I'm taking a rest from offering a give-a-way today. Seems like the thing to do.
We've been back in the deep-freeze again for several days. Last night it only got down to a couple of degrees below zero which seemed quite balmy. It's not that we haven't been staying warm inside but we sure are whomping through the wood. Papa Pea promises we have plenty of wood in the second shed to make it to spring but this time of year I always get a little nervous thinking about having to burn some wood that isn't properly seasoned. I do know we have A LOT of wood cutting to do first thing this spring, along with splitting and stacking it in the two wood sheds. Good thing we both enjoy wood working. My body almost yearns for all that bending, stretching and lifting. I'm ready to go at it.
My hubby made this peanut butter feeder for the birds out of a piece of maple many years ago. As soon as the weather gets cold in the late fall, I pull it out of storage, put in the first filling of peanut butter and hang it outside a kitchen window for the birds.
Then keeping it filled is a regular task all winter long. It's almost as if when the birds see the empty feeder taken in, they start lining up in a nearby tree waiting for the refilled feeder to come back out. This little chickadee pictured above landed almost as soon as I turned my back after hanging the feeder on its hook.
We continue to be very short of snowfall this winter. You can clearly still see the outline of the raised garden beds in this picture. This time of year nothing should be visible but a flat expanse of at least a few feet of snow.
And speaking of the garden, I've had seed catalogs and order forms piled on my desk (in total disarray, I might add) for going on two weeks now. I had a really good start on the task when I got involved in The Great Book Sorting Project, but in the past couple/few days since that's been finished, I haven't been motivated to dive back in and complete the ordering of the garden seeds. Maybe today?
Nope. I think not. I'm taking this day "off" except for the absolute necessaries. We have beautiful sunshine streaming in our south windows, and the combination wood stove/open fireplace in the living room is successfully making the room warm and cozy (despite an outside temp of only 3 degrees). My plans are for sitting on the couch with my knitting and a stack of library books on ideas for deck design and construction. Gotta get a handle on the re-doing of our south deck which is slated to happen this summer.
Have a great Sunday, y'all!
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