Hello Sunshine!!

A beautiful sunshiny day but even the sun can’t fight this cold front that follows the snow storm. It looks so pretty and peaceful out there. The juncos and a few sparrows were eating on the deck but the dish was almost empty and the feeding station needed filling. I usually do that at night but not when it is snowing as it just gets covered in snow and I have to sweep it off and put new out for the birds so I did not do it last night. Right after I got organized I went out to do that. A squirrel had come up and chased the birds off so I chased him off and swept off the porch and ramp and a small patch of grass at the foot of the ramp for Otis when he gets up and wants out. I had some butter flavored shorting left over from the apartment and it was old even then as I never buy that it contains unhealthy fat and since the birds like the suet cakes so much I thought I would give them this too. Even if the birds won’t eat it I am sure the squirrel will, they loved my peanut butter. As nice as it looks out there the sun does not have much of a chance. It is 9 degrees out there right now and will only warm up to 12 degrees by this afternoon when it starts cooling off again. Tonight it called for a low of 1 degree and tomorrow it is forecasted to be partly cloudy and a high of 6 degrees so it looks like the 7 inches of snow we got will be with us for some time to come.

The birds have not come back yet but they will soon. I was visited last night by the rabbit. I have never seen him but he leaves his foot prints all over the yard and even up onto the deck and on the chairs there. That accounts of the noise I hear of the deck at night because the chairs are rocking chairs and they must rock when the rabbit jumps onto them. The building right behind my house there on the right is the storage/work shed for the park. I like having them there because there is always some one around if I fall and need help. And usually I am the first one to be plowed out after a snow fall but today is Sunday so you see no one is working. Most of the time on Sunday there is some one there and I bet they will come later but being Sunday we have church first.

Looking straight ahead you can see the snow cover next to my house. You also see my empty bird feeder, the birds are just now starting to come back. At first they come in drips and dabs, then the whole flock will come and that food will all be gone by noon when I go out and fill it again for the afternoon crowd.

Looking on down the street you can see who has snow blower. The man on the corner is the only one around here with a snow blower and he always gets right out and clears the sidewalk around his corner lot. It looks like he did the same for the woman across the street. I have not met either of these neighbors as I don’t go out much. I do understand there is a older lady in the house across the street and she seldom comes out. I did see her one day when her daughter came to visit and took her out for a ride. I waved to her but that is as much as I can do.

Now with the birds fed, the dog fed and sleeping again it is time for me to do up my dishes, organize my noon meal and pick out a good movie to watch as I knit. I have started Clair’s sweater

Joe came and had lunch with me and we played a game of Rummikub now he has gone back to work and I can finish this and go knit. As you can see I don’t have time in my day to take on even a part time job so I have scraped that idea and will just keep to my budget to make ends meet, no problem.

Have good day, keep well and be happy. God Bless you all.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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