• Many people are beset with far too many unwanted emails and especially ones that are not even relevant to them or helpful to receive. It is not necessary to “reply to all” unless all the people that received the original email need to read your response. A simple “reply” is often all that is required.

• It will soon be the time of year when bears come out of hibernation, are hungry and looking for food. They are attracted to birdfeeders by the smell of the leftover bird seed fermenting on the ground. It is a good idea to dispose of the messy grains before your feeders become the target of unwanted visitors.

• A father was skiing at Sutton with his two teenagers and, after each run, they agreed to meet at the bottom of the slope before taking the chairlift back up the mountain. After one such run, the boys waited and waited for their father and, after about fifteen minutes, they were becoming impatient and a little anxious. Low and behold, a somewhat disheveled and very snow-covered Dad appeared looking somewhat disgruntled. He had stopped behind a tree to answer nature’s call when an out-of-control skier crashed into him and catapulted him unceremoniously into a snowbank. The boys never learned how their father dealt with the errant skier.

• An avid cross-country skier and her dog were quite disconcerted to find that an intruder had followed their well-defined tracks. Not only were there huge hoof prints decimating the trail but large delectable pellets of scat to distract the canine from the usual speedy outing. A moose had obviously enjoyed navigating, with his own personal GPS, and seemed to enjoy making the ski tracks part of his regular route. So far he has made sure his daily strolls haven’t coincided with the lady and her dog.