This very cold and then moderating and then rainy / gray winter has certainly been interesting. And now that winter will probably be settling down in earnest (and we’ll be paying more attention, with Christmas moving into the past tense), we’ll have to see what name it will carry, what memories it will leave behind.
I’m hoping it will go along with my friend Teresa’s sighting of woolly worms in the fall – very cold at each end, moderate otherwise. Which would be right about now.
The squirrels are acting like they are in danger of starvation, though they are still quite chunky. And there are more cardinals than ever. With bold chickadees, tufted titmice, white breasted flycatchers staying all year, lots of pale and drab finches, and so many cardinals. It is pure pleasure to send out a handful of no mess birdseed, shelled peanuts included, and watch 15 or 20 of them land in less than a minute.
I have not yet caught up with the leaf raking – hoping that tomorrow, New Year’s Day, will provide some time for clearing at least one lawn. What joy to live in such a natural place, 5 minutes from fountain Square.
Aaaaahhhhh. Happy New Year!