Brrr II and birds

It’s early, and cold. We kept the fire going late last night, so it’d warm the house longer, and also make it easier to get it going in the morning. Good thing. When it’s down below freezing, it gets cold in here FAST. There’s a certain edge of chilliness that can’t be shaken from the main floor of the house unless a good fire is in the fireplace, or if the temperature outside goes up in the 60’s or higher with a couple of Sunny days to boot.

We aren’t using our air system at all this past Autumn and then Winter/Spring so far. It needs cleaned out and so we just decided to go with the flow for now. Natural with supplemental windows open or shut just enough, fires when needed, curtains or shades up or down when sun wanted or not. It’s worked out, but definitely showed us that we need a better thing than this silly fireplace. A stove would be a better deal.

Well, for a cold morning, the birds outside are still acting like Spring is here, which it is, just colder a bit today. There were a pair of twitterpated House Finches on the deck a while ago, and I just chased off a bunch of European Starlings which were bothering the Easter Bluebird couple. This is a nice arrangement. I watch out for them, and when I see Starlings hanging out by the Bluebird’s nesting box, I go outside and clap and yell “Shoo!” and the Starlings fly away. The Bluebirds stay. πŸ™‚

Today the Bluebirds were in one of the Apple Trees near the nest box, and Mr. Bluebird was very excited, flapping his wings wildly, while Mrs. Bluebird just sat there a few feet away on another branch.

There is activity in the nest box. They’ve been watching over it all along since last breeding season. I cleaned it out for them last week. There was a big Daring Jumping Spider living in it. They seemed to be thankful for my getting it out, as they now have a small circle of dried grass materials on the bottom of the box … a sure sign that they are thinking of building soon. From Mr. Bluebirds behaviour this morning, I suspect we’ll see lots more of that twitterpated flapping of wings over on the South side of the backyard now.


  1. Hi Marysue! Hope it has warmed up there again and that you are doing well! πŸ™‚

  2. Tamara, It did warm up, and has been Summer then Spring again since you asked πŸ˜‰

    I was doing alright, but of course have been in limbo of sorts since …

    That’s about it. I tried to go to church this morning, but fled when it all overwhelmed me just a few feet inside the building. Face to face contact with lots of people who know, I wasn’t ready for it. I felt shriveled inside and my vision blurred and oh it was horrific.

    My garden doesn’t say it’s sorry, and for that I’m so grateful. It just exists. Growing (well, what’s planted so far) and smiling. Well, it’s all so much for me that Frank did take me home. It was Church Dinner day today, so it was a grand thing for me to go back to the safetey of my abode — all alone. Sigh.

    Frank wants me to write some things out about my feeling and such, what I’m thinking and going through. So maybe I’ll begin doing that here somewhere. I’ve thought about a handwritten journal, but it’s so much less painful to type out thoughts … I’ve gotten so acustomed to the keyboard. πŸ™‚ And, I don’t mind publishing as I go. It’s a medium I’ve been comfortable with.

    Well, God knows what’s best. He’s given me trials to face through the years, if only so that I can have empathy for others who go through the same thing in the future. This is partly that, to me. Though a great greivance as well personally.

    This is more than I intended to reply with. My fingers and brain work together to do things before I am fully aware of what they’ve done sometimes! πŸ˜‰

  3. That’s ok…saying more than you originally intended. I’m glad to be technically “faceless and distant” so you were more comfortable to do so…although I know I’m not the only one “hearing” your words. Proximity is more difficult in things such as this. I’m the same…give me space…alone…and time. Totally understandable to me. Gardens are comforting that way aren’t they!?! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you are fortunate to be able to where you are at this time. I’ve been thinking about you a lot this week and was hoping, and suspecting ;), that you might be doing so. Hang in there. I’m confident you will come through this well because I know you are relying on God’s strength to do so! πŸ™‚

    Continuing to hold you (and your family) up in prayer,
    Tamara (AK)

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