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Beleaguered? Take a Joyful Break

Tired of human frailties?  Of others’ troubles and your own?  Of the unendingness of it all?  You may need a break from the human race.  A cheerful respite for a weary mind.  

In a beleaguered mood, it may help to align with a different species.  To immerse your brain in the joys and rhythms of another way of life.  To allow your inner currents to reverberate once more with the revelries and innocence of song.  

Why not prepare some Wild Bird Suet?  February is National Bird-Feeding month in the United States.  Wild Bird Suet is easy to make in your home kitchen and freezes well if you only want to use a little at a time.  Once made, you can insert the suet into a suet feeder, hang it in your yard and allow the gentle happy havoc of the feeding frenzy to mercifully buffet and restore your battered senses.  Here's the recipe:  

2 cups lard
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups quick-cooking oats
2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup birdseed
2 Tablespoons fine sand for grit (optional) 

Melt lard, peanut butter and sugar in a saucepan on low heat and stir until well blended. Remove from heat and stir in oats, cornmeal, flour, birdseed and sand, if using. Spoon mixture into containers suitable for freezing and, for standard suet feeders, to a depth of about one inch. Cool, cut into shapes that fit your suet feeders and freeze until ready to use.