Tuesday, January 31, 2011
But … did I follow through with that?
I dillied and dallied and played with our new computer. Took care of the feeding, playing and cleaning up of the feline part of our family.
Went outside, filling up bird feeders & suet holders.
Finally .. outside and started my walk. Or at least, that is what I intended to do. Then I met a neighbour and so we began a conversation about the neighbourhood . .and the ugly big box building that is going on in the neighbourhood. And things along that vein. Another neighbour joined our group. And the discussion continued.
Finally, shivering .. it was chilly! I bade goodby and began my trek to Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary.
Promised myself that I would only walk to the short observatory and then return home .. lots of studying to be done.
Well .. once I got there .. I just relaxed and continued walking on the pathways – looking out for birds. Then I met up with one of the guardians of this wonderful treasure of nature and we had a chat about the goings-on. Sad to hear that the eagles had captured a Heron. At first I was shocked, and then, later on, during my walk, I remembered hearing that Beacon Hill Park had experienced the same problem .. years ago. That was a time when I wasn’t tuned in to the majestic beauty of these birds. Now, this saddens me. I know .. it’s nature.
So I enjoyed seeing the cheerful appearance of the Robins .. the wrens .. the Mallards. Didn’t see any eagles during my time there. Not much happening at the short observatory. Looked at the marsh grasses .. wondering when these grasses would grow tall enough for the Marsh Wren to build her nest.
The lake was empty of birds ..only a few Coots swimming around. No Herons. No Geese. They must be dining elsewhere. Funny, last year I used to walk around the Sanctuary nearly every day and I always saw so much activity. This year I’ve settled into a different pattern of more activity, less walking .. and I don’t see very many birds. (except for today and I’ll write about that tomorrow!! whoo .. eee .. this was a great day!)
Finally, time to go back home and start my “learnin”!
In the kitchen, I turned on the laptop .. this thing is a workhorse. It’s a second-hand Toshiba that I purchased last year for $85. It’s not the fastest laptop in the world, but .. it’s paid for. And it plods ahead.
I opted to using this instead of our brand spanking new computer because:
a) the new computer is in the side room or “study”
b) the laptop is portable .. and I set it up on the kitchen table. This way, I can look out the kitchen window and see the birds.
We’ve set up one of those translucent bird feeders that attach to the window with suction cups. The birds love it. And the aluminum blinds, well, I’ve angled them so that the birds can’t see us .. and so they can relax and feed at will. So sweet to see them standing on the top of the sundeck fencing area and on a board beneath the window .. nibbling away at birdseed.
They are so very sweet .. tiny little sparkling eyes, fluffy plumage. And yesterday morning, after I’d opened up the blinds and flung aside the kitchen curtains .. there was a little Red-Breasted Nuthatch. I love his little nasal chirps. No mistaking him.
There is so very much information to learn … I just worked away, reading from the course textbook, typing notes .. willing all this information to stick to my consciousness.
Then, later, supper prepared for DH and then it was time for me to go out for a monthly Coronation Street supper … a few hours of talking about the show .. and other things. Quite a fun evening. Listening to some friends discussing their travels… and catching up on what’s been going on. Lots of fun. There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as a good meal and lively conversation and that’s what we enjoyed last night!
Then, we dissect the life out of the show’s scripts .. sometimes they are so good and other times .. not worth the air time. There is always a variety of writers so the scripts are sometimes much better than others.
Oh oh .. a reminder that DH & I will see William Roach in just over a month! yippeee. I still need to make up a list of questions. A once in a lifetime opportunity to do so. So the questions need to be good .. and unusual!
Well .. the day is done and so time to end this lengthy rambling.
Tomorrow … I’ll focus on more studying. I sure love this Organic Master Gardening Course .. a program like no other!!
And .. I just have to visit Swan Lake again .. I’m hooked!