Saturday, May 21, 2011

My World at the Moment

My world at the moment consists of walking with a cane and resting often. I spend most of my time in bed or a chair, yet I still must see the birds. This morning I woke around 7:30 a.m to watch the birds gathering at my Mother's backyard feeders. It is another gray day here. I see the slate sky foggy and soft over the vacant lot behind her house. Almost all the trees have leafed out, but a few are still in the budding stage. I wish I knew what species they were.

The cardinals seem to be the first birds to come to the feeder in the morning, along the robins, catbirds, and house sparrows. Last night at dusk the chimney swifts flew, batlike and chattering over the rooftops. I wanted to join their flight! This afternoon I went outside with my mother and we cleaned out her fountain and got it running again for the year. It looks like and old millstone and I love to sit by the thing at her table and watch birds. Now that she has moved one of her feeders to the backyard this will be even easier. Along with the gray squirrels who live abundantly in her yard there is also a very chubby and well fed woodchuck that lives under the garage. I saw him yesterday and again later on in the afternoon. He looks like a fat and pokey old man, though he could be a girl I suppose.

We get the fountain clean and full and sit down in our chairs to relax. I have my books and bins around me and am ready for a pleasant afternoon when suddenly a few drops of rain start to fall. I look above at the dark woolly sky and hope it is only a brief shower, but then the heavens open wide and dump their swollen waters down on us. We grab our things and bolt for the house as fast as we can. Soon I hear rumbles of thunder. This now becomes a perfect day for a cup of tea and a good book. I am currently reading Bernd Heinrich's A Year in the Maine Woods. Soon I am lost in the forest with deer and ravens and snow. Soon I am lulled to sleep by the rain. Not a bad way to spend my day after all, but I do want to get out and see some more birds!

All of this turmoil and confinement has inspired me to write more poetry, so if you are interested, stop by Kathie's Poet Tree and take a peek!


  1. Oh Kathie my poor darling, what a litany of unfortunate events! I do hope your recovery is swift and also that of your computer.
    I have not been posting for lack of an internet connection while travelling and I have sooo many photos and little opportunity to show them.

    Get well soon dear friend and I hope your neighbour has learned his lesson and will no longer bother you.

    Love . . . Arija

  2. Hi Kathie

    It sounds like your Mom's yard is a good place to relax and enjoy nature.

    Take care.


  3. Kathy, even with the rain it sounds like a lovely time spent at your mothers. Nice post, I hope you are feeling well soon.

  4. Dear Kathie, what a run of bad luck. I sincerely hope that your recovery (and the computer) is not too protracted. Take care my friend and enjoy whatever views of the wildlife are available. FAB.

  5. ...oh my're dealing with a lot of stress. Hope your back continues to heal...glad you found a wonderful book to get you through.

  6. Hi Kathie, I was just thinking about you so here I am to see how you are and it looks like you have a ways to go in the healing process. Wishing you a very speedy recovery. Your Mum's garden does sound like a lovely way to relax so I hope the sun shines for you very soon in so many ways :)

  7. Had a sneak preview on Amazon of the book, it looks a very interesting read Kathie


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.