Notes from the Birdhouse – Just Punch It!

Okay are we getting warm yet?  Here is a photo I took from my front porch.

This photo was taken a couple of winters ago.  That year we had around 154 inches of snow, or so we’ve been told.  I hate snow but I have to admit it was an awesome winter, everywhere you looked was clean and white.  This was also before my employment with the Bird House so I was helping Hub deliver mail.  Unfortunately, no amount of snow can stop the mail. We bundled up and left for work.  It was not long before we pulled up to a set of mailbox units.  I jumped out and put the mail into the respective boxes,  jumped back in the warm truck and made a comment about how pretty this area was.  Before I could catch the words that lead to this hair raising day,  I asked, “What is up there?”  He says, “Let me show you.”  Hub is always excited to show me different places around where he grew up.  He shot me a kooky smile, and we were off.

He has a 4×4 so trudging around in the snow is not that big of a deal unless it is 4 feet high…which is was.  The area of interest was up a very steep hill and back in the forest.  Little did we know that the 4 feet of snow would soon turn into 6 feet. He kept fighting with the terrain trying to get further back in the forest until we ran up a snowbank and that was that.  Hub gets out of the truck to assess the situation. We are stuck on a narrow road with a steep drop off on the passenger side.  Before we got stuck he was attempting to turn a corner so the truck was at least heading away from the cliff.   He gets out and tries using brute force to push the rear of our 2 ton 4 wheel drive truck in a circle so we could drive out.  And as logic would dictate, it did not work.  He then tells me to get behind the wheel.  He says to put it in reverse and give it gas when he says go.  He then walks to the front of the truck and puts his shoulder into the grill and yells go.  I yelled back, “Are you crazy?  I will do something wrong. I will run over you for sure!”  All I could see was me backing over the edge and taking Hub over with me.   He practically screams at me, “JUST Punch it!”  I was instantly upset for being yelled at.  I slammed it into gear and I punched it!  Thank the lord above it did not work because I put it into gear alright, but I put it in DRIVE and he was in front of the truck pushing!  As soon as I realized what I did I felt the need for a bathroom break.  I could have killed him.  I was pretty shaken up but I was not going to let that information slip my lips and have him think of me as an idiot.

(cough cough)

I quickly put it in reverse and tried it again.  By now he is looking at me with disgust (he just had no idea) and wondering how in the world we are going to get out of this situation to finish our mail route.  The rest of the story is a bit fuzzy with a little pushing, pulling, foot stomping and such, but in the end we did indeed get out of the snowbank with Hub in one piece. Oh and contrary to what you may be thinking,  I did not do it on purpose just to prove how right I was. But just think, it would have been a heck of a I told you so moment if my stupidity had not gotten in the way.



It is nice and cool up here in the mountains.  The birds are enjoying the beautiful weather and you should be too.  Try to put Cloudcroft on your list of places to visit this summer.  Make sure to stop in the Bird House I would love to meet you.  While you are here make sure to  check out all the cool new items.  From Birdhouses to Birdfeeders, we have a huge selection to choose from.  We can’t wait to see you.


The Bird House, 306 Burro St, 575-682-6902.

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