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Christmas. Sit it back and enjoy the most giving, loving moments of the year. Even before it arrives you’ve already started mulling over what presents to buy for family and close friends. What did I give them last year? I can’t remember. So I don't give the same thing again.


You’ve bought something for the wife, or those closest to you, when you cross your fingers hoping it’s what they wanted. You keep the receipt should your choice be a lousy one.


Let’s take a wife or significant other, and watch them slowly unwrap the gift. I always find I’m holding my breath when Roe is opening hers. She’s not like me who tears away at the paper and makes a mess of it.


She somehow opens it unrushed, easing the ends free, then loosens the middle of present. I wish I could do the same. Slowly, carefully…


Wives are difficult to buy presents for. "What do you want for Christmas?” I ask Roe well in advance. I know what she’ll say: “Whatever you choose, I’ll love it.”


She’s already bought mine, and for the life of me - the wrapped gift is already under the tree - I’ll be damned if I can figure what it is.


Christmas is over. Along with a present from Nathaniel our son with a handwritten card which brings the biggest lump in my throat:


Thank you for always being there for me, and giving me my curiosity and natural sense of humor. You’re a great dad. Love, NCW 1V.


I went looking a box of Kleenex, after reading it.


Author’s comment: Gotta go. Nathaniel is climbing the hill loaded with bags of kindling for the wood stove…


  • Clarke Wallace

Each year about this time – or somewhat earlier - we buy seed for those birds who stay with us all winter. Keeping the metal feeder topped up can surprise you. One moment it’s full, the next almost empty.


Have you ever been curious enough to find out what kind of seed? I hadn’t given it much thought until now. Or even knowing what birds hang around here to see what I’ve got in store for them.


According to the back of the package, there’s oil sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, peanuts, dried raisins, dried cherries. Mineral oil. The more expensive ones will include tree nuts, soy and wheat, among others.


Next. What birds will be attracted to the wonderful meals? You can count on the cardinals, the bright red males drawing close attention. Along with the red-breasted grosbeak, evening grosbeaks, common redpolls (huh?). Black-capped chickadees, dark-eyed juncos. Add to them the gold finches, house finches, purple finches white-breasted nuthatches and red-breasted nuthatches.


The best place for hanging the feeder, I’m told, is nearest bird habitats, such as shrubs and trees.


The package covers its butt by saying birds may or may not be attracted to the food, depending on ‘your geographical location and the season’.


Author’s comment: I have no idea if the seeds I buy draw all these types of birds, Forgotten in its list are the noisy bluejays and common sparrows.


My favorite? The chickadees. They are so darn friendly, settling in the palm of your hand when it’s full of seeds. They look up at you as they peck away, I’ll swear a smile on their cheeky little faces.


By the way, Christmas is this Friday. Have a merry, warm one. C.

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