With the early morning temperatures reaching down to the mid-20’s, daily chores start outside. It’s not like we have a farm, but we do aid the wildbird population by providing water and food stations. The birdbaths are frozen and get a quick dumping of the ice and addition of quarts of warmish water. The hummingbird feeder is brought in and defrosted on top of the heat vent as I change the birds water. Additional food is scattered along the railings for those lazy ones that don’t want to join the feeder mayhem.
Today I snagged two Pine Siskins who were struggling with the low temps. Back on Monday, I brought one inside for a warming (contained in a lidded box). After an hour, it was actively trying to escape, so I released it back onto the feeder. The two today warmed at different rates, one being released after one hour, the second after two. I suspect the longer warmer was probably the same bird from Monday. There will be several more days of cold temps so I’ll probably be bringing in one or two birds tomorrow morning. Bird #2 certainly won’t be surviving much longer.
On Tuesday, Ms MeMe kitty went off for an eye-tuck surgery and dental. She had been experiencing ongoing eye infections for the past several years. Part of the problem sprang from her eyelids turning inward and the lashes rubbing on her eye. The solution was to remove a small part of the lower lid. We have experienced this with a prior dog (our basset hound Chloe) so it wasn’t too surprising of a solution. She continues to feel better daily and fight us like crazy when we have to dose her eyes with goop. When she can’t be monitored, she gets the “cone of shame” with pink trim. The below photo was taken this morning during one of her break times.
And, of course I had to take a shot of Moby. Nothing like sleeping in the morning sunshine!
It is Thanksgiving but we won’t be celebrating with the traditional turkey dinner and family gathering. Instead, we’re doing BBQ’d pork ribs on our own. Should be yummy!
A Happy Thanksgiving to all!