After a couple of days of gloom, snow and frosty weather the sun finally came out on Saturday. And since I had to replenish the bread and milk I purchased in advance of the weather, I had to go shopping. But before I could do that, I had to clear a path from my front steps to the street.DSC05654

Not wanting to exert myself, I only cleared a path wide enough for me to walk through. The stores were really crowded. Guess people were either replenishing like me, or stocking up for the next snow storm that’s expected to arrive on Tuesday. Luckily the weather wizards are expecting rain and thunderstorms on Monday, so most of the snow on the ground now will be washed away by the time the new stuff arrives on Tuesday. Sounds like déjà vu all over again!

After picking up my groceries, I stopped at the Golden Arch’s for some take-out for lunch.DSC05655Yeah, I finally had to try the Fish McBites. Surprisingly they weren’t molded from some pink goop like the McNuggets are. The bites are actually breaded cubes of fish fillets that looked like that once swam in Alaskan waters. I only bought the snack-pack size, but once I got home I realized I should have opted for one of the larger offerings.  Renee smelled the fish as soon as walked into the house, and followed me from the front door to the kitchen where she sat on the floor and made moaning-growly noises at me. Yes, I shared with her, which is why I wished I had bought the larger size. Renee did not like her McBites dipped in tartar sauce.


IF YOU DIDN’T ORDER TO GO!DSC05657While I ate, I read the back of the carry-out bag. Did you know, the favorite Mickey D item in India is theMcALOO TIKKI potato burger? Guess this is a preferable option to order horse-meat burgers. And I’m sure they wash their lettuce twice.

After I ate, I decided I should also give my little feathered friends something to eat, too. Except for Renee’s footprints, the backyard is still covered with snow with a frosted crust of ice. Since I didn’t want to put my snowshoes back on, I decided to just fling the bird seed on top of the snow from the back deck. The little birds didn’t mind at all.DSC05664

The ones with white cheek patches are the rare Eurasian Tree Sparrows that only exist in parts of the Saint Louis area. (They’re also almost extinct in Europe now.)  The birds are ordinary house sparrows more commonly known as chippies.

  DSC05670   DSC05663   DSC05666  I liked how they even climbed down into Renee’s foot prints to get any seeds that had fallen in them.

This is called enjoying the nice side-effects of a snow storm.


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on February 24, 2013, in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING! and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. You are such a good tender of the wildlife in your yard. I know they appreciate you, and they give you lots of viewing pleasure (and bird song, I imagine) in return.

    I saw those new fish things and wondered how they were. Apparently Miss Renee gives them a four paws up, as well?

    • House sparrows cheep a lot. Doves coo. But cardinals and mocking birds do provide song. And the Eurasian Tree sparrow gives me the pleasure of knowing I have an endangered species living in my yard. And Mlle. Renee is partial to any form of fish.

  2. Also, I wouldn’t survive in your climate. I’d never go outside once there was snow and ice because I wouldn’t want to fall!

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