Midweek Coffee Chat. #29

Good morning to all of you on this very cold Wednesday! It was -31F (-35C) this morning, and that is just too cold. It is well below normal for temperatures for this time of the year. Exposed skin can freeze very quickly at this temperature. On the plus side, this is the last cold day for a while. It begins to warm up tomorrow and we will be back to above normal temperatures for a while. That will be much nicer.

Maybe my windows will defrost a bit so I can see outside again. The only window that does not frost over is the bedroom window. The other windows in this apartment are very old, so they have heavy frost on them right now. That makes it impossible to see the birds, unless I go outside. However, I do not really want to go outside on days like this. Too cold for me. I prefer to stay inside with my cup of coffee. Like right now.

January 1, 2021 at the river.

Anyone else want some coffee? I am about to make some more. This first pot disappeared rather quickly. The sun is shining on the tops of the trees, contrasting their sparkly branches against the blue sky. We had ice crystals falling earlier this morning, so many things still have a sparkly look to them when the sun is shining directly on the object. It is not quite as nice as sometimes however, the ice crystals did not last long enough I guess. Not quite nice enough for pictures.

It would be beautiful down at the river though. But I do not plan on walking down there in this weather. Perhaps on Friday, it is going to be much nicer weather by then. There is not much bird activity today. The chickadees and nuthatches are here like always and the woodpeckers show up now and then, there is one hairy woodpecker out there right now.

January 1, 2021 at the river.

There are not many blue jays this morning. After 2 hours half of their breakfast supply of peanuts are still out there. That is amazing. They are usually gone in 10 minutes. I guess in this cold weather, the blue jays do not want to travel far, and most of them come from quite a distance away. But they hide peanuts to use on days like this, that way they do not use up a lot of extra energy flying long distances. And they have a good memory, they can remember where they hide food up to 13 months, according to studies done.

January 1, 2021 at the river. Not much snow that winter and it was mild. A perfect winter.

All of our resident birds will hide food for winter use, and all have good memories like the blue jays. It is important to have this ability so they can survive our long, cold winters. Hmm, not a bad idea. I should try that, then I would not have to go out until spring. Wait, I still have to feed the birds. Oh well, it was a nice thought anyway. Time for more coffee, how about you? I hope you have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

17 Comments on “Midweek Coffee Chat. #29

  1. Black coffee not just runs in the cup, it in his blood 😁 wow that’s nice, the birds could remember like 13 months? I hardly remember where are my car keys right now, I just kept it safely somewhere like 2 hours ago ? Or was it 3 hours? Don’t bother, where is the key? See that’s how my memory is right now πŸ˜‚. But I can remember 15+ phone numbers and card, bank account numbers, CVV expiry date like that 😁. If food is important for birds, human can do better, a little bit of regular usage helps πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Have a good day Uncle Steve and Muffin,πŸ€—

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    • Yep, coffee in my blood for sure, keeps me from freezing solid! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉYeah, those birds do better than me too. I have the same problem trying to remember little details like where I put my keys. πŸ€”And like you I can remember numbers easily. I can even remember my phone number from when I was a kid, and addresses from back then too. But, where did I put my glasses? πŸ€”Or I forget my shopping list at home. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ™„Sigh. Have a great day Simon! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜»πŸŒ›β˜•β˜•β„οΈβ„οΈ

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      • That is awesome 😍… We both could remember the address and Numbers 😍. We got some serious skills 😁. If you take women they have this special memories like remembering the days when we did mistakes, for example my wife could say exactly with date and time when I disappointed her 11 years back, and she hardly remember my phone number which I call her 4 to 5 times a day πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Hey birds did u hear that one 😁😁😁😁😜 Have a lovely day Uncle Steve ✨❀️

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      • Is it really a skill to remember a number from 40 years ago? Women have remarkable memories for the important things! it’s the little details that they like to remember the most. And they are amazingly good at it too! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ€£

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      • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Yeah I had more bad experiences about that 🀣🀣🀣🀣. They are terrible in detailed memories πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. So are the windows that freeze over single pane? I would think in northern Ontario, the builder would have put in double or triple pane even decades ago. Canada has always been on the cusp of good construction to address the cold.

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    • These windows are from the early 1970s, they are two panes of glass, but separate panes, both slide independently, which is not so good. Back then it was good enough for our building codes which were not good at that time. In the 60s and early 70s all that was needed was 2 1/2 inches of insulation in walls and 4 inches in the roof, not really suitable for our cold climate. But the rules were made in southern Ontario where things are much milder than here. πŸ€”πŸ™„

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  3. I would like some coffee please ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ…nice pics of the the river…πŸ™‚πŸ˜»β—οΈπŸ₯ΆπŸ₯Ά

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    • Coming right up! Thanks so much! Hope you have a good sleep tonight Sharon! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜»πŸŒ›β˜•β˜•β„οΈβ„οΈπŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄

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  4. You are getting the temperatures that we usually get in November through February and perhaps in March. Here in the Far North it has been much warmer than normal, 17 F or -8 C, and snowing. Hope you see warmer weather soon. Your temperatures allow you to throw hot coffee or hot water in the air and see it vaporize! BRR!

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    • Well, we are supposed to return to warmer temps tomorrow and stay that way for a few days anyway. We usually don’t get cold like this until after Christmas once the lake has frozen over. But this cold hastened the freezing part now. Hmm, I have never tried that with water, I should next time! πŸ˜ƒπŸ™€

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