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Baby, It’s More Than Cold Outside!©
By Felina Silver Robinson
We wake to the cool of the house
The children attempt their morning showers
But the pipes are frozen
And the water has an unfriendly chill
So everyone moves forward with a chilled sponge bath
Thank goodness the heat hasn’t abandoned us
Everyone functions in slow motion
Dreading what is before them as they
Leave the warmth of the house behind
They scurry towards the car
Like squirrels to hide their parcels
I’m left to lock up the house
The cold air takes hold of my neck
Holding tight like a noose
I work frantically to
Seal the lock
Then rush forward to find warmth
in the comfort of our car
As we pull away
The sun glistens and I see a shadowy figure
That almost resembles a laughing ball of ice
Could it be that this cold day is taunting me?
Baby, It’s More Than Cold Outside!
Birds drawn to frozen lake’s Vermont-New York ferry channels
CHARLOTTE, Vt. — Water birds that normally spread out across Lake Champlain are seeking refuge in the channels left by two ferry routes that carry passengers between Vermont and New York during this bitterly cold winter.
Bird watchers have been drawn to the Essex, N.Y., landing of the ferry from Charlotte in hopes of catching a glimpse of some rare birds that are usually scattered across the length of the 120-mile lake. During a winter of below-zero temperatures, the birds have been forced to forage the open water of the channels for food.
Birders hope to spot species like the single tufted duck, which is ubiquitous in Europe and Asia but exceedingly rare in the eastern U.S. It’s spending the winter in the lake along with mallards, black ducks and common goldeneyes.