Carolina Wren 2-1-11
I have tried to maintain a positive attitude since moving here. It has been pleasant to see maple trees and northern forests again. I have loved seeing the restless ocean and quiet New England lakes. Gus and I are both enjoying seeing our families again. Visiting family and going on birding adventures has already taken us many places around new England. Some are old and familiar, and some are new places to explore. My bird lists were growing for each state, and then the winter storms hit. One after another in snow that is measured in feet, not inches. Suddenly I find myself with cabin fever feeling lost and trapped. Suddenly I am wondering, where do I really belong? Where would I live if money were no object and our place of residence was not tied to a job?
This is not an easy decision to make since it is not mine alone. I am married to Gus and, like most couples, what we like is often at opposite ends of the spectrum! He likes the ocean, I like the mountains, he likes modern and contemporary, I often like rustic. He likes metal and glass, I like the warmth of wood. However, we both like the Sonoran Desert, and right now I am really missing that sunshine and warmth! And the birds! I am missing my desert birds! I am missing hummingbirds in winter and Sandhill Cranes by the thousands!
But, when I moved in here, I made a promise to myself that I would not waste all my time “here” pining for “there.” And so, I have tried to enjoy my life as it is. I set up my bird feeders, found new places to bird, and went exploring. But, then we started having problems with one of our neighbors. While I cannot go into details, it has involved the court system and the police. On top of all this, the winter storms have worn me down. This is why sometimes you do not hear from me. I hope there will be a resolution sometime soon, but until then, I am just trying to muddle through. Having you, my blogging friends, really helps. Many times your comments cheer me on a gloomy day. I know the sun will shine and flowers will bloom again. At least, that is what I tell myself when I am out shoveling after yet another storm.
“I do believe in flowers, I do believe in flowers,…and I do believe in hope!
By the Way, I just want to introduce you to my friend Kathryn’s Blog: My Mountain Green. Kathryn has been my friend for over 12 years. She was my first Birding Buddy and we used to go out birding together in Utah and Arizona. Kathryn has been a faithful reader of my blog and I wondered how long it would take for her to start her own! Well, she has finally done it and you will not believe what bird showed up in her backyard recently! Go take a look!
Also, poetry is happening over at Kathie’s Poet Tree. I’ve been writing poems about being Winter Weary. Imagine that! A new poem is up and more are set to post in the next few weeks.