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Thursday, November 4, 2011

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Thursday was a day fresh full of sunshine!   No rain, just sun .. some clouds .. followed by more sun.

What did I do yesterday .. it seems so very far away!

Basic household things .. and time spent outdoors.

I started working with my last yard of Miracle Mulch.  I’d moved this from the front driveway well over a month ago and it’s been sitting on a tarp ever since.   That sentence seems to make everything sound like it was an easy thing to transport the mulch from the front to the back.   Like, I just snapped my fingers and voila .. it was transported through the air, effortlessly.

In reality, it was a lot of work.  Filling the containers, marching them to the back yard.   Emptying the containers onto the tarp that I’d laid down on the ground.

Repeated maybe 50 times or so .. until finally there was a lovely heap of the mulch ready to be used in the yard.

It’s funny.  I’d lament and cry over doing housework, say, scrubbing walls or washing floors.  Yet, to put endless energy into moving yard materials from A to B is just a given.

In between working, time well spent just relaxing, watching the great varieties of birds that visit our yard.

I love them all, and am surprised at the variety of sparrows.   I’ve noticed the White-crowned Sparrow, and am very sure that there are some Rufous-winged sparrows, but not exactly sure on that.    The Chestnut-backed Chickadees are so very sweet .. with their little nasal chirp chirps.  The Downey Woodpecker seems to love calling out before he lands on the suet.   And the Red-breasted Nuthatch .. my oh my .. he is such a darling!

And there are others that I need to identify, also.  I’ve started paying attention to the guidelines for taking care of backyard birds, one of them is having a supply of water.  Tsk Tsk Tsk .. how did I not pay attention to that before?  So I’ve been filling up flat containers for them .. high enough so the cats can’t reach them.  Enough water for them to bathe and drink.

The Downey Woodpecker ventured over to a container yesterday afternoon to have a little drink of water.   Sweet.

Then I made a point of climbing up my pile of mulch and stomped over the surface quite thoroughly.   To compact the pile and hopefully start the heating process.   I’ve decided to make a circle of stones to the left of the pile .. and I’ll shovel the leaves into this space in a few weeks or so.  Then back and forth, all winter.

Time to start working on the far side of the fenced area .. where I had planted some bushes, vines and ground covers.   It’s funny, I’d saved newspaper and cardboard to start a week barrier at this side.  However, this isn’t needed!  As last year, I’d layered on quite a thick layer of mulch and hay .. with the result that there were very few weeds there.

Yesterday also .. I finished the front section of the yard .. ready enough and feng shui’d enough till next spring!

I’m so thankful for all this lovely warm sunshine (after the morning frost has been melted away) .. and pretend that summer is still here!

There is no end to the duties of the yard .. and I am so happy for that.   I don’t think the yard will ever be finished .. there will always be something to do or change.    And there is a lot of organizing that can take place beneath the sundeck.

But, the most important thing of all .. is to just sit quietly and observe the antics of the birds.  They are so funny.   Watching them fly to the feeders, sometimes they bump into each other.  They do scold one another.  Overall, I do not see any animosity.   All the varieties co-exist peacefully with each other and all feed from the same feeders.

I only wish I could translate the variety of chirps that I hear .. I can only wonder at the conversations that are taking place.

Well, it’s been a day!

And up early tomorrow!  Placing signs along Saanich .. hoping that people will get out and vote .. for a fresh new voice for our municipality.  Out with the tired and in with the energized!!!  I’ll do my part to get things going!

🙂

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

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I was feeling a little sluggish this morning, sore throat, impending cold approaching!  So not up at the break of dawn .. thus I felt as if half the day was gone already and it wasn’t yet 8 am.   I much prefer getting up early to start my day.

DH had discovered a new cold remedy, so I had taken two capsules.   And about an hour later, my throat is feeling better and I feel bright and alert.  More back to normal.

Anyway, washing dishes, mentally making a “to do” list for this morning’s activities … bustling about .. pot of tea made.  Milk fetched from the fridge .. poured just the right amount into my most favourite of tea mugs, the bone china one with the picture of a rose-festooned English manor .. I thought that this would brighten up my morning.

ok .. my morning is proceeding nicely, I pick up the milk carton and cat food tin (not for me .. ha ha .. I’d just fed kitty kats!).  Time is proceeding very well and I’ll soon get started on my daily chores.

I was headed towards the fridge when suddenly there was a blur of motion, and all I was a blaze of white as the milk from the spilled mug swiftly covered the kitchen drawers, some on the bottom of the stove .. and the remainder made an abstract design of white on the linoleum of the kitchen floor.

And there lay my lovely little tea mug.  The one that had brightened up my morning.  Lying on the floor … the fragments of its former beauty scattered around in bits.

Suddenly, it didn’t seem to be as important to accomplish my “to do” list.  I felt a momentary pang of sadness as I quietly viewed the remains of my pretty cup.

Is this yet another lesson to be paid attention to?  To just slow down and not try to rush around so much?  I think that it is.

I won’t mourn the loss of my mug .. although it was so pretty.  It served as a reminder to just calm down and do just one thing at a time.  It goes against my whole nature .. but I will give it a try.

Sigh.

Yesterday, the rains started.   My goal at the time was to create order out of chaos in the basement.  I started off with the recycling and when I’d finished sorting that out ..everything in its appropriate category, it was time to tidy up.   Basements are fine and dandy .. but sometimes, they just morph into ugly beings.  Anyway, after a few hours I’d achieved amazing results.

Then I went outside to garden for just a few hours.  Well, the back neighbour was in one of his “chipper” moods .. another marathon of loud noisy chipping .. so there goes my peace and quiet.  I returned inside and resumed my housecleaning duties.  And in the process I found items, long searched for and eventually I’d given up ever finding them.  One of the bonuses of tidying up.

I also found an old Coronation Street magazine .. one from many years ago.  So I spent a few minutes going down memory lane .. looking at photos of a young Gail Platt, before she & Martin became an item.  That’s going back aways.  Read through the newsletter.   Remembered the fun days when I’d started the Victoria CS Fan Club.  We’d held our first ever meeting upstairs in our living room.  It had been a cold and rainy night then also.  But we were such a happy group .. excited to be sharing our love of CS with like-minded people.   We are all still friends after all these years.  And we continue to meet once a month for dinner.  To discuss the show, can you believe it!

Several times I  ventured outside to take photos of the birds .. I’d cleaned out some bird feeders from last winter and replenished them with some great new wild bird seed.  And hung out a fresh suet block.  As I hung the block on a branch, I heard the excited twitter of one of the Brown Backed Chickadees!

Later on I heard the high-pitched cries of the woodpecker and soon he was latched on to the suet block.  When he momentarily flew to a nearby tree branch to peck away . .a little Chickadee flew to the block.  A few seconds later the woodpecker returned and the Chickadee left.  Pecking order, I think.

The winter is predicted to be very cold .. so I’ve stocked up on high energy suet blocks, bird seed & am busy making hummingbird nectar (3:1).   And I notice that the birds prefer to eat the thistle seed from the humble bird feeder that I’d made from a pop bottle (and a little kit from Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary).   The fancy song bird feeder (filled with thistle seed) is not as popular, for some reason .. although there are always birds feeding there.

I plan to ask DH to make a special free-standing bird feeder .. one that squirrels cannot climb on … one that has a large rectangular surface …

Anyway, I’ve calmed down now .. and am over my trauma of spilled milk and it’s time to start my lovely day .. I see the sun is shining and that means I’m heading outside!

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