We are enjoying our annual roller coaster ride up and down the weather map. The temperatures go from the low twenties one day to a high of fifty-nine the next. But hang onto your hats because the prediction is low teens to sub-zero in the next few days. This means we have to make good use of the good days and enjoy our indoor warmth on the cold ones.
We have had a couple of significant snow events. The "Ground Crew" did a lousy job, leaving a couple of inches of packed snow on the driveways for an early storm and didn't come back to clean up. Then we had a nice thaw so the bare driveways emerged. Then we had another storm, and the plows came and did little better. They threw sand in clumps in front of the door, which they say they have to do for insurance compliance, but they also threw it on the door step, which they are not obliged to do. I have put a sign in the door now asking them not to sand in front of the door. This is not "sand" as beach sand or even sand pit sand; this is gravel as in what the trucks throw at you when you follow them on the highway. A person could turn an ankle on some of it.
A limb has fallen behind my condo. I am grateful it was not the whole tree. Mr. Cardinal sits in the top of that tree in the summer, telling all the others this is his territory. There have been a lot of leafless limbs at the top for as long as I have lived here. I hope he can find another as I enjoy his cheerful song.
The Ladies of the Creek met for lunch. It was the same day as my music friends meet here, so I was among the missing. The next one in February will be no problem as it is an afternoon event - coffee and cookies in someone's home. Getting together is new for this community and seems to have struck a positive note. Nice in the winter to keep everyone's spirits up. And the gossip flowing.
My daughter-in-law says her horses are snug in their blankets with lot of hay. They have access to the covered run-in and several sheltered areas, but often prefer to stay outside. Big round-about devices hold bales of hay for them to feed on. It's a good life for them.
The animal shelters are full of needful animals, big and small. A fire at one recently left them short of blanket, toys and supplies. Maine is responsive to pleas for animals so they are getting replenished. I made a contribution of toys and supplies including some shampoo, toys and harnesses. My friend was taking over some blankets, towels and other items.