Cold, cold, cold!

I know to expect the unexpected in the Chicago area weather-wise, but I must say that twenty degrees in early November is nonetheless almost shocking.

On a quick side note, I haven’t been able to post photos with my daily blog for well over a week now. I am wondering when my WordPress software will make a fix.

I still have to cover the patio table and chairs and cover the cushions we have for our nice outdoor chairs. The chair cushions are in the garage and I want to keep them clean.

I just bought a bag of sunflower seeds. The birds have been eating like crazy, as they have for months now. I wonder if more birds were just aware that we have three feeding stations. We recently went from two to three when the neighbor across the street put out a squirrel proof feeder, just like mine, on her parkway. I grabbed it and set it up. Even before that, however, we were using more seed than ever. Since I purchase it on Amazon, I have a ready record of use and my need for seed has seriously escalated. Am I keeping the bird population alive? I just read that their population has seriously dwindled.

I received two pods of milkweed that were not ‘ripe’ that I left out on the patio table. Just the other day I noticed that they had opened, allowing small brown seeds attached to fluffy material just dying to be airborne to be seen. I helped it open just a bit and even put a bit under some soil by the house so we could watch the monarchs when they return. I am hoping that we have more than one. This year we had one every day. I am also hoping that I don’t pull out the milkweed plants as weeds!

I did some Hungarian practice and now have about a thousand words under my belt as I have typed them into a table. First I write them, then I type them. I am listening to old lessons while I row at the gym. Let’s see where this goes!

It really didn’t warm up today, but did get up to thirty-two degrees, just amazing for early November weather.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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