We missed the snowstorms that hit the coastal areas yesterday, but even for this confirmed North Country gal, this is a hard cold.
Our thermometer hangs close to the house, near a furnace vent, and so it always registers a little "warmer" than the actual temperature. Yes, we should get around to moving it to a better location. But not today.
Recently, I cooked up a large batch of homemade bird suet from this recipe . It is already nearly half gone. I put out cake after cake and the cold-weary birds keep coming and hungrily feeding there.Three kinds of woodpeckers, chickadees, sparrows, nuthatches, and even the normally ground-feeding juncos are regular visitors to the suet feeder.
It is cold, deeply cold, and I am happy to share with them such as we've got.
We have an elderly acquaintance who lives in our town, a hard-working widow who heats her modest home with expensive kerosene. I will see her tomorrow. I hope she will allow us to help with a little something toward her heat bill. This is a tough winter to be stretched for cash.
The headlines tell us that the income inequality debate is now in the mainstream.
I hope so.
It is very cold out there.