Poor wee BRRRd.


Well, if the snow and crusty ice was not bad enough, we’re in the deep freeze for the next two weeks, as we revisit the term “Polar Vortex”.  Brrr!

As I stepped out of the cozy house, shovel in hand and bundled up to the hilt, I glanced over at the dial on the big thermometer on my neighbor’s deck.  I couldn’t verify the temperature because the dial face was frosted up.

But, something else caught my eye that I’d not seen before – there were buds on the magnolia bush.  When did that happen?  Was it that one day, about a week ago, when we basked in the sun and enjoyed a balmy 50 degrees?  Well, no good will come to a bush or tree that starts budding out in this brutal cold.

While I was checking out the magnolia bush, a sparrow alighted on a branch.  I felt sorry for this little soul, as I stood there in multiple layers of clothing, and I was already feeling the fingers of cold infiltrating my mitts and numbing my lips, less than one minute after I stepped outside.

I’ve never understood how our little feathered friends don’t freeze to death on these bitter cold days.  The poor little guy was all on his own, with no brethren to huddle close to on a branch, or a wire, or even the top bar of the icy-cold chain-link fence.  No, he was all alone in the cold, cruel world.

When my neighbor Marge still had the pair of plum trees, I could go out on the coldest morning and the birds would be sitting side-by-side on a branch and singing their hearts out.  That little spot of joy emanating from the top of those trees warmed my heart so much.

My friend Ann Marie saw a robin yesterday.  I told Ann Marie her robin might have regretted hanging around here with all this snow and cold.  I wonder what that red-breasted bird is eating?  It’s a sure bet that worms aren’t on that robin’s menu … not a chance in this frozen and snowy tundra.

The poor birds … my heart goes out to them, but poor humans too, because the temperature only got to the teens today and wind chills will be down to minus fifteen degrees tonight.

I sure hope the snow and cold we’ve endured thus far in December does not set the tone for the balance of the Winter season.

[Image of sparrow by Suju from Pixabay]

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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2 Responses to Poor wee BRRRd.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………..I’m hoping to have hope that this polar freeze will quickly go away………………yes I’m layered in clothing to keep warm………………….there are people heading to warmer places right now………………….what are we still doing here??………………….I know to support each other…………………….to get through all this……….thank you for your friendly blog


    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – I wonder the same thing … people are going to fun-in-the-sun places and we are stuck here. Yes, it is worse with the snow in Erie, Pennsylvania, and, yes it is colder in Minnesota or Wisconsin, but it is really cold and more snow is on the way here in Michigan. My boss leaves for South Africa on Saturday … it is in 70s-80s during the day. How many months/weeks/days til Spring?


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