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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

All right, the snow was pretty, the cold was ..... (fill in the blank)

Posted Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 10:29 AM
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  • C'mon, Steve! So far it has been all positive numbers. Below zero is cold. Above zero on up to freezing is invigorating. 🆒️

    Too bad about the cats. 😓

    -- Posted by fair share on Thu, Jan 18, 2018, at 9:14 PM
  • I walked 15 miles on Monday, because I knew what was coming. But, I don't like to miss a day, so I walked 5 on Tuesday (really sort of fun in the falling snow), and 5 more on Wednesday (not nearly as much fun as it was just cold). Today was much more pleasant so I did 10... It probably would have felt cold if I had not been out Tuesday and Wednesday!

    I put out dog food pellets for the birds when it gets bad like this. I don't know if the pellets (Purina) are good for the birds, but they consume them all and have yet to complain.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Jan 18, 2018, at 9:31 PM
  • 20 is invigorating. Below that is .....

    Noticed a few more heads missing today as I was able to spend a lityle more time observing. BUT two big beautiful malesnhave shown up. I know they are ours ‘cause they come close and let me pet them but they will only stay for a few weeks.

    When ya need energy, I think almost anything will do! We will aed to throw out dog/cat food as well for the ground feeders but now get the cheap wild bird feed.

    Swuirrels have shown for the first time in years. I did not think we had a nut shortage so I guess it was just a meal of opportunity.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 18, 2018, at 10:45 PM
  • I had single digits, also, but they were in the negative column. Yesterday, it finally got above freezing for the first time since Saturday; Tuesday, the high was 13. At least, it wasn't the two weeks where it never got above the 20s; we had two days that the high was single digits. So, count yourself lucky down there.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Fri, Jan 19, 2018, at 9:04 AM
  • I know it could be worse. Used to travel in Canada and experience when fahrenheit and centigrade meet. (-40) it burned the thriat to breathe.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 19, 2018, at 1:36 PM
  • This blog started out about cats, so I forgot to mention that my cat, Messier Underfoot, has vanished. When I went to feed Tuesday morning, he wasn't there; I didn't think much about it as sometimes he is out catting about. I always put out some feed as he would eventually shoe up, but it was still there at noon. If he didn't go back to wherever he came from, he must have run into something that was bigger than him. I figure if it was a coyote, he could have climbed a tree; I don't think that the bobcat is still around. If it was a regular cat, it would have to be a awful big one.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Fri, Jan 19, 2018, at 7:11 PM
  • Sorry to hear that Tyger.

    If he is not fixed he could still be “catting”. We have some that visit for a week at a time, then are gone again. One big red is out there four days now.

    He probably knew it was a good place to lay low during the cold snap.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 19, 2018, at 8:42 PM
  • Thank God for heated water buckets! I'd never make it through the winter and neither would my horses. Sorry about all the cats that have been mentioned. Snow is pretty but it is nice when it goes away fast. The trees will all be happy for there drink of water this winter. hp

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Sat, Jan 20, 2018, at 5:19 PM
  • Messier Underfoot came sauntering in yesterday around one o'clock. Outside of looking like he missed a few meals, he looked none the worse for wear, though the didn't seem to be his usual self. This morning he was like his old self: underfoot. I guess he knew the weather was warming up and decided to go for a lengthy stroll.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Sun, Jan 21, 2018, at 8:32 AM
  • Good to read! I was hoping he had just been “strolling”.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 21, 2018, at 12:30 PM
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