Posted on December 10th, 2013
It keeps snowing. Oh, not real snow, not wet snow, not snow-that-shuts-the-city-down (admittedly, that doesn’t take much). There was more this morning, but Pea has reached a state of snow ennui and didn’t want to go out.
The unusually cold weather has been more challenging. We’re nice and toasty (my heavy alpaca sweater is my current favorite item of clothing), but it’s been a pain to keep the hummingbird feeder from freezing. I’ve been bringing it in after sunset and putting it out in the morning, but if I’m not fast enough, I end up with an Anna’s hummingbird buzzing my head while I’m trying to hang it up. (Anna’s are now year-round residents this far north because of feeders, and since humans changed their behavior, I feel obliged to make sure they always have food. It’s circular, I know.)
Yesterday (and last Thursday), when it was cold, cold, cold, Pea and I went to the zoo with our friend RGP. Yesterday it was glorious–we were told we were the 27th, 28th, and 29th people into the zoo, and we arrived at 1 PM. (I parked three places in from the gate.) I realize it’s not good for the zoo’s bottom line to be empty, but it’s lovely to feel like you have the place to yourselves. Also, the animals were so much more interested/aware of us. (Thursday, even a chameleon climbed way down from his perch to study the three of us.)
But yes: cold. The bonus, of course, is that Pea was that much more exhausted by the end of the day than she would have been following an ordinary outing.
As for Christmas: I haven’t gotten any of the holiday decorations out yet, nor does it look like I’m going to be organized enough to send cards. (I’m still in denial that the year is almost over–I mean, I never got used to writing 2013 for dates.)
Baking, though: I’m all over that. Priorities, you see.