What Else Can We Do?

We are as prepared as we can be for the “crippling, catastrophic” winter storm that started yesterday for some of us in NC.  We are under a winter storm warning until tomorrow, 6:00 p.m. and so far, we have about five inches of snow, which has since turned to sleet, which is then supposed to turn to freezing rain (1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice = power outage) and then come back around for the final slap, another round of snow.

It’s hard to believe by next Tuesday, the temperature is predicted to be close to sixty.  There’s the saying, “you know you’re in NC when you are shoveling snow one day, and wearing flip flops the next.”  This is true.  I’ve lived here all my life, and the day before yesterday, I was in flip flops.

I guess we could have taken this a warning – although we didn’t really need to because the weather folks have been screaming , “A MAJOR STORM OF EPIC PROPORTIONS IS COMING, BE READY!”   Maybe not screaming, but definitely emphasizing it.  I saw this not more than a couple days ago:


“Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.”  We aren’t sailors, but with the forecast being what it is…okay, we got it, we got it.

While we’ve been preparing for the weather, I’ve also been taking care of the backyard critters.  Like the squirrel I’ve named, “the Notorious Nubby.”  He has no tail.  It sort of came off.  We knew something was wrong with him because he was dragging a paw, and his tail got scruffy, and then, it was no more.  Now his paw seems fine, and he seems fine.  He hops around, looking like a little rabbit.  At first, he was just “Nubby.”  He became “Notorious” after he survived the single digit temps.  We make sure he has lots of peanuts to eat.

Meet the Nubster.


And of course, I have to feed the birds too.  I’ve been trying to identify them but it just about gives me a headache every time I crack open my Stokes Birds book.  The book is great, but if you’ve ever tried to do this, you know what I mean.   Either way, these pics show that the birds are hungry.   Did you know a bird can lose 10% of their body weight on one frigid night?

We get several different species coming to the feeders, some I know and a few I don’t.   Either way, I have to fill the feeder almost every day.

Eastern Bluebird and Goldfinches


Dark Eyed Junco


Tufted Titmouse


None of this has a darn thing to do with writing.  Except to sort of say, there may not be any posts for longer than usual – depending on what the weather does.  We could be without power for days, or not at all.  But, we’ve done all we can to prepare, and so, what else can we do?  Take care of the ones who need extra help.  Neighbors, and wildlife alike.

Stay warm!


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