Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Chilly Reminder (pic)

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We sit in our relatively warm houses and complain about the cold (or at least I do). We sometimes forget the wild creatures or even our own domestic livestock that have it much worse. Below is the sight I found outside my door when I took the pooch out a 3:30 AM. Sometime after midnight, one or more deer had been scaping through the snow, hoping to find a few stray acorns yet remaining under the white oak in the side yard. It sort of puts things in perspective; doesn't it?

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7 comments:

M. Silvius said...

I bet they would love a few apples or even some corn. The Local Wally-world has "deer corn" for 7 $ a 50 lb bag

Gorges Smythe said...

Michael, several years ago, when I still had a decent-paying job, I fed them one winter when there were no acorns. I bought my corn straight off the farmer, so the price was good. However, three deer eventually turned into 30, as the word kept spreading, so it still got a little expensive.

Also, this week's paycheck was for $28.03, so I won't be buting any deer corn. lol

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

We throw out table scraps for the wild ones. Wow, not a good weekly paycheck. My husband brought in a whopping $0.00 this week and for the last several weeks but I work outside the house so while it impacts us, we can slide by. Hoping work picks up in the Spring. My paycheck won't really cover everything, mostly but that is because we have no car payments or credit cards. We do have a larger mortgage which has old business debt connected to it though.

Gorges Smythe said...

We don't have house payments or car payments either, Kathy. If we did, we'd be in deep trouble.

M. Silvius said...

To say its slow here as well would be an understatement. Its a good thing my wife has a good job and keeps me around because she likes my cooking and knows what tightwad I am. For a long time things were good and we got by on only my income and carried loans for her medical school tuition. Now the tables are turned and we are glad we made the investment and the med-school loans are all payed off. Our only debt is the house and that is quite reasonable. Staying out of debt is the only way to go. As they say Gold is the currency of Kings, Silver is the currency of gentlemen, and debt is the currency of slaves.

JaneofVirginia said...

I think a lot about our livestock and the animals without human stewards at this time of year. Last year because there were so few acorns, we fed squirrels as well as birds. This year it's birds and lost hunting dogs as we seek their owners. I saw a lynx this year on the driveway to the farm, and she looked as if she, at least, is eating quite well.
Glad you are doing well Gorges !

Gorges Smythe said...

Glad you folks are braced for hard times, Michael. There's a lot of truth to that last sentence.

Thanks, Jane. Y'll stay warm!