Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Avian good things

Taking vacation-dog, Zeke, who showed up on the porch one night several years ago, is a joy. He has lots of energy and enthusiasm, not to mention he likes to look up at trees while we walk. The goats down the road amuse me more than him. He's busy sniffing flowers or watching for squirrels.

Sitting on the beautiful wraparound porch in the late afternoon sun means we're serenaded by downy woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, bluebirds, cardinals, nuthatches and the buzz of hummingbirds. I've never seen the latter sit still til one settled on a bare branch this evening. By far, my favorite was the four newly hatched chicks in the nest in the hat of the snowman wind chime. As soon as one of the parents landed on the nest, it was like a pressure plate activated the babies. Four fuzzy heads popped up, mouths open wide.

We had a lazy day walking downtown past old shops and houses that fronted the main street rail line. It boggled my mind that trains cut right through the middle of the street. At least five went past while we were wandering.

Lots of fresh air, walking and some good conversations, not to mention Irish cream over ice, have zapped all my energy. I actually had a much-needed nap this afternoon. Vacations can be exhausting.

How are you doing?

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