All right Mother Nature, enough already. Yes, I know Wylie’s kids are having fun building snow forts and toboganning but we adults have had enough of shoveling the darned stuff out of the driveways. Besides we’ve had enough now to guarantee us a white Christmas. (Although I understand that it for officially be a white Christmas it has to snow on Christmas morning itself, I consider it a white Christmas if there’s snow on the ground no matter when it fell.) To make matters worse, according to a report I’ve just read, it’s supposed to snow pretty much every day between now and New Year’s. Ugh.

I’ve been filling up the bird feeder with black sunflower seeds and we’ve been having fun watching the birds swooping around all day: chickadees, house finches, juncos and mourning doves, along with a pair of downy woodpeckers on the suet feeder. (Can you tell the difference in the pictures between the male and the female woodpeckers?)

They went through the seed by midafternoon, and not wanting to let them go hungry, I grabbed the seed funnel and stepped out into knee-high snow wearing only my running shoes. I made it safely all the way out to the shepherd’s hook that the feeder is hung on. Trouble was the funnel only holds enough seed to fill half the feeder. So carrying the half-filled feeder in one hand and the funnel in the other, I turned and slogged back through the drifts to the patio door. I’d made it half way when my right foot slid out from under me.

You know those passages you read when people say ‘time slowed down for them’? That’s what happened to me. I knew I was falling, and tried to figure out if there was a way to regain my balance but after a few gyrations I realized I’d probably get hurt worse and just let myself fall smack on my butt. At least it was a soft landing in the snow, more cold than anything. And I didn’t even spill any seed, much to the ground-feeding birds’ and squirrels’ disgust.

Gizmo Guy was watching and when he came to help me, he said, “That wasn’t the most graceful fall I’ve ever seen.” Gee, thanks, GG.

So I leave you with a clip from one of Guitar Hero’s favorite Christmas shows when he was a kid – the Muppet Family Christmas. Unfortunately it’s not shown much any more, but he used to watch it over and over again and then warn everyone for weeks afterward to “be careful of the icy patch.”

I should have listened to Fozzy Bear
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10 thoughts on “I should have listened to Fozzy Bear

  • December 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Come visit. We’re snow-free and likely to stay that way for the near future. πŸ™

    Take care of yourself; I hope you didn’t pull a groin (which is what I always wind up doing) or something!

  • December 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    God I love Muppet Family Christmas. I haven’t seen it in FOREVER!! I just found out cool stuff about Rudolph that I am ecstatic over.

    AND that is nothing compared to my snow Banana Belt. πŸ˜‰

  • December 21, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Hope you’re okay, except you might end up a bit sore.

    Very cute video that I think I will borrow for my blog before Christmas.

    As for the snow, Toronto has been spared the last few years of a heavy snowfall. So we should consider ourselves lucky.

  • December 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    SHG – one day I’ll find out where you live, and if I’m down that way, I will invite myself πŸ˜‰

    Amy – I liked it too, especially since Jim Henson had a cameo in it, and it was filmed right before his death.

    And Amy and Barbara – my little corner of Canada is MUCH luckier re snowfall than most of Canada, you’re right. Doesn’t make me like it any more though.

  • December 22, 2008 at 6:08 am

    And you know,… at our age *snicker*, the hurt doesn’t come right after the fact, but the next morning, when all those muscles you forgot you had are sore from tensing up.

    BOO to shovelling (yes, I know it only has one ‘l’ but it looks weird to me so I’m keeping the two)
    Yay to white Christmases and snow fort!

  • December 22, 2008 at 6:30 am

    The Muppet Family Christmas makes me cry like a baby. The last scene where Jim Henson is doing the dishes…I ball. My kids don’t understand why.

    And I hate falls like that. The fact that your brain has time to run through everything as you’re on your way down – sucks. I hope you’re not sore today.

    I also wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!


  • December 22, 2008 at 10:38 am

    We’re snow free too. πŸ™‚ Always! Rain – now that’s another story.
    I know what you mean about time slowing down when you’re falling. It gives one plenty of time to say really naughty words!

  • December 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I can just picture that. 33 here today and it probably seemed colder than it did there. I loved the brisk cold air that reminded me of winters up north, but NOT like your winters.

    You’d love our winters. Usually we’re complaining because it’s in the 80’s at Christmas.

  • December 22, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    :::sending a chocolate fountain and muscle relaxants your way:::

    I also sob like a schoolgirl separated from her vampire boyfriend when I watch certain Christmas shows. It’s part of my weight-maintenance program. LOL

    Happy holidays!

  • December 24, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Merry Christmas, Leah!

    And, oh, the snow looks so beautiful. None here, though, just rain and lots of it.

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