Hitchhiker, near accident & birdseed



1.  It’s 4:30 p.m. and the sun arches its back into the horizon, preparing to depart from this earthly realm until tomorrow morning.

2.  We picked up a hitchhiker yesterday on our way up to Houghton.   A young 20-ish Michigan Tech student whose vehicle died.  He thumbed a ride to the auto store for repair parts and then shivered in the cold for twenty minutes before we picked him up.  Before stopping the car I hissed to Barry, “We don’t pick up hitchhikers!”  Fortunately, Barry didn’t listen to his wife and decided he was a young college student who needed assistance.  Afterward, I was proud that we’d helped a fellow human being–and hoped kind souls might assist our children, should they need it.

Ice etchings

Ice etchings

3.  We almost experienced a car accident, but didn’t, thank the entire Universe.  The car two vehicles in front of us stopped on slippery roads to allow innocent college students to pass.  The car in front of us slid to the right.  We slid to the left.  The semi-truck behind us, fortunately, stopped.  No one died.  No one was injured.  We drove away unharmed. It can be challenging maneuvering on ice-covered roads.  (Question:  Had we not picked up the hitchhiker, would the Universe have been so generous?  Answer:  we shall never know.)

4.  It is icy cold today.

5.  My girlfriend and I visited an elderly friend for two hours today.

6.  I have so much to do.  Yet find myself writing another blog.  So very much to do.

7.  We bought 50 pounds of birdseed.  The birds sing their thanks.  They fluff their wings as protection against the cold and ice.



8.  What shall we have for dinner tonight?  Do bloggers divorce because they would rather blog than cook dinner?  Let’s hope not.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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69 Responses to Hitchhiker, near accident & birdseed

  1. Kathy – I betcha that young man’s mama is glad it was nice friendly folk who picked him up and gave him a ride in his time of need. Blessings on you and Barry! I’m glad you weren’t in a car accident — driving on ice is one of my least favorite things to do. And the birds are so grateful to find food in the snow covered landscape. Blessings on you and Barry, yet again.

    (Psssst…. remember the email I sent you yesterday? Well I submitted to the “gutsy” one this morning and just rec’d an email that it’s going to be published on her website on Dec 30 — woot woot!)

    • Kathy says:

      Lori, woot woot indeed! That is SO awesome! Make me think I should submit something. I’m not sure I told you how grateful I was that you offered these links. You are so in my heart this week. Thank you.

  2. I wish this world was filled with people who picked up hitchhikers. I’m tired of a living in a world full of fear.

    • Kathy says:

      I’m tired of it, too, Lisa. I’m tired of my own fear, although sometimes it leads in the right direction. Don’t you wish we could live so securely in our inner guidance that we knew exactly when it was right to pick up that hitchhiker–and when it might cause harm?

      • I have a feeling that if you listen to yourself, you can. Your instincts seem pretty amazing.

        • Kathy says:

          Ha! Lisa, it seems to depend on the day, the week. Sometimes I feel deeply connected to that inner guidance, so deeply connected. Other days, not so much. Our minds/emotions can plug up that inner connection with so much confusion at times.

  3. Brenda Hardie says:

    Ohhh Kathy—thank goodness you guys were safe and sound during the icy drive! And thank you for helping out the young man hitchhiking who needed help—your generous spirit blessed him! And I understand how you felt at first about not picking up hitchhikers but Barry’s heart was gently moved to help this young man—what a blessing ♥ I love your winter pictures honey—they look magical and peaceful ♥ and ps..check your fb inbox–I sent you a message–

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, driving on these icy roads is one of the most challenging parts of winter, isn’t it? I am glad that Barry’s instincts were good to pick up this young man. I wish it was safe to pick up everyone. I think we women are generally more cautious about this.

  4. john says:

    I just returned from Houghton. I know how bad it was today, I can’t imagine what you drove through yesterday. It is amazing how it can be sunny and have a glorious sunset in L’Anse and Houghton looks like the end of the world. I love your window frost picture. That young man might have been a Human frost picture had you not picked him up. Kindness is in short supply these days, I hope he pays it forward.

    • Kathy says:

      John, we were crazy! But you get lulled into thinking that it’s sunny everywhere–just because it’s sunny in L’Anse. That poor young fellow might have soon been frozen. I’ll bet you would have picked him up, too.

  5. Susan D says:

    What a fantastic list filled with blessings. Be warm, cozy, and loved.

    • Kathy says:

      Susan Dee, that’s what I’ve realized. Most of my posts are filled with blessings. It doesn’t really feel necessary to do a separate blessing post. They’re abundant–everywhere. (Including a special blessing I had lunch with today.)

