Really, I hadn’t planned on going as Tom’s girlfriend said she was driving out from Michigan to take him down for his surgery. So, I didn’t blog on Tuesday as I figured I would on Wednesday. Things change all the time; she hit a deer about 20 miles from Tom’s and her car was un-drivable. Tom called me Wednesday morning and ask if I could drive both of them down, which I did. His surgery went very well and he was released to go home on Friday. I was a little worried as they had been predicting a winter storm with freezing rain and up to a foot of snow. It is a six-hour drive. But we made it safe and sound. Sandy had been in contact with her insurance company and was able to rent a car in Duluth, which she drove back home to Michigan this weekend. She hit the snow — we didn’t. But we did get about 5 inches of snow, and it’s gotten colder. The high today was only 25 degrees F.
We’ve been getting visits from a very rare-to-our-area bird, at the feeder outside the porch window. She’s a female Cardinal! She’s the first Cardinal I’ve ever seen in Minnesota. My sisters, one in the Duluth area and the other near Sturgeon Lake, get them from time to time. But throughout the years, even when I lived near Sturgeon Lake, I never had seen one on my feeders. We’re so excited! I sure hope she sticks around and brings her boyfriend. We are getting Evening Grosbeaks, the pretty yellow and black birds who flock to our feeders from time to time. We enjoy seeing these birds so much.
Tomorrow is my clean-out-the-pantry day. Of course, it’s one of my least favorite chores. But it’s necessary to get rid of the few jars which have come unsealed through the years, rotate the dated stuff to the front and kind of chart what we have down there. I always find some surprises. Like “I didn’t know we had any more of that!” Gotta vacuum the cobwebs, sweep the floor, and get rid of some extra boxes and cartons. I know I’ll be glad when it’s done. Maybe I’ll even find a bit more room down there? — Jackie