“And from Humming-Bird to Eagle, the daily existence of every bird is a remote and bewitching mystery.”

The weather has settled into May. The days are in the 50’s and the nights down to the 40’s.Β The sun is shining and the sky is a lovely blue. It is warmer outside than here in the house. That’s the way it is this time of year. The heat is on for just a bit.

Everything is still. Even the new leaves on the ends of the oak branches aren’t moving. My neighborhood is quiet. All I hear are bird songs.

The other night I heard what first sounded like a weird bird song. I listened a while and then recognized a turkey gobbling. It was close but the sound faded as the turkey moved. It finally got too far away to hear.

My sister and I were talking about our town square. She remembers buying popcorn, and I remember the smell of it popping. Behind the stores was a small candy factory. I don’t remember anything about it except for that wondrous smell wafting through the square.

The popcorn conversation moved easily into Jiffy Pop. We both remembered the aluminum foil getting taller and taller as the corn popped. We also remembered that you had to keep shaking the pan or the corn would burn. We used to take turns shaking it. The buttery popcorn was worth the work.

Henry ate my cozy pants yesterday. He was upstairs when I left to do errands so I let him stay here. When I got home, I went to change. My cozy pants which I had thrown over the bottom of the bed when I got dressed were wet around the waist. I held them up and saw a big hole right above one leg. On the bed I found remnants of blue cloth, chewed remnants. Henry had found a way to keep busy. Today the gate is across the stairs.

I found a few more holes in my little library. I thought that would end with the death of one bird caught inside with the books. There must be something about the wood attracting the birds. I’m going to cover the new holes later, a stop gap solution. When I can, I’m going to the hardware store to find wood putty or something like it to fill in the holes. You’d think the birds would be more thankful given the feeders I fill with seed.

A holly tree is growing in the rough area outside my backyard fence. Some bird must have dropped seeds there. I only noticed the seedling when I was checking out the leaning fence, the section needing a new post. The tree is small but healthy looking with bright, shiny leaves. It is in a perfect spot for a tree.

I missed a meeting this morning. I forgot to put it on my calendar. That is so not me. I do have physical therapy later. That’s on the calendar.

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18 Comments on ““And from Humming-Bird to Eagle, the daily existence of every bird is a remote and bewitching mystery.””

  1. Bob Says:

    So Henry must be feeling comfortable at home to be biting holes in your cloths. Certain breeds of dogs need to be kept busy. What kind of job can you think of the train Henry to keep him occupied?

    The smell of fresh made popcorn is not only an unforgettable odor but one that makes my mouth water, especially with added real melted butter. My father had a friend who made millions in the popcorn business. He bought a popcorn store for his father to run in Kansas City next door to a movie theater in the Country Club Plaza shopping center. He realized how profitable popcorn was and opened popcorn manned stands with the machine popper in the entrances to several discount stores across the Midwest. In those days a 500 lb. bag of unpopped popcorn sold for $5. Imagine how many small bags of popped corn could be filled at twenty five cents a bag. Later he expanded into running snack bars in the discount stores.

    Today is another beautiful clear day with temperatures in the upper 80s. It’s May so the big thunderstorms can’t be too far away. πŸ™

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Henry is still a bit skittish but he is getting more and more comfortable. When he is downstairs and I leave him, he doesn’t touch anything. I don’t know what it is about upstairs.

      I also love to add real butter. There is a popcorn which is covered in chocolate and caramel. It isn’t cheap, but it is delicious. I buy it on special occasions.

      Your father’s friend was a smart businessman. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like popcorn.

      Today was in the 60’s. It was a beautiful day.

  2. Rick Oztown Says:

    91 yesterday in Austin. Still cool enough not to HAVE to run the A/C at night.

    Few years back, we picked up one of those pans with a crank to stir the popcorn inside. Makes me want some just to think of it!

    • katry Says:

      Rick,
      My air conditioner would be humming right along if the temperature got that high here. Heck, it would be humming if it got to 80˚.

      I have seen that pan. I think the Vermont Country Store still sells one. I’ve been making microwave popcorn, not as much fun to make but quick and easy.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Poor Henry. I don’t know how dogs do it. They always manage to find either the favorite cozy pants to nibble on or the brand new pair which still has the tags on because you haven’t worn them at all. Never do they chew the ones you want to toss out anyway. πŸ™‚

    I turned my heat on this morning for one cycle. It was just a bit too cool in house and I did want to be warm and cozy in bed for another hour or so. It didn’t work out that way. The dogs decided that just after dawn on a cool, foggy morning was a perfect time to be outside. And so we were.

