I’m Hibernating!


It’s cold outside. Bloody cold. For the last few days, the thermometer on my porch has recorded minus 30+ celsius (-22F) or colder at daybreak. Add a north wind to that and it feels like -40+C (-40F)! We had a few ‘warmer days’ of around -10C 14F) but now it’s gone back to frigid temperatures which has stimulated Environment Canada to issue a Windchill Warning and the local health department to issue a Frostbite Warning.

The Weather Network claims that it’s going to warm up to ‘normal’, whatever that is…… It seems that winter should be wrapping up because we’ve had snow since November. In fact, by the time winter officially began on Dec. 21st, we had half the amount of snow we normally have for THE ENTIRE WINTER. These freezing cold temperatures usually sweep through at the end of January for a few days but this year it has been long and brutal.  My two wood stoves have been burning non-stop all day long.
The last time I drove to town was on December 23, 2013 – twelve days ago! I started the car after a week and let it run just to keep the battery charged up. Later that evening, I was glad I had because we ended up ‘rescuing’ a friend of Nellie’s who took a wrong turn and ended up stuck in a snow bank at the end of a nearby dark, deserted country road in record-breaking frigid temperatures.

Cardinal and Bluejay

Cardinal and Bluejay

It’s really important to me to keep my bird feeders full on such cold days. The wild birds around here are accustomed to being fed and depend on it. I buy beef fat from the local butcher to put in my suet feeders because the fat is really what they need, not the ‘bird seed filler’ in commercial suet. I only use local black-oiled sunflower seeds for my bird feeders – all types of birds love it: blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, chickadees, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, goldfinches………and even the squirrels.

One consolation of enduring extrememly cold temperatures is that it means that we don’t get any snow. So when it ‘warms’ up to -7C this weekend, we’ll be getting the gift of 20+ cms (8 inches) of snow! Oh well, a white, clean-looking landscape is pretty.








3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. df
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 18:50:13

    Wasn’t today much nicer after having to stay inside, away from that frightful cold!


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