The next few days are going to be tough to deal with, around these parts. Temperatures below zero degrees tomorrow night.
We have snow on the ground and the birds are pretty active looking for food under the patio table and around the deck. We have unfortunately also had a number of hawk attacks. Lost a few small birds.
I am keeping the bird bath full. It is amazing watching them get into the basin and fluff up their feathers after dunking themselves a few times.
We now have quite the collection of red bellied woodpeckers. There were three out there yesterday. I refilled the suet holders for them.
Tomorrow (today by the time I post this past midnight) is Little Christmas, the day I usually take down the decorations. I think that will occur later in the week when it warms up.
The tree needs to be taken out to the landfill later also. They recycle them into mulch. As for the garland, it will become a bed around the rhododendron, where the pine needles can continue to add some acidity to the soil.
I have been heavily using the crockpot, making another batch of venison chili today. I learned a lesson though. My method of putting frozen items in the pot has resulted in a hairline crack in the ceramic insert.
Thankfully, I do use the liners. Still, I have to buy a new insert. And stop putting the pot on high.
I am slowly making my way through the Larriland tomatoes in the freezer. Next year I will be getting many more than this time, as they make a world of difference when used in soups and chili.
As for the next few days, I think we will find some indoor projects to tackle. Until it warms up a bit.
Stay warm, and watch out for black ice. And, think of spring.