  6. (1) “the sun arches its back” – BEAUTIFUL and poetic and says so much in those 5 words.
    (2) We believe in Karma. Pick up stranded college-student hitchhiker, don’t get in accident. Easy as that.
    (3) yes, I bet there are blogging divorces. Even though we believe our blogs are more important than dinner, there are certain other people in the family who don’t feel that way.
    Maybe Karma will get to them someday. But until then, I put on the crockpot, then keep typing! 🙂

  7. RiaHamilton says:

    1. I love the ice etchings!
    2. We live in a friendly universe. Thanks for bearing witness.
    3. Allow me to thank you on behalf of the birds. If you get a minute, check out the video I shot today at riahamilton.com; we’re in this together!

    • Kathy says:

      1. Aren’t ice etchings marvelous at times, Ria?
      2. I think sometimes the friendliness of the world gets overwhelmed by negative news at times.
      3. Will check out your video.

  8. I don’t know of any cases of divorce caused by blogging! LOL
    Nice post. Whenever I get stuck by a train, or stopped in traffic, I try to think that somehow this delay is preventing something else from happening….

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, I suppose we haven’t HEARD of any blogging divorces anyway. I also like to think that way–that the Universe works by design plan. It makes me happy to think that way anyway. 🙂

  9. Close call on the ice. DO be careful. I don’t even like to cook for myslef. I’d rather comment on the blola I follow and/or edit photos. Or tend to my animals which reminds me that I must stop after this commnt and give some sub cu fluids to a couple of cats.

    Oh yes. It was probably your guardian angel thanking you for giving the oung man a ride.

    PS It is dang cold here in central Texas. Down in the 20’s and that has been kinda rare for quite a few years now. I thought I was living in a sub tropical paradise for years. I hate the cold. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, gosh, Yvonne, you are so right, it’s important to drive so carefully on ice. Today the ice pulled you a bit from side to side on the road. Don’t like it. Sorry to hear about your cold way down in Texas. Brrr…. It’s 2 degrees here. But the 20’s is tough when you don’t have thick insulation. Nice to hear from you!

  10. Heather says:

    Your hitchiker tale is heartwarming. I’m glad you picked him up, and can’t help but think the universe agrees. Either way, I love that you posed the question 😉
    As for your last question, signs point to “no” in our household. Thank the entire universe.

    • Kathy says:

      You just gotta pose these questions, Heather. Glad to hear that divorce is not imminent in your household. (I don’t think ours either.) Hope you’re having a good weekend.

  11. Good karma, you can’t beat it!

  12. Humour and humility, beauty and wisdom and good deeds in abundance to both humans and animals – great post:-) Hugs, H xxxx

    • Kathy says:

      Harula, I’ve learned that almost all my posts are blessing posts, whether writing the word “blessing” or not. This story leaped at me, begging to be told. I could not disregard it. 🙂

  13. Had to laugh at the title to this one, Kathy. And only YOU could manage to bring those disparate items together. LOL

    Glad the hitch-hiker got a ride. I’m afraid I might have been reluctant to pick one up, as well. And that’s generally not like me.

    Have a wonderful weekend up there in the frigid North!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Kathy says:

      Kathy, I am happy the title caused laughter. Yep, I do love to bring disparate items together. You wouldn’t believe how frigid the north is today. 2 degrees. And that’s Fahrenheit. I am sure you are warmer!

  14. The universe looks after it’s own! You were so kind to pick up the student. And, the birds, ahh the birds do love to get those seeds in the cold of winter. Even we are cold here. that storm raked us in as well.
    Congratulations to your friend Laurie. Do share her story when it is published.

    • Kathy says:

      Linda, Barry gets all the credit for picking up the hitchhiker. I would have probably–sniff–let the poor boy freeze. It is great to see the birds picking at seeds on the snow. We didn’t feed the birds two years ago and our daughter lambasted us last Christmas. Sorry to hear you’re cold, too. And, yes, isn’t it lovely about Laurie’s news?

  15. lisaspiral says:

    You write a really lovely “to do” list. Or is it a “done” list. In either case I’m with you on all counts from gratitude for accident free driving in the icy cold to hitchhikers (both the fear, which I hate and the generosity which makes such a huge difference) and especially the final question. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up from writing and though Oh, I suppose I’d better feed Orion. Do I have to? (yes.)

    • Kathy says:

      Lisa, smiling, I’m not sure what kind of list I was writing yesterday! My actual “to do” list has been hardly crossed off. Way too much to do. Yet it’s always that way the first ten days in December. I know just what you mean about the hitchhiking dilemma–and feeding loved ones. (Did Orion get fed last night?)

      • lisaspiral says:

        The confusion with Orion last night was whether I was feeding him or Brett was taking him to dinner on the way to his weekend adventure. I ended up sending my plate of food in Brett’s car. Go figure.

