Now Playing: Day 2923-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining
I may be the only one right now really enjoying this extreme cold weather so early in the winter season. A long awaited break from far too many warm winter seasons. If only we could add a bit more snow to the mix... ahhhhh... that would be heavenly! Last nights temperatures heading back from the hospital dipped to a rare zero degrees. Although this isn't the coldest we have seen over the past few weeks. It is pretty rare to see zero and below zero temperatures. The only downside to this super cold winter weather are the double size record utility bills that hit our mailbox today. Our bill literally doubled from just the month prior! Even our high efficiency furnace couldn't keep up with the constant demand for warmth. This might not only be a record cold winter season. But also a record season for extremely high utility bills! Crossing our fingers for some available overtime at the sheriffs department!
Until then... tis a great day to enjoy the great outdoors via a room with a view. Actually our living room with a huge window view of some rather large visitors. It never gets old looking up to see a new visitor or two from all the deer that surround the wooded hillside. You know... someone has to feed god's creatures, both big and small. We continue to be fortunate to be a part of those someone's. Nothing fancy, just a few homemade food stations to provide something to eat for all the wildlife visitors through out the cold winter season.
At least Papa and Sweetie kitty are doing very well with their temporary shelter in the basement during these cold winter months. Other neighborhood friendly felines have also taken indoor shelter with other neighbors. I will say one thing about our area here in the country. The love for all animals runs deep! If there is a stray, you can certainly bet that someone will be opening their doors. Having more than one fur child is very common in our little, lazy, river town. It's not uncommon for a typical household to have more than 3 fur children at a time. Especially during the past few weeks when even those that have gotten lost are still welcomed with open arms. Seeking temporary shelter in a strangers home.
Unity is a really big theme when you live outside of the big cities. Back in Ohio... unity was pretty much obsolete. What I enjoy most about living in a much smaller community within a little, lazy, river town is the closeness among families. Folks here live together, as one, including the grandparents. Together under one roof. The way it used to be. I have lost track of how many times we have seen an entire family get out of their car... together. The love that is shared among family in a very small tightknit community.
There is something to be had... when seeing the love among family. It never gets old... never.