“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

Spawns of Satan is already taken so I don’t know what to call the bird that pecks the side of my house and wakes me up. It has found the most inaccessible spot for me to get at it to shoo it away. I’m thinking a hose with the water at its strongest will reach the spot and scare away the bird. I wouldn’t dare try a stone because I’d probably break a window though it isn’t really all that close to the bird’s spot. It’s not a woodpecker, but I think it’s a nuthatch. Whatever it is doesn’t matter. That bird is going down!

It is still a damp day though the rain has stopped. The temperature is supposed to be in the 40’s and by mid-week close to 60˚. I think the sun would help if it would only come out of hiding.

I have to venture onto the deck later to fill the feeders. I watch the birds from the window while I wait for my coffee and have noticed how bright and beautiful the male gold finches are. Today I also had two house finches and a flicker. My stalwart chickadees have returned though they are fewer than usual.

The mornings are alive with the songs of birds. I woke up at one point and couldn’t see the clock but knew it must be close to dawn as I could hear birds welcoming the day. That is one of the best parts of spring: that the days are again filled with sound. Winter tends to blunt them. We all stay warm and secluded in our houses. The decks and yards are empty. We go from the house to the car to the store to the car and then home. Warm spring days, though, call to us to come outside. The sun is inviting. The world is alive again. It’s as if we’re shedding our winter coats and, like bears, leaving our caves. The long hibernation is finally over.

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21 Comments on ““It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.””

  1. Bob Says:

    When I awoke this morning I realized that I didn’t feel any different at 66 than I did a 65. It is good to have birthdays because not having them is bad for one’s health 🙂

    Spring is in full bloom here with sunny skies, some wind and temperatures in the upper 70s. Some places around these parts might even get into the 80s. April and October are the only months when you can drop the top of your convertible and enjoy the wind blowing in your hair. I have settled for a sun roof and only open it, other than a crack for ventilation, in the spring and fall months. Driving with your top down in either the dead of winter or the heat of summer is just showing off your wealth and your stupidity.

    Tomorrow I am traveling back to Toronto for the week and can’t decide if I should bring my leather winter jacket or my spring wind breaker and a sweater. They are predicting temperatures in the lower 70s by the middle of next week. I always travel light.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I always feel the same way, no different than the day before when I was younger.

      We are going to be 60˚ on Thursday, and I can barely wait. We have barely been in the 50’s most days so 60 is like summer. I know it is the same here every year because of the ocean, but I still get anxious for spring. On the other end, we have the most amazing fall which goes on forever, also because of the ocean, so this is the time of the year I have to remember the quid pro quo.

      I’d go with the layers rather than a winter jacket. Traveling light means leaving that heavy jacket home! I bet you’ll have lovely weather.

      • Bob Says:

        If I lived in the great white north and retired with some extra cash I would become a snowbird. South Texas beaches in the winter and cool summers in the North. I wouldn’t want to retire to Florida because there are too many old people living there. The state symbol should be a steering wheel a hat below with two hands on top of the wheel. They let people in Florida drive themselves to the cemetery. Some old drivers in Florida drive all day long with their left turn signal going. In Florida it’s called an eventual left turn. South Florida is the only place on earth where one has to go north to find the old south.

        I’m going to take your advice and chance that once tax day passes snow storms along the US/Canadian border are over until November. Canada is the only country that I have to bring a letter from my company stating that I am not training clients but new employees to enter the country. I wonder how many undocumented Americans have taken Canadian’s jobs since the start of the Bush era great recession 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        Bob,
        I have a couple of friends who are snowbirds and they leave in November and return in April. I would miss my friends and all the things we do together like Christmas gingerbread houses, Day of the Day and on and on. We have all these traditions I love.

        Last winter was warm and had no snow. Tis winter was cold and snowy. You never know what you’re going to get-I’m okay with that. I’ve lived here my whole life.

        I do hope Canada will be warmish!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Like Tom Waits sang: “You can never hold back spring” 🙂
    Blackbirds are building a nest on our terrace. I hope they let us use the terrace too.
    (Short coffee&coffee-break at home before leaving town again. No time to read everything and rant about Thatcher politics.)

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      No one ranted. I was surprised.

      You just had snow, and now you have nesting birds. Sounds discombobulating.

      Have a good trip!!

