About 3:25 PM, curiosity finally prompted me to set up the ladder and look into the bird house. I hadn’t seen any activity; Mama and Papa Bluebird were nowhere in sight. My worst fears were realized: The nest is empty!! ~~ With 20/20 hindsight, I should have installed a baffle on that pole. Although I haven’t seen a squirrel, or raccoon, on that pole, I should have considered the possibility that a “critter” might rob the nest.
Postscript, Friday, 07/27/2012, 8:30 AM: Occasionally, the Bluebirds return for mealworms. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.)
Postscript, Saturday, 07/28/2012, 9:30 AM: Ditto, above.
Last night, a very welcome phone call. I now have an address where I can send “Memory Boxes” to grown grandchildren. In a later blog, you’ll see some of those boxes in the back of my car en route to United Parcel. So, FYI, I’m keeping busy; never an idle moment. (Correction: I do have “idle” time watching, and photographing, wild life in my back yard.) ~~~~ No relief from the heat and humidity. I’m perspiring at 8:45 AM. I may have to turn on the air conditioner.
Postscript,same day, 1:00 PM: The “down” side of “downsizing” is the memorabilia we handle. Furthermore, if we (I) have prepared “Memory Boxes” we (I) have created a time-capsule. As I prepare to ship “Memory Boxes” to children and grandchildren, I am reorganizing the contents that have been accumulating for over thirty years. I’m in excruciating pain!! I wish there were “do overs” in life that are as simple as (example) “cut and paste” and “delete” in computer software programs.
Thrill, thrill!! Twelve noon and I’m able to see Bluebird babies in the nest!! The last time (previous nesting), I was unable to see and photograph the babies. This is awesome!! I’ve hoped for this day since I saw my first Bluebirds on Sunday, March 11th, 2012. (Click on the pictures to enlarge for better viewing.) ~~ A lot has happened in my backyard the last four months: Bird houses, bird feeders, hanging baskets, planters, flowers, tomatoes… and the never-ending battle to keep the squirrels off the bird feeders. (Why not spend some time following my blog messages since the first of the year??) ~~~~ Postscript, 2:00 PM: Rather than shred old income tax records, I prefer to watch, and photograph, wildlife (“Papa Blue” & “Mama Blue”), in my backyard!! Likewise, it is more entertaining to work on my blog (rather than shred and downsize). ~~~~ It is raining very hard at 2:10 and (thankfully) the air is much cooler!! Notice the wet bird house in picture with Mama Blue. ~~ Postscript, 4:00 PM: I try to keep the dish full of fresh mealworms because Papa and Mama have little mouths to feed.
Sometimes several days go by without a message. Frankly, I am “up to my eyebrows” with boxes of things for “downsizing.” Yesterday I moved a lot of things so I could get to the boxes in the corner. Three… came out and I am in the process of shredding very old income tax records. (Two of those large boxes contain income tax records back to [exaggeration] Methuselah. I had a “home based business” for decades [health and nutrition] and kept every scrap of paperwork in case of an audit.) ~~ Box “three” will be shipped to a very dear family member. ~~ Hopefully, the boxes of holistic health books will soon establish a library that other people can enjoy. ~~ The horrible heat continues; the humidity is almost unbearable!! The weather took my tomato plants although I faithfully watered, fertilized, and pampered them. The beautiful butterfly was a welcome sight. The Hummingbirds are frequent visitors; the Bluebirds spend a lot of time in, and around, their bird house with five little eggs. (Postscript: When I published this at 10:00 AM, I based “five little eggs” on the last time I peeked into the bird house. A different “story” at 12 noon.)
Postscript, same day (Saturday), 3:30 PM: It’s discouraging!!! I feel like I am taking one step forward and sliding back two. I’ll be storing two boxes in the corner (again). Gotta hang on to Income Tax records for seven years.
Actually, 5:00 PM, Saturday, 7/21/2012: The Bluebird babies **had** to be the lead story for today. This appears to be “my day” for pictures. I’ve never been quick enough, in the past, to get a picture of a Hummingbird on one of my feeders. Or, maybe, “she” just lingered a little longer?! I say “she” because the males have all the color. I snapped about two dozen pictures and this is the only one worth displaying. ~~ Over this past year, I’ve shared pictures of many of my backyard friends: Bluebirds, Butterfly, Cardinals, Cottontails, Crows, Doves, Finches, Possums, Raccoons, Squirrels,Woodpeckers–and now a Hummingbird. I’ll say it again: “I love my backyard garden!!” No picture, but recently I saw a pair of Robins on the grass in the yard (and that was a rare treat). Maybe the robins are avoiding my “Grand Central Station” full of wildlife?! Too many squirrels??
I just read this article–on the Internet–and want to share it with you. Good reading!!
During the travels listed above, my KIA turned 3,333 TRIP miles. Visit this blog where I documented 5,555 and 6.666 TRIP miles. Recently my KIA odometer turned 66,666 miles. Honestly, I do very little traveling any more–with my TaB travel trailer. However, over 6,000 miles the last several months driving to and from the chiropractor’s office on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina. Approximately fifty miles round trip. Gratefully, my health has improved!! (Gratefully, my health has improved and I can exert a lot of energy on my “downsizing” project!!)
Do you know the Christian chorus: “Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah; praise ye the Lord! Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah, praise ye the Lord, hallelujah; praise ye the Lord, hallelujah, praise ye the Lord!!”?? Repetitious, yes, but I’m feeling the need to repeat my gratitude for more Bluebird eggs in my Bluebird house. It’s déjà vu!! On May 27th I took a similar picture. I hope I get to see the baby birds after they hatch. (Stay tuned; more news to follow!! If you have followed my blog, you know I continue a topic ad nauseam. [My deceased husband hated my stories!!])
Yippes!! High temperature was one-hundred-one degrees today. It tied the record for Charlotte. One-hundred-five high in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Records broken all over the nation.