“Then the cold nights crept in…”

“… and all the colors of fall faded with the frost.”

Time to admit the truth.

Fall is fading fast, and winter is just about here.

I can tell because I’m freezing 90% of the time instead of just 50%.

I’m usually cold. My husband will tell you that. But in the winter, I’m almost always cold.

Thankfully, my amazing husband has helped build up the woodpile for this year, and our wood burning stove is up and running. Our little house is getting ready for all the cold weather, and that includes taking care of the wildlife around our home too. The deer have a new salt block, and I’m starting to remember to put out corn for them too.

Not that I’ve actually seen them eating it.

The bluejays get most of it. And the squirrels.

It is amazing how much corn ten bluejays can eat. Where do they put it all? Their tiny bodies can’t fit that much, yet they never leave the bowl alone until all the corn is gone.

Maybe there are more of them than I think.

I’ve got birdseed out too, in case you’re wondering if they’re starving. So, so much wild birdseed. This has attracted literally everything from magpies—which are MUCH larger than I realized—to chickadees, and I’m loving the variety I see gathered on my porch every morning.

My cat is also loving the variety.

She sits by the window, making funny chirpy noises and waiting for me to let her out so she can eat all the tasty birds flying around.

I do not let her out.

Or if I do, I make sure she doesn’t get anything.

She has yet to catch one.

But I let her dream. It keeps her occupied.

How are you preparing for the winter? Any sweet visitors outside your doors now that the cold weather is moving in? Tell me about them in the comments!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Deer are shy creatures so they probably visit and eat at night.

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    1. A.R. Geiger says:

      That’s true. They’ll come by in the daytime for the salt occasionally, but I see them most often at dawn.

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  2. indecisivewriter64 says:

    We had our first snow fall up here in eastern Canada.

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    1. A.R. Geiger says:

      Awesome! Was it a celebratory event for you, or kind of an acceptance of the inevitable?

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  3. obsessivewriter64 says:

    I’m the same way , I’m always cold in winter. We just had our first snowfall here in eastern Canada.

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  4. indecisivewriter64 says:

    Celebratory because it feels like Christmas is coming, but the cold was definitely a sad time 😦 🙂

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    1. A.R. Geiger says:

      I can understand that. I love the snow, but in Colorado, we end up with way more cold than snow, and my daily walks get interrupted. So I have mixed feelings about it.

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