Monday, February 05, 2007

Good News and Not So Great News

On my way to work this morning, I was dreading the possibility of finding that darn Bluebird still flying around the lobby. After dropping my stuff in the office, I didn't waste time to take a tour of the building and found there were no birds flying in the lobby or elsewhere. Hurray! I went to a local pet store early and bought a small container of mealworms that I put in the frig at the office in case I would need them later. This is good news but I think it may happen again...

I learned from a lady janitor who works on weekends that there were two birds flying inside on Saturday morning, and one of them led the other outside. That was probably Millie rescuing Johnny. You can always count on a woman to lead the way! In response to Laura in NJ’s comment yesterday, asking if I look for Bluebirds, the answer is, "No, I don't look for them. They fly in front of my face!"

Until I arrived at work this morning, I was feeling great but very soon I noticed my backside felt like I had gone bowling for the first time in twenty years and I commented to a co-worker about it. Soon after that, I got up from my desk chair and nearly fell over in response to an intense pain below the bottom of my spine - very lower back. The only way I felt less pain was to walk around. How can you do damage that quickly? So I spent the rest of the day walking around every thirty minutes, looking like I had a loaded diaper. Trail walking was out of the question today.

This afternoon, I had business to take care of in uptown Charlotte and I left the office a tad early to do it. On my way home, I stopped at a community park near home that I had never seen and passed thoroughbred horses, beautiful ponds, and cows. On these small, country, winding roads, there is nowhere to pull over unless you want to park your car in a ditch. Driveways were blocked with trash bins. Sighing, I drove by these beautiful places, intent on chasing hawks, with no luck at all. The day was becoming quite a drag. I rarely have time to explore different places of beauty and I was bummed out.

Well, look what I found when I opened the sunroom door to let Chloe & Bella out after arriving home! The finch sock I hung two days ago was crawling with gold finches! Because of my beloved dogs being in the yard and who love to make noise with toys, I was only able to get one decent photograph. Oh, I am so happy. See? There is beauty in your own back yard, if you are willing to wait and look for it.

Then I noticed my pond was fishless! The fish weren’t in the deep end where they normally sleep during severe cold! My heart pounded until I saw them nuzzled behind rock. Cursing that Stinker, I saw no signs of heron tracks on the ledge of the pond…but I’ll be watching!

There is something about a female Cardinal I love. She is subtle in color, yet so majestic.

It’s so cold. Expecting teens in the morning and single digits nearby in the mountains. This kind of cold is hard to handle for us southern folk.

The feeders needed topping off tonight. On my way, this is what I found. What happened while I wasn't looking??? Sigh...

I've been wanting to write a very thoughtful post. It's been a while since I have done that but it will have to wait. Right now, I'm going to hug Chloe and Bella, play with them, while drawing a hot bath for my sore butt.


Anonymous said...

Oh Mary, I hope your rear-end feels better soon. Hopefully a nice warm bath and a good night's sleep will help.
I'm so happy to hear Johnny got out of the building okay, being led by Millie.
So does anyone share your fridge at work? I can imagine if they saw the mealworms in the fridge!
Glad your fish is okay! I love female cardinals too. And glad to hear that your finch sock is being used!
Whose feathers are those? Argh.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could see you! I know I could help your poor back, but it is too difficult to diagnose and treat someone on Blogger. I love gold finches! Your posts are thoughtful and cheery, Mary.

Susan Gets Native said...

Your poor butt. What did you do to wretch your glutes?
Looks like a Cooper's hawk had a nice meal in your yard. Dark and light gray feathers...maybe a dove.
That's GOOD, Mary! A yard that supports any large predator is a yard that is doing something right.

LauraHinNJ said...

Susan always rooting for the raptor.

I'd love to know what it is that's drawing those bluebirds into the building? You'd think that once they got stuck they'd stay away, right?

Mary said...

Susan - BOO HOO! I'm glad I didn't see it happen. It was a dove.

dmmgmfm said...

What great pictures and I'm so happy to hear that Millie rescued Johnny. That is wonderful news indeed.

Sorry about your backside and the dove though.

Beth said...

We'll take a sore butt post if it comes with good pics like that! However, I look forward to your next 'thoughtful post'.

Thanks for the ALWAYS entertaining writing and photos!

Anonymous said...

O my, what a crazy up and down day you had! Good to hear about the bluebirds but sorry about your back! Cool about the goldfinch, sorry about the pile of feathers! Cool about the hawk being in the neighborhood, too bad it wasn't a starling!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I just finished my night stretch and am catching up with your blog. All I can say is "ditto Mon@rch".

I LOVE YOUR BLOG and simply cannot wait to meet you!

Unknown said...

HOpe you feel better, soon, Mary! I am feeling crummy myself today. I'm going to go in and teach my most important class and call in sick for the others. Blech!

Love the goldfinch picture. I so wish I could lure goldfinches to my feeders. But, I think there is so much stuff in my yard for them to eat that they don't bother with my thistle.

Anonymous said...

I miss two days and come back to all these great bird photos! Looks like you have an excellent bird viewing spot.
Glad to hear the birds have left the office. Hope you are feeling better, too.

Jayne said...

I too, am always so entertained by your blog Mary. You say so much, even when you don't think you have anything to offer at all. I love your enthusiasm and love for nature.

Yep, think that hawk had a nice dove for a meal. I've seen two swoop down and capture a dove at my old house. It's not a pretty sight, but it's a marvel to see them hunting and admisre the strength nature provided to them.