So, here it is the second full week of January 2009 and it's suddenly turned really REALLY cold. Freezing is more the word. I'd like to add a colorful metaphor prior to the word freezing but won't as I have no idea who may read this. Wind chills are going down around -30c, give or take a few degrees, the next few days. All I hear on the news is about what it will do to the people out in this weather. Okay, fine. But, most people do have a choice (most, not all)... and if you choose to be out in this weather and freeze to death... that was your choice. I'd like for others, or hope that more people, will think about our animal friends. For one, please keep your cats and dogs indoors (their paws can get frost bite too). Next up, and just as important to me, is to think about the wildlife. Yes, survival of the fittest is the rule but there is nothing wrong with helping them out in times like this. Food is scarce in the winter for everyone and what is around right now is probably frozen. I got home after a very cold and seemingly long day, skipped past my illing girlfriend and spent the next 25 minutes out in the backyard... cleaning up the feeders, chipping out the ice, topping them all up with seeds/nuts and even put out a couple extra feeders along with more nuts and seeds about the grounds (I cleared the snow in spots out back before work). I only hope that many more people have done similar things for our wild animal friends and not taken to the "ooooooooo, it's too cold outside to go fill the feeders" attitude. The pictures attached are enough to give me the chills. What's it done to you?