It’s winter, it’s cold, nuff said!

img_20190131_083654It’s been a cold few days in Central Ontario, but that’s winter, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  The bone-chilling temps and accompanying wind certainly go through a body, bringing tears to the eyes and a quickness to footsteps.

Almost everyone on the radio, TV and in the grocery line exclaim to all who will listen that winter is dreadful this year, way too cold, and with too much snow.  Maybe for some this is true, but for me.  I live in a place that seems to revel in each season.  Here,  winter isn’t ‘the end of the world’!

img_20190131_103618The country road I travel each day also sings a happy winter tune.  The snow plows, snowmobiles, snow tires in deep snow, and the sound of winter boots on packed snow are sweet notes in my ears.  I love winter equally as much as other seasons.  Despite the bone-chilling temps of late, I look forward to opening the back door in the morning and taking in that first deep breath of cold, clean winter air.  Living in the woods in the winter always makes me feel alive, invigorated and blessed.

 

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U.S. moves ahead with oil leases near sacred park — NBC News Top Stories

Image: The ruins of Una Vida house built by Ancient Puebloan People in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park
The ruins of Una Vida house built by Ancient Puebloan People in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico.Mladen Antonov / AFP/Getty Images file

Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and environmentalists have criticized the federal Bureau of Land Management for pushing ahead despite the recent government shutdown.

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How deep is the snow Agnes?

img_20190128_151801Agnes the garden gargoyle is looking rather miffed with the snow building up around her.  I think she’s giving me the stink eye each time I look at her in her winter garb, undoubtedly trying to tell me that she’s more a fan of daylilies and peonies than snow.  Poor girl’s  going to be perturbed for several more weeks I’m afraid.

Chickadee dee dee

Of all the wild birds that grace our backyard feeders and chatter among the trees, none are as endearing as the Black-capped Chickadee.  Friendly and gregarious, Chickadees make the winter’s chill a little less biting.  My favourite songbird by far, I long to hear them extolling their trademark chickadee dee dee tune each and every time I enter their outdoor world.

A Valentine for planet Earth

ephoto_1548280037854Earth needs our love!

If you could send Earth a Valentine’s Day card, what would you write? A poem, an essay, one word? For this Valentine’s Day, tell planet Earth how much you love her! Click here to share your Valentine’s Day wishes to the place we all call home, Earth!

Yellowstone plans to ship 600-900 bison to slaughter this winter — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

by Brett French as published on The Independent Record Last year the combination of slaughter and hunting removed 1,171 bison from Yellowstone Last year the combination of slaughter and hunting removed 1,171 bison from Yellowstone. Of that total, 375 were killed by hunters — mostly tribal hunters — and 694 were sent to slaughter. The […]

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