Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Two things I am amazingly skilled with ~ procrastinating and avoiding the elephant in the room at all costs. Somehow I have frittered away a two week, almost three week, window with my warriors. Good-byes which have been looming over our head first for a year, then six months are now days away. We don't talk about it. We have sat around doing the mundane tasks of eating and laundry but have neglected celebrating moments together. A snowy Sunday and a rough night out with friends as well as lack of communication meant no "last" Sunday dinner with the octogenarians. Gift certificates to eat out are going unused as there just doesn't seem to be a common time for all of us to be together. Work schedules, predeployment responsibilities that require two days out of our last three, my young warrior who says this is enough good-bye I don't need to go to North Carolina to see him off later this month, I wasn't planning this to be good-bye....and whoever plans deployments in January from Vermont,...sorry for the ranting, looking forward to next year and a welcome home in Vermont in winter.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Treated to this bird all day today! I believe it's a Carolina Wren, a first for me. The birds do seem to know when snow is coming, the feeders have been very busy. Two cardinal pairs, 10 mourning doves stacked up in the branches around the feeders like planes waiting to land, junco and goldfinch by the score, nuthatches, and wood peckers - downy, hairy, and red-bellied, not to mention chickadee and tufted titmouse, and bluejay,....and an ornery red squirrel or two.