Get as far away from home as you can!!!
No, really, I did have a banjo lesson scheduled for today, so I took off for The Cities at about 8:30, and I was thankful for the heated seats in my Subaru. I used to toss them off as frivolous luxury; but I started to use them when the temps dipped below 40. It feels really good on the back. But today the seats would have been frozen solid without the heating feature.
I had a very good lesson. I had been struggling with "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" lately, but as my teacher pointed out, that was just because I had been trying too hard to adhere to the written-out, Earl Scruggs version. When I realized I could just use chords and picking patterns to basically fill in the whole song, I did much much better. I also realized that I have a way of tuning out during lessons when the info comes too much at once. I gotta get over that.
Then I did the obligatory stop at Trader Joe's, where I found horseradish sauce WITHOUT high fructose corn syrup (could not find that at the local grocery store!) and a few other goodies. And a case of Three Buck Chuck. Some wine snobs behind me in line were talking about how they did not like Charles Shaw. Well, fine. Pay eight, fourteen, thirty bucks a bottle, but I LIKE having a decent Merlot or Chardonnay without having to budget for it.
On the way home I saw one raven who performed a special trick just for me. I just adore ravens when they do that flip over thing in flight. :) And I saw three bald eagles, two soaring over the Kettle River and one over Sand Creek. Awesome.
It turns out I returned home just after The Hermit and kids, who had been to Duluth for a McD's lunch and who had picked up Papa Murphy's pizza for dinner. So this totally blows my standing in the locavore/glocavore ratings, but...chicken artichoke bacon pizza is very good...and I didn't really eat all that much... :-)
The chickadees and pine grosbeaks and even redpolls were busy at the feeder. Birds gotta eat.
Parts 2 and 3 to follow. It's a three day weekend! Stay warm!