Turkey Tracks: January 29, 2022
Nor’Easter Blizzard and Sewing Day
I’ve been waiting for a BIG snow day.
And here it is.
AC doggie is properly impressed. Other than his morning very quick pee, he’s refusing to go out.
I rounded up yummy food for the day: a chicken which I spatchcocked this morning, some fresh asparagus, some baking potatoes, and a Granny Smith apple which I’ll have for whatever I eat as a light meal tonight.
My favorite chicken parts are the drumsticks and the wings, followed by the thighs.
I’ve been eating my big meal in the early afternoon and having a heavy ”snack” which includes fruit around 7 pm. That feels pretty good for winter.
In anticipation of the storm, I put a quilt that’s been waiting on the longarm—and I hope to finish and get it off this afternoon. Then I can trim and bind. An existing quilt only has one night or two left for its binding, so I’ll night sewing all ready to go.
I’ll write more about this quilt in another post.
Now, an update on the flying squirrels presently living between my lower and middle floors—in the ceiling area. A solution is in process—and it is pretty elegant in my opinion. These critters come and go off and on day and night. Trap doors will be set where they are getting in—and they will let them out, but not back in. All the places they can get in will be off-limits via metal screening. There are lots of places where they could attempt to get in—but those places will be protected against them. My wildlife person (Ray) says they will effectively be gone in about one day once this work is done. They will move on to another habitat.
BTW, a ”colony,” like what I have can be 20 to 30 individuals. Oh my.
I have also taken down all the bird feeders. And here is why, other than not wanting the squirrels to stay around my area. Ray saw BIG tracks in the snow—right up near the house. He thinks they are likely from a coyote. And two nights ago, AC went ballistic about something being in his yard. I had a hard time getting him to come back to me—as he was sure we were being invaded by something really dangerous. A coyote? His barking and fierceness was way different than when he chases off the deer.
So, in essence, feeding the birds has set up a situation where coyote is maybe coming to hunt around my house.
How long would it take a coyote to work up the courage to eat AC? He’s definitely a tender morsel.
So, no more feeding birds. Or the squirrels that also gather.