Winter statistics at minus 3 degrees
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Morning temperature: Minus 3 degrees
With wind chill: Minus 15
My outdoor clothing: Heavy cotton cami, long underwear, knee socks, heavy wool socks, jeans, sweater, padded jacket with hood, wool scarf, heavy mittens, knee-high boots
Jazzy’s outdoor clothing: Purple dog sweater, plaid dog coat, long belly hair and amazing toe tufts
Time it took to dress us both: 15 minutes
Bird food: 2 scoops of dried corn, 2 scoops of wild bird seed, 2 scoops of sunflower seeds, 1 suet block, 2 apples that froze in the garage
Cost of bird food: 50 lbs of dried corn from local feed mill, $6.75; 25 lbs of black sunflower seeds, $14.75 from feed mill; 40 lbs of premium bird seed, $19.20 from feed mill; suet blocks, $.89/each from Ollie’s
Time it took to feed birds: 3 minutes
Time it took for birds to arrive and begin eating: 2 minutes!
Time it took Jazzy to remember why we were outside: 3 more minutes
Total time outside at minus 3 degrees: 8 minutes
Time it took to undress us both: 4 minutes
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Toni Albert, M.Ed., is an award-winning author of more than 40 books. Her lifelong love for nature, children, and books inspired her to commit her publishing business, Trickle Creek Books, to “teaching kids to care for the Earth.”