    The Tropical Necco Wafers arrive on Sunday evening. I’ve eaten a few rolls by now and they are not too bad though I prefer the regular ones. I read that former CEO Al Gulachensky is trying to buy the company. He’s got a GoFundMe page to raise 20.2 million dollars to help save Necco Wafers and Sweethearts. In 27 days he’s managed to gather about $4700.00. Good luck to him.

    The day started out foggy but the sun came out and it’s been lovely. Doors were open as were some windows. It’s cooling off a lot now so I’ll be closing things up again.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Henry only gets bored upstairs. He does fine alone downstairs not eating anything. I think he ate the pants because they were on the bed. If I had put them on the chest at the foot of the bed, he wouldn’t have eaten them.

      I turned my heat on for the same reason. Tonight I’ll shut my window. Leaving it open made the house even colder.

      My Mary Janes, Tropical Necco Wafers and regular wafers arrived today. When I went to the store yesterday, they were out of Sky Bars. I was a bit disappointed. I don’t want eat the box I have as I’m saving that for movie nights.They once made Tropical Sky Bars but not anymore. They did sound unappetizing.

      It is chilly here as well. I’ve put on my sweatshirt.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Another perfect summer weather day here, we are spoiled by sun and warmth by now.
    Community planting in our suburb today and guitar open stage in the evening, friends were playing. It’s late now. When I’m at home I love to sit in the garden and watch and listen to the birds. This year we have many finches but still less blackbirds. It looks like the blackbird population hasn’t recovered from the blackbird virus yet.
    I’m glad to see that the chestnut trees in town are blooming beautifully, they were severely hit by a virus or fungus or whatever last year so I hope they survive. It’s a popular tree here. Each spring I have to remove a lot of tiny maple trees from the garden, for fun I always call it the Canadian invasion.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      We also had a lovely day today. It was in the 60’s, perfect for this time of year.

      I got a chuckle from your Canadian invasion!

      Nothing much going on around here yet. I won’t buy my plants for a couple of weeks. We won’t have any more frost but I always like to wait until mid-May for new flowers. I have a couple of lists: one for the garden and another for the window boxes.

      Goldfinches seem to be the most common birds at my feeders. It used to be chickadees. Today I saw a male cardinal. He was splendid.

  5. splendidone Says:

    Thanks to you all, it is always a treat to come and read all of your comments and feel a little part of the bigger picture. Enjoying the birds and the stillness of the mornings here. I have a rose breasted grosbeck family visiting on their migration. Adult male, Adult female and one smaller youth male. I never imagined how joyful it would be to hear the surprise of bird song first thing in the morn. Springtime!

    • katry Says:

      splendid,
      I too love that first bird song in the morning. It sounds so joyful.

      My street is wonderfully quiet. There are kids, but they are still in school. Even the many dogs are quiet. I hear only birds and the rustle of leaves.

  6. olof1 Says:

    78,8F here today but with a rather strong wind that made it feel rather nice. Not so much at my work place though because it was even hotter there today than yesterday. It will be slightly warmer tomorrow but after that we’ll get a cold front coming and the temperatures will drop to around 68-70.

    Albin chews on everything if it is in the doghouse/ yard but thankfully rarely here in the cottage, he has before though and I lost my favorite pair of shoes and one pillow πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I always pop my corns in real butter if I have any at home, that smell is absolutely fantastic πŸ™‚ It’s one of the few things Albin can eat as well so I always have to pop a lot πŸ™‚ I’ve only seen Jiffy Pop on photos though but I’ve always wanted to try one πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It stayed cool the whole day here. I’m glad for no wind as it would have felt cold. It will be about the same for the rest of the week.

      Henry has chewed all the stuffing from his toys so that he’s chewing other stuff isn’t a big surprise. I find ti a bit strange that it is only when he is upstairs that he chews stuff.

      Jiffy Pop was fun watching when the popped corn made the top get bigger and taller.

      Have a great evening!

  7. sprite Says:

    Have you thought about spraying the library for insects? I think birds that bore holes into wood are often after bugs that they can sense that we can’t.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      They are making holes right into the library. The size of the holes is about the size of entrances into bird houses. I did find a dead bird in there once.

      Trying the spray can’t hurt. Thanks

      • Birgit Says:

        On the other hand insect spray may poison the books if you spray inside the box. People hold them in their hands for some time, rub their eyes, some lick their fingers to turn pages… What kills bugs can’t be harmless for humans. Maybe metal or plastic plates or hardwood on the outside helps if birds keep on picking holes?

      • katry Says:

        Birgit,
        If I sprayed, it would have been the outside.

        My friend Bill covered the first hole with wood and secured it with screws. I think the birds were looking for nesting spots.

        The one that got in couldn’t get out.


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