the tops of the trees, the sky is maily blue with small wisps of clouds visible from my window. At least I can see out of one window, which is somewhat odd, because other winters this window beside my chair is usually frosted solid from top to bottom.
Unfortunately I cannot see the bird feeders from this window, but I can see the birds as they sit in the trees which are only about 7 feet (about 2 meters) away from the window. They are young trees, about 15 feet (about 4.5 meters) tall. There is a birch, two black walnut, and a black ash tree. And right across the fence from them is the neighbors cherry tree. The birds use them a lot since they are the closest trees to the feeders.
Watching those tiny birds on days like this is quite amazing. I think they are the toughest critters around. Forget bears, they hide away and hibernate all winter, and I am very thankful for that too. But these tiny birds do something the bears cannot, they survive outdoors in the most terrible of weather conditions. And they will still chirp and sing like they are quite happy.
There is a good lesson for us people. When things get tough for us, we grumble and complain. Be honest, it happens. And I’m not talking about the weather, but about problems that come into our lives. These little birds, like chickadees, go through amazingly hard problems of winter and still keep on, and will even sing through it all. We can learn a lot from birds and other animals. Thank you so much for joining Muffin and I this morning, have a great day, enjoy another cup of coffee and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
©2022 Steve McLeod.