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By Al Batt

For the birds

Echoes from the Loafers & # 39; Club Meeting

I knew one of us was going to be a very cool and normal man.

You did?

And I knew the other was going to be Al Batt.

Ride with Bruce & # 39; drive

I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass its drive, thoughts occur to me such as: Strange is normal. The world can be a tyrant. Illnesses, accidents and adults who don't act like adults. On December 10th and 11th, I was gardening while wearing a T-shirt and light pants. I could have worn shorts, I was so warm. After this task was done, I focused on coming first for the COVID-19 vaccination. I'm in line at 204,547,935 so it's promising. I eat lefse to maintain my strength. Some foods are just food-like. Rice cakes come to mind. I love Lefse. It's bread, dessert and a napkin in one.

Big box blues

There was a thoughtless noise in busy places. We humans are very loud. I went to a big store and said hello to Darcy Sime who works there. Darcy said, "You said you never shop in big stores." Chopped! I said that without a doubt.

We humans are not only loud, we say a lot. We don't remember everything we say. Darcy pointed out without meaning to that I was an idiot. Most of us are. I realized this without remembering, but a nudge doesn't hurt.

What's scary is that the higher the ranks of our elected people, the bigger they get. I digress. For a long time I avoided big box stores like they were the plague – or a coronavirus.

After all, a guy has to go to these stores. I need office supplies. Besides, what do I know? I wasn't excited about a computer or a cell phone. I woke up one day and didn't understand what was going on. I have a computer and a cell phone. I appreciate Darcy and others who work in stores like these that go crazy this Christmas. My mother-in-law worked for a large store for many years. She enjoyed her job and she was treated with respect. I told Darcy that I went to the big box store just to see her. It was a fib, but that's fine. I'm an idiot.

In the news

Tailor involved in change in the bar.

A woman's wallet is said to be an accessory to her online scam.

The company offers a single-channel, nothing-to-see TV package for people who don't enjoy watching TV.

I have learned

You get older when sparks fly when your toenails are clipped and you'd rather wear out your old clothes than buy new ones.

Never contact a pirate.

Being self-employed means that everything you do is in company time.

I didn't see Thomas Jefferson – I saw swans

Each winter I stop in Monticello, Minnesota, which has been feeding Trumpeter Swans on the banks of the Mississippi for 35 winters.

Swan Park offered an artificial corn-feeding program started by Sheila Lawrence in the 1980s and continued by her husband Jim after her death in 2011. This program has ended.

Jim Lawrence, the City of Monticello, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, Minnesota DNR, and Trumpeter Swan Society hope to maintain the long-term health of migratory birds by encouraging swans to stay wild and for food naturally to search. There are 30,000 swans in Minnesota.

The mailbag

Roger Batt from Algona wrote this advice about me as I rang the bells for the Salvation Army: “Be sure, don't be sorry. Covid will go away and we want to be here if it is! Al adds: Steven Wright said, “I plan to live forever. So far, so good."

Monticello's Candace Romine Johnson wrote this about the recent death from COVID of our former teacher / trainer Jim Clark: “The only thing I remember as a teacher was his frequent comments being consistent while writing assignments. If you misspell a word, you will misspell it throughout the assignment. “Al adds: As you probably guessed, Jim wasn't our English teacher.

Nature notes

A windy Christmas is a sign of a good year.

When Christmas Day is bright and clear, there are two winters a year.

White Christmas, green Easter. Green Christmas, white Easter.

December changeable and mild, the whole winter will remain a child.

Great horned owls courting couples now scream duets before they nest in January or February.

Raccoons are not truly hibernating and can feed at temperatures of 20 ° F or more.

Most white-tailed buck shed antlers in mid-January, but some in December when they are stressed by storms.

Geese rarely wander against strong winds. They wait for the wind to blow from the right direction and go with it.

Tall structures like communication towers have guy ropes that can be treacherous to flying birds. The lights on these towers confuse birds in foggy weather and make them fly into the wires.

Meeting adjourned

"The true index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be." – Louis de Bernieres

“Cameras are everywhere. Smile. "- Al Batt

Merry Christmas.

© Al Batt 2020

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