Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Babies

It's one of those days when my mind is wandering and jumping from one subject to the other.  Hubby isn't feeling well right now and it makes me so sad to see him this way.    And, it is so hard for us to deal with the limitations that a chronic illness imposes.   We have tentative plans to go away for a few weeks later in the summer, but it will all depend on how he is feeling.    Some time ago, I had a moment of insight and realized that all our years of the ability and means to travel as we chose were leading up to this time when our travels are limited.  I am grateful for all those privileges, of course, but being human I can't help but want them to continue.

My stepson and his family were down for a visit.  They stayed over at the beach rather than with us, and it was definitely for the best.  
Having two rambunctious toddlers around 24/7 would have
been more than hubby or I could have handled.   
And, then there would have been the two adults and two teenagers, as well.
During the summer, the bird population in the back yard is reduced to the residents.  However, they do a wonderful job in keeping us entertained.  There are several juvenile cardinals and bluejays that still want to be fed by their parents but are quite capable of feeding themselves most of the time.  Their baby-like antics in the presence of the adults are quite comical.  We also have a juvenile red-bellied woodpecker that has been learning the ropes for backyard living.  He was so funny to watch trying to figure out how to drink from the birdbath.  Took him a couple of days, but now he's an old pro.  I think the parents must be starting a new clutch because I've seen the adult male harassing the little one.  I guess he's trying to sever the ties and force the little one to be on his own.  We see him most every day, though, so I guess the adults are content that they've done their duty and are now free to start on another clutch.  

Just now, there were five bluejays under the feeder.  I grabbed the camera but before I could get to the window, most of them flew up and away.  There are also skirmishes between the cardinals and bluejays for feeding rights.  

Today, the squirrels have been rather reserved.  On some days, though, they are truly like a circus what with chasing, tumbling and turning up, down and round the trees and back yard.  We can count up to seven of them at a time back there.  

Y'all take care. 

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