Since we are basically broke, we aren't doing as much traveling as we normally do. I can't afford to keep paying the train fare. So we have had to find other, more affordable learning and entertainment opportunities. What could be better than the great outdoors? It's free! So we've been taking full advantage of the scenic beauty of our area, and the wonderful local parks. We are a stone's throw from the Croton and Hudson Rivers, which we visit often. I'm sure the weather will soon put a crimp in our style, but we are making hay while the sun shines.
We're also enjoying our own yard and the feeder birds. Mikro has made fast friends with Pumpkin, one of the neighborhood cats. Pumpkin found herself a home on Halloween, and her new people have put a bell on her collar, which makes life safer for the birds. But there are other perils. We now have a sharp shinned hawk staking out our feeders, and hunting here. It makes me a bit sad, but as Mikro is quick to assure me, "that is nature's way."