Maybe Tomorrow

“How are you doing?”

I hear that question a lot lately, and I’m always grateful. Whether it is directed at me, or another person, I love knowing how much others care.

These past two months have been rough on everyone. I don’t know a single soul who is not yearning to be outdoors, or shopping, or dining out with their friends. The stay-at-home directives have been challenging for us all, and now we’re growing restless, and our nerves are wearing thin.

Coping

In recent weeks, I have decreased the amount of time I spend watching the news on TV and scrolling through social media. And I am happier for it. It’s not easy to dial back a habit, but sometimes it is necessary. For me, it had become an unhealthy coping mechanism.

We all know we could make better use of our time, but when we are stuck inside with nowhere to go, it’s easier to say, “Maybe tomorrow.”

There is always something enticing to grab our attention, to get us to ‘click’ and read further. Then, of course, we must comment, copy and share with all our friends. Before we know it, half the day is gone. And it’s time you cannot get back.

Hoping

The good news is that we are slowly coming out of the COVID quarantine. It will be a gradual process, so this is a good time to dial back the distractions, and make the most out of our remaining indoor time.

In our home, I’ve been doing more reading lately, and cooking up some meals from my dusty cookbook collection. Now that the weather is warmer, my husband is gardening again. We’re also back into “purging mode” as we prepare to downsize our home next year. That also means finishing repair projects, and tackling new ones we have been putting off. And maybe even planning again for our vacation that was cancelled.

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When you look back on this time years from now, what do you want to remember? Hopefully you will have some endearing and happy memories, as well as the ones we’d all rather forget. If you haven’t journaled at all lately, this is a great time to write down your thoughts. Organize your recent photos and write down what you were doing during this time and why. Wouldn’t that make an interesting time capsule?

With all the bad news around us, be sure you take time in the next days and weeks to remember all the good things going on too! I’ve enjoyed John Krasinski’ Some Good News on YouTube. (Click the link to see one of my favorite episodes!)

And on this Memorial Day weekend, please also pause to remember those who have sacrificed so much for us in the name of freedom. And pray for all our brave men and women in uniform who are serving around the world today.

Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash

Feeders and Feathers

Today has been a wonderful day of relaxation with my family. My brother came for the afternoon and we all sat down and enjoyed a delicious pot roast, followed by warm slices of wild blueberry pie. All the while, we watched as dozens of birds stopped by to visit our feeders.

I wish I had thought to turn on the HDR feature on my iPad, but I’ll share a few of the photos I took through our sliding door. My favorite photos show the newest arrivals . . . at least two pair of Eastern Bluebirds!

The first pair arrived at the bird bath and large feeder mid-week. My husband put out some suet pellets and dried mealworms. That was a good call because another pair showed up shortly thereafter, and they have been frequent visitors ever since.

The suet has been a big hit this week, with five different feeding stations for our feathered friends. We have seen Downy Woodpeckers, Carolina Wrens, a Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and the bluebirds too.  Our thistle feeders have been busy with House Finches as well as American Goldfinches with their duller winter plumage. A sure sign of spring will be when the males begin showing patches of their beautiful bright yellow feathers. I will be watching!

During the brief snowfall on Saturday morning, we counted SEVEN pair of Northern Cardinals! Some of them visit the sunflower feeders, but most seem content just foraging for seeds and cracked corn on the patio. They were joined by a dozen or more Dark-Eyed Juncos and a pair of Mourning Doves. And of course the squirrels. For the most part, everyone gets along until a Bluejay arrives, or a flock of European Starlings crashes the party.

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. — Matthew‬ ‭6:26‬a

I know there are mixed feelings in the birding community of whether or not we should feed backyard birds. There are strong opinions on both sides, and obvously, I fall on the bird feeder side. From my perspective, it’s a win-win for me and the birds. I provide food, water and shelter for these beautiful creatures, and they provide me with endless hours of year-round enjoyment!