01-16-2015 Journal–Cold Noses and Horses!   Leave a comment

One of the biggest problems with this extremely cold weather is not getting to spend much time outside the house.  I’m able to run outside for short periods but anything longer than a few minutes is problematic.  Even my unheated workshop in the garage  is impossible to spend more than a few minutes in and I’m too cheap to pay for a space heater and gallons of kerosene.  The first week of this cold was bearable but each day that goes by without relief I become more and more antsy.

I ran out of patience yesterday and decided to grab my better-half, my camera, and just go somewhere.  As long as the car’s heater continued to work we’d be just fine.

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I’ve been wondering during the last few days how in the hell the wild animals survive this kind of weather.  I’m sure that many don’t but it’s amazing that any actually survive it at all. I noticed this morning that my house is being circled by a flock of birds which I haven’t been able to identify.  It’s like a scene from Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds”. They seem to be interested in the suet we have near the other feeders but they’re beginning to make me nervous.  Prior to their arrival we hadn’t seen much activity at all except for a few chickadees and those annoying woodpeckers. 

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During our foray into the ice and snow we took a ride through the Dayton area which is loaded with horse farms.  I was surprised to see quite a few horses out in the corrals wearing their coats and getting a little much needed exercise.

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Normally anytime we approach horses they walk right over to check us out. They’re always curious and looking for apples, carrots, or sugar cubes.  Not today though.  They were just as cold and miserable as we were.  They appreciated the exercise but headed for the barn every few minutes to warm up a little.

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Well it’s time to head back home for more reading and TV.  I miss the occasional walk on the beach even during the winter.  The current wind chill makes even that uncomfortable.  Hopefully we’ll see some warmer temperatures next week even if it’s only somewhere near thirty degrees.

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