For the Birds

It’s Saturday, and I’m starting the new year with a non-Sunday post. 😀

We enjoyed wonderful holiday celebrations this year. Christmas was quiet and mostly relaxing — once all the wrapping, baking, decorating and cooking was done. We were also blessed to have both children with us again. Now, after weeks of rushing around, it’s time to settle into a normal routine.

One odd thing though, is that it doesn’t quite feel like winter in Northern Virginia. We have seen plenty of precipitation, but it’s all been the liquid variety. It has been foggy, rainy, and mild, with only occasional morning frost. Mind you I am not complaining. (Well, maybe just a little.) Being a native of Massachusetts, I do love a good snowstorm now and then, if for no other reason than to slow things down a bit.

Calling All Birds!

My husband gave me a wonderful bird feeding station for Christmas. He set it up just outside our sliding glass door on the patio. There is a menu to please every taste: sunflower seeds, thistle, cracked corn and suet. Normally, it would be full of birds by now. However, I cannot decide whether it’s the close proximity to our house, or the balmy weather that is keeping my feathered friends away. Perhaps it’s a little of both. We will give it another week or so before deciding if we need to find a new location.

Of course the squirrels never seem to mind where we locate the bird feeders. They always find a way to get their fill!

As life takes on a slower pace this winter (if it ever arrives), I hope to participate in at least one Saturday morning bird walk organized by our local wildlife conservancy. I also plan to spend more lazy mornings sipping coffee and watching Chickadees come and go at my feeders. For me, that is truly one of life’s greatest pleasures!

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭148:7-12‬