It's been a "pick-up clutter" week around here, and, happily, with a little project completed every day, the house and the garage are feeling much roomier.
I kinda like these projects because I find things long forgotten. One item was a pain balm from Southeast Asia, given to me by Swiss Miss on one of her visits a few years ago when she was living in Malaysia.
Since this is "arthritis returns for the winter" time, I'm planning to spend some time figuring out how to use the balm. After months of no pain, my knees have been screaming a lot lately, pretty much with every step I take.
So, maybe this balm, if used correctly, will get them to shut up for a while.
In between projects, I spent time outside, enjoying all the critters having their fun.
Seems like the population is growing with the arrival of the town squirrel family and various sizes of woodpeckers.
They have apparently picked the Lovestead as their winter quarters, which means a lot of competition at the bird feeders.
Bill and I have figured out that the squirrel family includes at least four members---mama and three babies. They all come to the feeders at the same time, and if there's not enough room at one, a baby will scamper around the house to the other.
Fun watching them, but they sure do eat a lot. Bill suggested the other day that Stan Meserve probably thought his town squirrels were cute at first, but when the numbers kept increasing, he decided enough was enough.
To put it mildly, Stan was not a town squirrel lover.
We still think they're cute, even with the numbers, but the bird seed bill could go up this winter.
I kinda don't mind because the menagerie of two-legged and four-legged seasonal residents fits right in the ZAGS category for us: their antics help us through the winter.
Bill's going to a ZAGS women's game tonight in Spokane while Willie opens his girls season at Lake City. Wishing him the best of luck as he takes this year's young team into action.
Today also might be pick-up-pig day, which will mean a trip to Bonners Ferry.
Lots of stuff going on for us this week, and, happily, the busYness is not only fun but it sure makes November fly by a lot faster.
Thursday Throwbacks . . . .
Festus, a while back. Now 18 and still going strong.
Liam usually guards horses, but he has had some other herding experience in his five years.