“I don’t feed the birds because they need me; I feed the birds because I need them.”

This morning was a busy one. Gracie and I went to the dump, out to breakfast, and finally to the store to buy a few grocery items for my friends who are house-ridden. I figured I’d get everything done in one fell swoop so I can loll the rest of the day. It was pleasant driving around this morning with the sun shining and the day warm at 48˚. I think a ride would be nice later today.

The birds are back in force, most are house finches. I watched them for a while this morning. A few chickadees dropped by the largest feeder and the gold finches staked their claim on the thistle. I saw birds drinking from water along the side of the road, water leftover from yesterday’s tremendous rain storm. The roads are still damp in places, mostly under the shadows of the trees. One bird was singing this morning from a tree behind the window, and I thought it glorious like on a spring or summer day when the birds greet the morning. Maybe it was just thanks for the seeds.

Festivities are in short supply after Christmas. January, except for New’s Year’s, is a dull month. Valentine’s Day is the only February highlight though when I worked I did have a week’s vacation. March has St. Patrick’s Day, always an excuse to have a few friends over for corned beef and libations. April is my hopeful month when I look forward to a few warm days and a feeling that spring is not so far away. My friends and I go out to dinner on Easter, a wonderful tradition. We go to the same restaurant every year, right on the water, where the food and drinks are delicious. We take our time and enjoy each other’s company. Usually the sun is shining and the day warm, or warmer by comparison. I think of it as the harbinger of spring, hence the hopefulness.

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8 Comments on ““I don’t feed the birds because they need me; I feed the birds because I need them.””

  1. Clare Stevens Says:

    You forgot Chinese New Year – Jan 31 this year. Time to make our crafts!

    • katry Says:

      Clare,
      I think it was fortunate I forgot those crafts. The paper frustrates the heck out of me!! My favorite parts are the Chinese food and Tony trying to use chopsticks!

  2. olof1 Says:

    It has been snowing for more than 24 hours now but the flakes are tiny so it isn’t that much on the ground after all. But it’s only 14F here by the cottage so it’s most likely around 11F by the car. It always get colder closer to the bog even if it only is a few yards between the car and the cottage.

    We have nothing until easter here and easter is late this year. Valentines day isn’t that big here and the Chinese new year is something very few know of 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      That is too cold! I’m glad the snow isn’t amounting to all that much despite how long it has been snowing. We had that storm when it snowed all night and we ended up with 8 inches.

      Not many people celebrate Chinese New Year here either, but Clare is a friend of mine, and we began celebrating it a few years ago.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    When I worked, one of my jobs was as technical lead for a unit. Essentially, I was the problem solver and back-up manager. It was taxes so this time of the year was our busy time.
    Once a week I would look up What Happened On This Day for the Wednesday or Thursday and I’d plan a little party with that for a theme. We couldn’t have anything huge because… BUSY! so I would just bring in snacks and small decorations that had to do with whatever thing happened on that day. Sometimes it was a stretch and the team had to guess. They looked forward to what the theme might be and it did help to break up the winter blahs coupled with busy season pressure.
    The moral of the story is: make your own holiday and celebrate it! 🙂

    Today is It’s Not Snowing or Raining and It’s Not Horribly Cold Day. I have celebrated by sitting outside on the stoop with the dog and taking him for a walk around the neighborhood.
    I think later on we will have a steak bomb pizza. Sounds good to me.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m with you on the make your own holiday. Clare is a friend, and I started our Chinese New Year a few years back. We also do Day of the Dead. Another favorite we celebrated was Cowboy Day. We all wore cowboy hats and bandanas and played cowboy music. I have a calendar which tells what is celebrated for that day or month.

      The sun disappeared here, and it got colder. The nice day didn’t last long. I took a couch nap, always a short one as Gracie hogs too much of the space.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  4. Bob Says:

    I am here in New Jeresy enjoying this heat wave after the Artic freeze in Toronto. 🙂

    People living in the city should stop feeding the birds regardless of what Mary Poppins says. Birds crap everywhere and ruin paint jobs on cars and defile statues. Besides their nusence problem they carry diseases and can take down jet aircraft around airports. There are no natural food for the birds in big cities except for what well meaning do gooders feed them. If we stop feeding them they will go back to more rural areas.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      You arrived in Jersey in good time, after the deep freeze had left. The 40’s feel balmy after the single digits have gone.

      Not much to eat around here in the winter for the birds. The chickadees and finches would find little or nothing. The only place where you might have a problem with bird crap is at the beach where the seagulls are indiscriminate poop droppers. Pigeons are likely to migrate.


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