I was thinking about this and that the other morning as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard. I guess my mind could not settle on only one thing.

I was thinking about this and that the other morning as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard. I guess my mind could not settle on only one thing.
For example, I recently read a want ad from a bank asking if anyone wanted their shredded paper. The ad said that many people use shredded paper for animal bedding.
When I was a kid, we always used oat straw for bedding. Before we used balers, we had our oat straw blown from a threshing machine into a big straw pile. We would then haul a wagon load of bedding to store in the barn and use as needed. Now shredded bank statements replace oat straw.
I saw a fox the other morning at the corner of Veda and Harmony Streets. It was sniffing  something and had its nose to the ground. I got quite close before it spotted me and trotted off. I enjoy seeing these wild animals in town.
I hope it is not a sign of anything bad to come, but I killed a mosquito on February 11th. It was flying around inside our car and tried to take a sip of blood from my arm. I cannot recall seeing a mosquito this early before.
A pileated woodpecker flew in front of our car the other day and landed in a dead tree beside the road. Seeing one is quite rare. The pileated wood pecker is the inspiration of Woody Woodpecker. Pileated woodpeckers like to live in secluded old woods with mixed live and dead trees.  
 The Neosho National Fish Hatchery has three fishing derbies each year. They have one for kids, veterans, and senior citizens/handicapped. I recently noticed that many other national fish hatcheries have fishing derbies also, but some have a different slant.
For example, Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin has an ice fishing derby for their kids each winter.
Ice fishing is quite popular in our northern states. I recently read that there were several ice fishing opportunities for Super Bowl visitors to the Twin Cities. Ice fishing was even done in a pond set on top of a downtown building. Many of the lakes found within the Twin Cities also provided ice fishing for visitors.
I have been reading statistics from the Missouri Department of Transportation(MoDOT) newsletter again. They claim that if you text and drive you have 23 times more of a chance for accidents.
If you have a serious accident and are wearing a seat belt, you have a one in 1239 chances of  being seriously hurt or killed. If you do not wear a seat belt, your odds of injury or death go to one in 27.
Take a walk, look for wildlife everywhere, wear seat belts, use you signal lights, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.     


 
 Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.