A couple of years ago I learned that one way to deal with icy places on steps and paths is to scatter birdseed. I liked this idea better than using salt which is harmful to plants when it gets to the soil. I started scattering birdseed on my front porch steps and it didn’t take long for the little birds to come to eat there. I enjoy peeping through the window and watching them. And I really like to see their little birdy footprints, like delicate tracery, in the snow.
What I hate to see is the cat footprints that sometimes go through the delicate little footprints. You can see a cat footprint in this picture. The neighbor’s cat feels at home walking on my porch, but I’m thinking maybe he is hoping to catch an unwary little bird. I hope he won’t be successful.