A mid-December Afternoon


The air bit at my face when I went outside to check on a couple things. It was just as I figured; the dry winter air mixed with a breeze evaporated a good part of the water in the bird bath.  I filled it back up with a pitcher of water while the winter air continued to bite at me.  It was a good thing that I remembered a stocking cap to cover my ears.

All of the bunny tracks in the snow around the base of the deck just told me what I could expect at the feed dish.  Yeh, that was half gone.  I topped that off too and I continue to look after a few of God’s creatures even tho I have yet to see one feeding there.  The trail of tracks going to and from the bushes let me know that they’re there even if I just don’t happen to see any of them.  But somehow it gives me a little comfort with the notion in my head that I’m helping something stay alive during a bitter cold month in central Minnesota.

The clouds in the sky looked somewhat ominous to me and they’re warning me about the snow that’s headed this way.  It also reminded me to check to see when the winter solstice will occur this year.  Six more days and then the days start getting longer.  Too bad the season doesn’t get shorter.  It’s going to be a long time until St. Patrick’s Day when I can think of planting my peas for a new garden.  But for now I wonder what it would be like to experience the winter solstice at Stonehenge.

Random Thoughts for Thursday


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You don’t wanna know how cold it was this morning.  I didn’t wanna know how cold it was this morning.  Let’s just say it was so call that polar bears moved here to warm up.  It’s a lovely and tropical -18C (0F).  It was a -23C (-10F) when I got on the train this morning.

I sure miss my work laptop.  I have to go to a community shared system to work now.  The company is great but there’s no privacy like I would have in my office.  It appears my system will not be ready for pick up today and I will have to come in tomorrow.  Ugh! At least it’s casual Friday and I can wear some jeans and some warmer gear.

I have most of my Christmas shopping done save a couple things.  I think I can knock that out by Tuesday evening.  It’s time to worry more about my Christmas dinner planning.

There’s a big snow headed this way starting tomorrow around noon.  I may head for home early if it starts before noon.  I know a usual commute home would be a nightmare.

Is eating Cheetos considered eating something vegetarian?