Saturday started out quite nicely. I sat on my front porch, drinking my morning coffee, and was given the gift of watching a hummingbird visit the lavender flowers of my hostas. I am almost superstitious in thinking that it is a good omen whenever I see a special bird, especially hummingbirds. That shouldn’t be surprising after the amazing experience I had some years ago. I just feel that God speaks to me of His blessing whenever I see bluebirds or hummingbirds or… Really almost any, that lifts my spirit.
I also saw a tiger swallowtail butterfly. The butterfly population has been reduced so anytime I see them now is cause for celebration. When I first moved out here in this rural area there were so many beautiful butterflies, but over the years I have noticed their numbers and those of honey bees are minimal.
But two lovely creatures in one day- plus the sound of a blue jay. We have mockingbirds around here so I can’t be positive, but I heard the distinctive song of the blue jay. It is sort of a hollow call and used to be so common ( although there were always more of those in the city, they thrive more there it seems). The West Nile virus just decimated them, though. Maybe they are making a comeback. They are sort of noisy and aggressive birds, but so pretty in their smart blue, white, and black plumage. Interesting birds.
The largest part of my day, however was spent mowing. Mowing and rounding up the kids to try and get everyone to do a little of the yard work. That was somewhat frustrating. And sometimes I enjoy the mowing, but today it was more of a chore.
I had my husband buy some mulch, so that we can mulch some of the trees.
So that was my day in the life for this Saturday. The skies were blue and the sun was shining clear, but not so much that it was unpleasant. The bird visits were a cheering addition and my yard is slowly gaining some semblance of a garden again, although it will take much more to truly recover. I have to trim back the Shasta viburnums … They are swamping the fringe trees and reaching out towards the drive.
I think I will try to purchase some mums soon. Just to try and forget the gardens woebegone look from my past two years of neglect.
Til next time….
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