  16. Kiah says:

    thank goodness the bird feeder is up this year!

  17. On a cold day like that, I’m thinking dinner should be something hearty, colorful and robust. Italian or Mexican with tomatoes as an ingredient in the dish somewhere.

    • Kathy says:

      Editor, my mouth is watering. It’s 2 degrees right now and I’m making turkey noodle soup with leftover stock from Thanksgiving. The pasta comes via New York City. Very teeny tiny multi-colored squares. I probably poured in too much. We’ll see how it tastes! Warming, I’m sure.

  18. Dawn says:

    Glad you picked up the young man, and very glad you avoided harm, especially given there was a semi behind you. I read husband your line about divorces due to blogging and he raised an eyebrow then laughed. I don’t know what we’re having for dinner either.

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, you are one of the few people reading this blog who know how challenging it can be up in the snow belt of Houghton. I’m glad we avoided harm, too. We were so glad to stop at the Library Restaurant for lunch! The waiter said we were only the sixth table that day.

  19. P.j. grath says:

    I love your chickadee. Wonder what you will end up having for dinner. Was musing earlier today about a deer hunter friend (successful in getting his deer this season) married to a vegetarian. If they can negotiate that difference, I’m sure Barry is not going to object to your blogging. He doesn’t, anyway, does he? 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Pamela, I’ve already forgotten what we had for dinner Friday night! Gosh, this memory isn’t long. Nah, Barry doesn’t object to my blogging. He’s a good sport. We usually negotiate well–even if it means eating something from the freezer.

  20. dorannrule says:

    Lover of the hungry birds, Good Samaritan to the cold and weary. I’m so glad you were not harmed in the near accident. The world needs you Kathy and many more like you.

  21. Karma says:

    LOL, I am chuckling to myself as I am sitting here READING blogs instead of doing all that I have to do today, and there is plenty although it is 8:30 in the morning on Sunday. I have 2 blog posts that I want to write as well and haven’t gotten to them because of all those “things to be done.” So happy that the Universe was so kind to you and Barry!

    • Kathy says:

      Karma, we’re thinking alike. Weekends are my times to read blogs in a leisurely fashion (although sometimes sneak a few in during the week.) Would love to be writing yet another blog but am trying to get things done first. Just purchased a gift card on line and don’t know if it went through. Darn it! Well, wrote down the phone number and will call tomorrow to see…

  22. Janet says:

    Glad you weren’t in an accident. I like to think it WAS because you picked up the hitchhiker. I’ve picked up a few in Yosemite, backpackers mostly needing a ride from one end of the park to the other.

    • Kathy says:

      Janet, I’m glad we weren’t in that accident, too. Sounds like you are a Good Samaritan there in Yosemite. It must feel safe to pick them up there.

  23. Stacy says:

    You must always heed the behest of the universe, Kathy – even if it means dinner has to take a backseat to blogging. ❤

  24. Debi says:

    Our son went to Tech and it would have made me very happy to know someone like you helped him out!

  25. sonali says:

    Firstly, I’m glad that you all are safe and did not have any injuries due to any accident. Thank God!!
    Well, this took me seven years back when I was in college, we used to do this everyday to reach back home. Not that we really needed transport assistance, but it used to be fun!
    Icy cold day, not sure how it feels like. Do you always use heaters? How do you manage going around outside during these days?

    Do take care, Kathy! stay safe.. sending loads of warmth to you…

    • Kathy says:

      Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s people hitchhiked much more often in the US, Sonali. It’s not considered as safe as it used to be these days. That’s too bad. People in the northern part of the US have to heat with gas or propane or electricity or wood every day, sometimes for six months or more. It’s really cold. You’d freeze otherwise. Most people do not heat with wood anymore. We are very unusual for doing this.

  26. Oh, your darling chickadee – what a sweet sight for weary eyes this morning…

    • Kathy says:

      I am glad you enjoyed the sweet little chickadee this morning, Barbara. Every day, when I feed them, I call “chick-a-dee-dee-dee” and one usually answers. Barry calls “Bird HEADS!” and they usually answer him, too, but I think that’s an undignified greeting.

  27. Debi says:

    So nice to meet you too! I’m glad I found your blog!

  28. Ha! I like your bird greeting much more than Barry’s! And I love this post full of scattered elements of good fortune, near-misses and joy…thank you!

  29. You’re very brave to pick up a hitchhiker….and I’m so glad you were able to avoid getting into an accident!! (And I’d rather do ANYTHING else than cook dinner….well, except maybe laundry or cleaning LOL)

    • Kathy says:

      …and now it’s time to make dinner again! Tonight we’re having black bean burgers and oven fries and maybe some garden carrots. What about you?

  30. I’m so glad the hitchhiker story had a good ending.

    Ice Etchings I want to hang above my mantle.

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