Quiet this early and dark morning except for the return of that male cardinal tapping on the formal room's window. We call it the formal room because we rarely use it. I live in the woods, but am never alone!
Fall is almost over. Thanksgiving week brought some piercing cold winds that tore all those golden and bronzed and crimson leaves from the trees. They are now caramel-colored crunchy compost across my lawn.
I get drunk on autumn every year and look forward only a little to the cold weather of winter. Our winter is about 3 and a half months long. Here we do not usually get the heavy snows that confine one to the house for a week. But we also do not get that lovely blanket of white that makes everything look so cozy while sitting in front of a fire.
I participate in University of Cornell's feeder watch each winter. We put out seeds and suet and then count the birds that dine and input data to the University. This year our brand new suet feeder needs to be hung more carefully as the furry 'birds' have brought down the jury-rigged setup.
Yes, they are really cute and also really smart and also look so innocent. We feed them with our blue crab leftovers and our oyster bits down by the riverside, but not the entire suet cake! I am trying to educate them on cholesterol overload. (You have something on your nose!)
We also are visited by other four-footed creatures that love the acorns. The acorns are everywhere in the backyard from our large oak tree. Since MANY oak trees are now being faced with disease and death due to climate change and are a keystone species for so many insects, I watch this old warrior closely.
Above he is listening to the neighbor's big dog that has been let out for its' morning run. We do not get as many deer the past few years, and the deer we do we do get are very shy.
My coffee is now cold and since I woke hubby early to see the raccoon he will not be up for hours more. Must get my food shopping list done for the week, even though we have eaten too much over the holidays. Have a nice Sunday morning and I will go read and see how you all are doing.