This, That and the Other – Moose, Snow and Halloween


We had one more day of being ‘Hostage to the Moose’, though by mid day they had all settled down together, well away from the truck.

We drove to town and did some errands. Got the seasonal flu shot. The Car Guy never gets a really sore arm from the shot. Mine hurts so much that I can barely lift my arm. A sore arm is apparently good. It means the immune system is mounting a robust attack on the dead viruses. This year, the Canadian flu shot is for protection against Influenza A(H1N1), Influenza A(H3N2) and Influenza B. (That doesn’t mean we won’t get a different flu, but it might mean we don’t get as sick from the flu types in the vaccine.)

That night, nursing a flu shot sore arm, I watched some YouTube videos about Moose. Did you know that in Russia there is a herd of moose that are being raised for milking!? Moose Milk! (Not to be confused with Canadian Moose Milk, an alcoholic beverage that the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Canadian Army all claim to have originated. )

In modern times… recipes and techniques vary—different branches of the military may each have their own secrets—but dairy, rum, nutmeg and sugar are typical ingredients. “It’s high-propulsion eggnog.  You can dig into this stuff and find yourself in a sorry state very quickly.”
Moose Milk – Imbibe Magazine

A pair of ‘Deere’.


After a few weeks of really great Fall weather we got a few weeks of snow and cold. Then it warmed up for a few days. We thought we would get back to work clearing the dead fall in our woods – but the moose put an end to that idea. We could have got the tractor out and used the noise of the ‘Deere’ to discourage the moose from staying. That seemed mighty unneighborly though.

The next morning the Moose were gone from our place. I miss them – while not really missing them, if you know what I mean.

It started snowing again. We got a message from Amazon that they couldn’t make a delivery to our house.  A ‘mooseless’ walk down to the main road and we could see why the driver had aborted the delivery. It had snowed enough during the night that the driveway had disappeared.

The Other:


20 thoughts on “This, That and the Other – Moose, Snow and Halloween

    1. Moose can apparently be domesticated, though only for certain purposes. The Russians can turn them loose to eat their normal ‘browsings’ and the moose will return for milking (which isn’t surprising because they are separated from their young and they need the humans to remove the discomfort of full ‘udders’.)

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  1. Good decision on the moose versus tractor. As big and strong as they are I believe a moose with a big rack of horns could turn that tractor over!


  2. Happy Halloween Margy!
    Thanks for the chuckles and the interesting Moose trivia. I’m glad the Moose herd is giving you all more freedom to move around. Your Moose photos, on your Moose post, are beautiful.
    Glad to hear you & the Car Guy got your yearly flu shots. We got ours already too.
    It’s amazing how you all are snowed in. We’re just now getting frosty nights. I bet your area looks like a Christmas card draped in all that snow. Such a dangerous beauty, snow is.
    Stay warm and keep safe.
    Have a wonderful weekend!


    1. Dangerous beauty – that really is a good description of snow when it is really cold out. Of course, the same can be said for other kinds of weather too if you aren’t prepared for it!

      Hope you had a good garden this year. I envy your growing season…


    1. In talking to people, it is interesting how many people get the flu shot and how many don’t. The irony, to me, is how many people are pinning their hopes on a Covid vaccine that will kill the virus all around the world. I highly doubt that will happen for many reasons.

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  3. I’m quite behind on Reader – I love the Halloween jokes – so funny. I didn’t know that about the flu shot but feel good about reading it as this year I got a pneumonia shot (part one of two … the second part will be next Fall) and a seasonal flu shot. The pneumonia shot had no issues, the flu shot, I also could barely raise my arm. I get allergy shots (in each arm) once a month, so shots don’t bother me (though I used to scream bloody murder as a kid as my pediatrician was not kind to kids).


    1. We got the pneumonia shot a few years back too. In Canada, it is apparently 50 to 80% effective in seniors.
      I’m glad we can get our shots at our pharmacists. We used to have to get them at vaccine clinics held at the community centre. Sure didn’t enjoy listening to little kids screaming and crying!

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      1. I remember we had to go to the local health department in 1968 for the flu pandemic, as soon as the vaccine was available. I was 12, went with my parents and it was in a large, very crowded room and we filed single file, around that room. My mom remarked “we don’t have the flu now – hopefully we don’t by the time we leave here,” I’m glad we can go to any pharmacy, even the grocery store for our shots.

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