Well, as is my wont, I set off for my brisk, 1-mile, 11pm after-dinner constitution — accompanied (as of late) by Braxton, off-leash — around 10:50pm. It was dry when I left the house. Then it just burst forth. A mini-blizzard. Whiteout conditions. I was glad that I was NOT driving. I was only out, max, for 25-minutes. See how much snow I accumulated. It was ‘fun’. Certainly was an experience.
I Do NOT Let A 28-Day February, With Some Bitterly Cold Days, Get In The Way Of My 500,000-Steps/Month Goal.
I only started this 500,000-steps/month goal last May (i.e., May 2020). Kind of walked that without setting out to do so, But, when I realized that I had walked 500,000 steps, I LIKED it. Decided to make it a goal. The following month, June 2020, was 30-days. Ooops! One day makes a difference.
I then decided that I will not let 30-day months get in the way. One days was not that difficult to surmount.
So, this was my 1st February.
Well, I set out to see what I could do. I did the sums. I had to walk, on average, 1,000 more steps a day than on other months. So, that is what I did. I like to bank up steps on good days. So, in February I did quite a few 20K days. That helped.
So, my streak is still going. 8-months & counting. SMILE.
Today’s picture was at the end, with 2-hours of snow in ‘my hair’. SMILE.
They got it wrong again. We weren’t supposed to get any snow till noon. Well, it started snowing, pretty steadily, around 9:30am. Well, I had to go for my 2-hour walk. I did.
At long last I have FINALLY learnt to dress warm for winter. So, this was what I looked like when I got back.
WOW. It bucketed down today — till mid-afternoon. Torrential rain & gusty winds. WHAT TO DO?
I could have tried waiting until it stopped — BUT then it might be getting dark, & I PREFER to limit my ‘night walks‘ to 2-miles or below. Plus, I wasn’t sure whether the dog wanted to go out. He did NOT. He was NOT having anything to do with this weather.
I, as I had done a month ago, wore TWO layers of outerwear. It kind of works. Outer latey gets soaked.
Snow is ALWAY much better than rain! Trust me. I know. Rain is wet. Snow not as much. When the ground is FROZEN (as it was today) they are BOTH slippery. That was an issue.
I wear the yellow glasses to keep the rain from my eyes. Pretty simple. Logical.
Well, I did 10,589 steps in this rain. SMILE. Felt good. I was SOAKED. But, I think I will live.
Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire. I am sure this is the earliest I have ever walked on it. To make it more interesting, it was VIRGIN snow. No snowmobile tracks on the main body of the lake. There was not even any animal prints once I moved away from our beach. Yes, someone had drawn a BIG heart by the beach — the bottom left picture (above).
I am leery when there are no snowmobile tracks. My logical is simple but impeccable. If the ice can support the weight of a snowmobile, I am all set.
But, as you can see from the GPS track, way up at the top, I did NOT venture too far from the shores. It is shallow close to the shore. So, if I fell in, I would only go as far as my waist. I can deal with that. Fallen through the ice 5-times before. SMILE.
It was a Goldilocks storm! Just the right level of both ice & snow. Not enough to cause any damage & necessitate much shovelling, but plenty enough to create an enchanting landscape. It was pretty. Then a couple of hours later it warmed up & was all gone!
Search ‘ice’ & ‘snow’.
Having A Woodpecker Visit You On New Year’s Day Is Supposed To Be Very Auspices (For OBVIOUS Reasons).
YOU do get it … right?
Woodpecker? Yes? No?
Just take my word. It does NOT get any better than this. Made my day.
Yes, this is my personal, OFFICE bird feeder, 45′ off the ground, 5′ from my right hand … as I type.
Yes, I have TWO (2) hula-hoop girls on my windowsill. Don’t YOU?
Search ‘bird feeders’.
Those of you who have been longtime followers of this blog know that we like bird feeders . We have quite a few — though we have been forced to pare back after our four bear attacks this Summer, & I am the first to admit that it was OUR fault & not the bears in that, each time, we forgot to bring the feeders in.
Now our emphasis is on window feeders in places that bears can’t reach.
I jerry-rigged this one. It is not a birdfeeder per se. It is a metal shelving unit I modified to hang outside my office window. It is about 4′ feet from my right hand as I type.
I have to open the window, even in the winter, to fill it. I don’t mind. It tooks MONTHS before the birds discovered it. It is WAY UP. I guess they didn’t expect to find a feeder. That is why I try to make it colorful.
The white background. SNOW. Not PhotoShop. SNOW. Snow on the garage roof which is below.
Bolting the two halves together.
The two halves are well supported & I have numerous bolts & nails holding them together. BUt, since the split is only about 18″ from the ground I had been thinking of building a small retaining wall around the tree & filling it with earth & fertilizer. Basically burying the wound underground so that it could heal in peace. Maybe take root. But, first I had to let the snow melt.
Then yesterday we got 20″ more of snow. The split is buried. To make sure we shoveled more snow around the tree. So, now we have a mound of snow around the tree. The wound, packed in Miracle Grow, is well buried. This might help. It sure will NOT do any harm. Of that I am sure. It will be March, the earliest, before all that snow around the tree will melt. Then I can go ahead with my retaining wall.
The tree at night.