Well that’s not exactly true is it???
I arrived home to balmy temperatures and was happy to see my little rust bucket of a car was still in one piece.I brushed the snow off it in the morning before I took a picture but this is the neighbor. I stopped at IKEA before I left Edmonton, and the Italian shop, then enjoyed my leisurely drive home.
I think my daughter liked her present. I picked up my bus and went right back to work. It’s light later here than Vienna but that may have something to do with daylight savings time and not latitude as we are only a few degrees apart. It was getting dark around four local time in Vienna and here at home it was light until 5:30 pm. The sunrises coming home are spectacular as always. You can just see my Christmas candles there in the drive. One of the first things I did was to set out my candles. I always have good intentions of setting out the stakes that hold the candles in place before the ground freezes but this fall was just a disaster and I didn’t get to it. So I shoveled away the snow where I thought the holes were and low and behold I found them. But they filled in slightly over the summer. I got a few gallons of hot water and my big crow bar and went to work making them deeper. Of course I just wound up wearing the mud from the holes. But I set the posts and let them freeze in overnight. The next morning I set out the candles. I even found some lights in the barn to put on the deck. Now it looks like Christmas.
Now back to these creatures. My daughter ran me thru the chore routine do I would know what she had been doing. She said something was eating the leftover dog food, and she thought it might be our squirrel or a stray cat. We had a beautiful stray who was hanging around this summer–Fuzz-Butt. He’s still hanging around. He wants desperately to come into the house but he is not neutered and I’m afraid he would spray everywhere in the house not to mention fighting with our house cats. So he has to stay outside. I set up the trail cam in the granary to see what’s been eating the dog food. Well, it was like Grand Central Station in there. Everyone was in and out of the granary. First, yet another stray cat. A black one who’s been fighting with everyone, including Fuzz-Butt. Look at his poor bloody ear. OK, so the black cat. Then my big dog had to stick her nose in. Then our own Momma Cat. Then some pretty cheeky magpies!!And then there were the mice!! See him???How about now?And another one!!And a couple more!!Then as if that’s not bad enough, yesterday I went to get a clean towel from under my sink and saw fresh mouse poop everywhere!!! I just put laundry away and it was clean, then two days later, a horrible mess!!! Well I got the mouse traps out and baited them with some smelly chewy candy and voila–one down. I left the traps in case there are more. I’ll be emptying that cupboard and bleaching everything within an inch of its life. The little buggers were even eating my soap!! How the hell they got in I don’t know and why aren’t the damn cats eating them!! But I’m thankful they aren’t in my pantry. The hazards of living in the country.
I’ve been baking up a storm too–vanillekipferl from my cousins recipe and ginger bread, and chocolate pinwheels, and empire cookies. After the big feast on Christmas Eve, all I want to do is lay on the couch, read books, eat cookies and drink tea. That’s my idea of a perfect holiday. 😊
So from my house, and from all my creatures (including the illegal aliens), I hope you have a happy Christmas, a stack of books, a big plateful of cookies and a never empty pot of tea!! See you next year!!