When we had our first “real” snow the other day I went for a walk and spied a small snow spider also out, apparently enjoying some winter activities as well. I imagine spiders weave excellent snowshoes.
I walk in the fields across the road as often as I can. It’s not posted, it’s flat, and I get to see woods and waterways as well as the field, it’s wonderful. I’ve seen a bald eagle, mink, snapping turtle, coyote, as well my juvenile delinquent heron and various geese and ducks. Yesterday I took a friend out there, and since there was snow on the ground we could easily see tire tracks and footprints. I was curious, since I had seen a pickup cruising around the fields for a while now. Sure enough, traps. At least two of them are (as I have learned from reading the VT Fish & Game website) body-hold traps, I’m guessing for muskrat—I had seen trails leading in and out of the cornfield into the river. There is a trap submerged in water I’m not sure about, but it’s near the base of the trees I’ve seen the mink at.
I’m really bummed out that my walks now need (for my own peace of mind) to include checking the traps and making sure something isn’t suffering. I have my doubts about the landowner checking them daily.
I’m finally done with this foolish cold (knock on wood) and am trying to have a productive day… which means going through the large tupperware containers that I dragged to the craft fairs this summer! I have a few items left over, and I’d love to find homes for them so I can start thinking about new inventory… So I’m offering them at a discounted rate! Send me a message at abrah.work[@]gmail.com if you have any interest — all the bags are $5 each and mugs are $10 (plus shipping)….
In between sneezing I have been working on this! A new little advent calendar… I’m trying to decide whether to host it on it’s own page or do reveals here in the blog…
Apparently young herons can be pretty clueless about migrating. And this one just rolled it’s eyes and muttered “You’re not the boss of me” when I tried to explain the concept.
You know that feeling… when it seems like the sneezing, coughing, hacking, sore throated-ness is never going to end… that’s where I am at. I feel like I am walking around with a mug in constant need of refilling with coffee, tea, broth… Yesterday I went on Zazzle and made a mug for myself. But I liked it enough to put it up in the store, in case any one else needs it.
Too much tea and too many chick flicks. I am staring a lot in between sneezing.
And I am not happy. It’s been a long day.
There will be another Advent calendar this year?