He has been flying to the bluebird house. However, just as I predicted, he already has competition from a chickadee I have actually seen leaving the house.
My friend Julie Zickefoose (I have suggested Julie's blog in the past) has already given me some tips for better mounting to keep the house predator-free (at least reduced risk!) and we will work on that.
While reading Julie's blog last night, I was especially moved by her recent posts about the loss this year of a much loved old oak tree at the end of their driveway (There are 4 posts. I suggest reading them in order; I read them backwards, but I was still very moved by Julie's words and photos). Anyone who has experienced love, joy, and beauty will be able to relate to Julie's tribute to this tree and her grief.
I also saw a quotation by EB White on Julie's blog that I had not read before.
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day."
That is where I am right now! After reading this quotation, I was able to make some decisions late last night about what is pulling me versus what is pushing me. Spending much more time savoring the world is pulling me, and pulling me deeply. I have had these passages of change at other times of my life. It took a while to recognize them, acknowledge them, understand them, and then have the courage to act on that understanding.
This needs to be a short post because so much else needs to be done today, so I do not have time to thoughtfully elaborate more fully. However, I again know that the universe unfolds and provides or leads me to what I need when I need it. As I continue my path, I will still be blogging because doing so gives me great joy.
Thank you, Julie, for sharing that quote (The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White is still one of my all-time favorite books) and thank you also for sharing all your gifts with the world. There is so much joy to be found and experienced in our lives, and you are right, most of it is free!
Trust me, as soon as I get a photo of my bluebird on top of the shepherd's hook (I'm taking my camera to bed with me tonight!) or on top of his house, I'll post it right up. :-)
"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"
Diana Dyer, MS, RD