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  • Writer's pictureCarolyne Aarsen

Looking out my Office Window

Newsletter - November 16, 2023

Greetings. Hope your fall is going well. We've been fairly fortunate so far in that we haven't had any snow come and stay. I don't mind. Though I have my wonderful winter tires on, I still don't wish for the snow to arrive any time soon. I don't love winter driving so the snow can stay away as long as possible.

Winter means I'm feeding more birds again. I have a lovely bird feeder that my brother-in-law made for me that has been attracting birds to it. Trouble is, I have an entire family of blue jays that like to take over. And a squirrel that likes to take flying leaps at it from a nearby apple tree.

Once in awhile a brave pine grosbeak will chance a dip at the feed. And on the other side of the house, the evening grosbeaks are gorging on maple seeds. I also have a fun feeder called a Bird-Buddy and I get pictures whenever one visits that particular feeder. Again, lots of blue jays, the occasional evening gros beak and, occasionally, a squirrel.

I bought a few new feeders for smaller seeds and hope to attract a few other birds. I know it will take time for them to find it. As long as the squirrel doesn't keep to many of them away.


I don't know if you can see, but that's me hopping along beside Richard and the grandkids. They came out for a visit and, well, it was okay....they take their dog along and he whines to go out and whines to go in and that's not great. Plus, Carolyne gets busy with the grandkids and ignores us. I don't get it.

She and the girls sewed up beach bags for an upcoming trip. But it was more fun when we all went outside to catch the horses, halter them up and lead them back to the yard. Carolyne complained when one of them stepped on her foot.  She should move quicker I think. As fast as I move! That would help.


Yeah, I didn't get much sympathy from Leonard when one of the horses stepped on my foot. That's what happens when you get a bunch of them together and I'm trying to take pictures instead of paying attention to what the horses are doing.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed the snippet from the book. Take care and we'll 'chat' again.

Meantime, if you have any ideas of how to keep the squirrel away from my bird feeder, I'd love to hear them. Keep in mind, this is a VERY agile squirrel!!

Take care.

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