      • Birgit Says:

        Yesterday I still saw some spots of old snow and tomorrow we’ll probably reach 68 F. It’s crazy, but I don’t complain. Finally spring
        and hopefully flowers soon!
        Not a single Thatcher rant? Too bad I’m late and too tired to rant now. Anyway, more interesting than Mrs Thatcher are the songs of the Washington March for Freedom 1963:
        http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=1414
        Baez, Odetta, Dylan, your favorite trio and more. Just in case you want to listen and remember.

      • Kat Says:

        Birgit,
        My spring bulbs are all blooms, and I can’t help but admire my garden.

        I downloaded that whole album. Couldn’t help myself! Thanks so much for sending it along.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s bleeding cold up here. The grey is a little brighter than it was yesterday but that’s not saying much. It’s still damp.
    The house next to me had a similar bird problem. They attached long mylar ribbons to that corner of the house. I guess the shiny, rippling strands keep the birds away. Check with the local Agway or bird supplier to see if they have something like that. Maybe your factotum can put it up for you.
    Tonight we are supposed to have a fair chance at seeing aurora borealis, weather permitting. That would be cool.
    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      When I went to feed the birds, I realized how cold it is. The dampness doesn’t help either. I finished filing the feeders faster than ever so I could get back inside the house.

      My factotum would have to put it up as my bedroom is on the third floor, and I’d never reach the spot. As I have a walk-in cellar, the back of the house has three floors while the front has but one. I’m in the den, on the second floor. Thanks for the suggestion. I have to go to Agway tomorrow anyway to get dog food.

      The clouds are horrid but maybe they’ll disappear by then. Hope springs eternal!

  4. olof1 Says:

    Fog here this morning while we were out walking and the second we came home snow started to fall. But the night had been fairly warm (that’s above 32F 🙂 ) so it melted as soon as it hit the ground. No sunshine all day though so I’ve napped a lot today, watched some trailers on Youtube (Oblivion amongst other ones) and cleaned the lawn after my dogs.

    Spring sort of makes us alive again and they say we’ll start living tomorrow 🙂 Sunshine and warm winds most part of the day and I’m so looking forward to it 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      Snow! No! It’s spring! You’re not supposed to have snow!! Snow that melts so quickly is what we call spring snow. It is too warm for it to hand around unlike winter snow.

      We got the sun this afternoon. I was watching the baseball game in Boston, and they had sun so I knew it was working its way down here. It’s still chilly though, and the game is still on in extra innings.

  5. Morpfy Says:

    a nice version of Stings “Fields of Gold” song

    • katry Says:

      Morpfy,
      I have long been an Eva Cassidy fan, and you are right. This is a really nice version of Fields of Gold. It always makes me a bit sad to hear it as she died so young.

      • Caryn Says:

        Sad to say I cringe every time I hear this song by anyone. I had never heard of Eva Cassidy until I started my massage therapy internship. The therapist who was my supervisor played this song the first time I worked on him. He told me that she had died very young and before many had heard about her. He was an excellent supervisor and teacher. I learned a lot while working with him. But he LOVED this song. He played it every time I worked on him. Apparently he played it a lot when he worked on his clients because it was always cued up when I used that room. I found it very depressing after a while and began to check the cd player to be sure it wasn’t going to come up while I was in the room with any of my clients.
        I still can’t listen to anything by Eva Cassidy, talented as she was.

      • Kat Says:

        Caryn,
        That’s too bad as she was quite the singer, but I understand. Stuff gets connected in ways which make us cringe. Even names do that. I have memories of awful people, and anyone with that name carries the burden of awfulness. Hard to shake.

  6. Diane Says:

    Kat, those darn nuthatches were pecking my house too. They had no intention of moving even though I was shooing them from only a few feet away!

    • katry Says:

      Diane,
      We need to get rid of them somehow. Mine is so persistent I can’t stand it. I’m putting up a sign and sending them down to Tony and Clare’s. Caryn’s comment suggested mylar strips would scare them away. I’ll check Agway.

  7. splendid Says:

    Dear Kat, So funny that you brought up ‘spawn of satan’ I used those very words yesterday and credited you. Friends of ours have so many varieties of birds that visit their feeders, and no trees nearby. I was commenting on the squirrels in my yard and quoted you. Hope the weather keeps warming up there. Hello to all the Coffee groupies!!

    • Kat Says:

      splendid,
      Thank you for the credit!! I haven’t seen as many this year yet. One chipmunk is light enough to eat at my squirrel buster feeder so I have to figure him out. Lots of birds are around though so I’m happy!!

      Warm today and getting warmer the whole week.


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