With forecasts of impending storms this weekend, we decided to move Linda’s spider plants indoors from the front porch to avoid the possibility of hanging baskets being blown all over “hell’s half acre.” As soon as the plants were tucked away safely in the hallway two silly little birds began to flit and flutter hither and yond leaving my bride and I to shake our heads and question, “Again?”
Opening doors and turning on outdoor lights while extinguishing indoor lights solved the problem. I wonder where they will spend the night since we moved their first choice of accommodations.
It is an act that plays out often around our house, usually in the late fall rather than spring. A silly little bird hunkers down for the night in a spider plant, waits patiently as we move the plant indoors and then decides to take flight. I should probably say something about the silly little man who forgets to check the basket to see if there is anything in it besides a spider plant.
I don’t know how many generations of Carolina Wrens we’ve raised on our front porch, but they come back, year after year, to lay their eggs and add to the population that brings joy to “God’s half acre”. I’m sure we have become multi-generational…to the point, we’re running out of room.
I make primitive art out of interesting pieces of hollow wood and old tin. Interesting to me at least. More primitive than actual art, and more decorative than with actual functionality…except to our silly little birds.
What was to be bird feeder became a bird house before I could even fill it with seed.
A painted gourd that looks like it might have been created by a three-year-old has raised multiple clutches over the past decade…except for this season. They have avoided it this year…so far.
A sheared off piece of wood with a hole makes a great place for a nest. I think they like my artistic endeavors…although they did make a nest in a discarded boot I left unattended for a minute or two.
Now the silly little birds have moved beyond my ability to create. They have built a nest on top of the fan that helps to keep heat, humidity, and mosquitoes at bay as we sit on the front porch. Don’t believe the fan will keep anything away this year…except maybe us.
Addendum, I found this today. Won’t be using the chipper any time soon.
Silly but fun to watch. Silly but they bring much joy. I just hope their latest construction lasts until the end of hatching season.
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