A terribly handsome beggar

Ben & The Suet Cake

A cold nose, but a busy one.

I had plans and (a beginning!) for a different post today, but it looks like our furnace is really struggling with the Arctic weather—meaning I’m not too keen on much more than baking (to warm up the house a bit) and hiding beneath a warm afghan, Middlemarch in hand and a hot pot of tea on the coffee table. Well…what else is winter for?

Even so, it seemed wrong to head into the weekend without something fun, so here’s Ben, everone’s favourite collie, “helping” me put up a new suet cake for the birds.

Ben & The Suet Cake

Ben & The Suet Cake

Ben & The Suet Cake

“All that for some BIRDS? Birds who don’t even come when you call, much less help you carry things up the stairs in a backpack?”

In the meantime, I am still hoping for more responses to my embroidery post.

Have a wonderful weekend—and stay toasty!

(Oh, and the heater repairman will be here first thing in the morning—I’m glad we have a fireplace!)


5 thoughts on “A terribly handsome beggar

  1. Stay warm, my friend! We’ve been the recipients of a tiny taste of what you deal with on a regular basis . . . temps dipping below freezing and ice on the overpasses. I know those in northern climes laugh at us Texans, but when you’re not used to it, it is a bit of a shock to the system. It was 30 degrees when I went for my walk a couple of days ago, and yesterday when I was out taking some photographs of the ice beads on the pasture fencing, I could only stay out about 20 minutes because I’d forgotten to grab that very necessary item of clothing: gloves! My fingers were red with cold.

    I do so enjoy seeing photos of your handsome boy there. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh, I’ve heard! Even a gal I bought a vintage dress from emailed explaining the situation and especially how it affects the roads—I’d much rather she stay safe since I know Texas is not exactly prepared for this kind of thing. Though 30 degrees…sounds balmy. Gloves are a must-have accessory no matter the season! Be careful, frostbite doesn’t take too long to get.

  2. I saw your request for more replies to your embroidery post. No time now, as my teen girl is going to take me to lunch and a movie for my birthday, but I need to share with you her recent passion: cross stitch. I am so proud of her and can’t wait to send you some pics!

  3. oh dear, wouldn’t Ben have a tummy ache if he got into that. I’m sure it smells tempting though. Hehe, just look at the lust in those big brown eyes 😀 Baking and sitting by the fire sounds nice too, good luck with your furnace Jen.

    • Thanks—it is all fixed, and just in time for a pipe to burst in our walls overnight! 😉 Thank God Buckley decided to wake me at 5:30 this morning by sleeping on my neck. Otherwise the water would have run for at least another 40 minutes or so. Fun weekend. ;D

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