1. We have so much ice that even the snow plow can’t get it up off the road. It isn’t super thick, but absolutely solid. Anyway, I wanted to help the birdies out since they can’t find much food, and I threw some bread and graham crackers out, but I had almost half a box of some garlic and chive crackers that had been opened several months. So I thought I might as well throw some of them out too, although I wasn’t sure birds would go for the garlic.

      The smaller birds – like the blue jays and some others didn’t seem interested in the garlic — although they were very quick to grab up the other things. But after that a large crowd of blackbirds came, and they gobbled up the garlic crackers in no time at all. So now I know.

    1. Unfortunately, we’re experiencing it almost constantly here. It’s the cold weather and dry air together. And when clothing rubs across our bodies, or our bodies slide across fabric — like car seats or carpets — a small electrical charge builds up (since we have a degree of electrical current in our bodies as well) and then when we touch anything else that has an electrical charge, it releases a small current. That could be a lamp, a light switch, something metal, anything plugged into an electrical outlet, or another person. It’s one of the aggravating aspects of life for us in the U. S. during winter. I think from what I know of England that, in general, it has a much more moist climate than a large part of the U. S., and that’s probably why you don’t experience it much.

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