Rational me knows that the appearance in my backyard of crows and magpies and jackrabbits and squirrels and cats and ducks (yes, there have been ducks!) is completely random and entirely insignificant. There is no sane reason for me to be counting these creatures and keeping track of their arrivals and departures. But I do.
Weird superstitious me believes in omens and portents and prophecies of doom and assigns grave importance to…well….pretty much everything. Because you never know, right? If the cosmos is sending me messages I would like to be receptive, not oblivious.
Let me tell you about the crows. It’s been a crow summer here. These big black shiny creatures swoop down four and five at a time onto the grass and squawk at each other like mad things. Magpie conversations seem almost polite in comparison. They are devious and mean looking. One in particular, perched somewhere in the big pine tree in a neighbors yard, eventually lost his voice I guess, or moved on. For weeks he just would not shut up. But now he has.
So What Does That Mean??? One for sorrow?
Maybe somebody shot the bastard.
Anyway. There are no crows today. Today is W’s birthday. If you’ve been paying attention you will notice my last post was on MY birthday three months ago. I am fine. Just finally doing things worth writing about and not having time to write about them because I’m too busy doing things. I feel like I sat on my derrière for the first year or so of my retirement and now I’m not doing that so much.
My kitchen and living room are cleaned up, painted, decluttered and tastefully decorated. Ha! Notice there’s no pictures of that so you can’t dispute the tasteful part. Instead I have shared jackrabbits and white spray paint on our pitted driveway through the kitchen window. That probably means something too. Like I should stop gazing out rain streaked windows and get on with the rest of the house. I’ve taken a few ‘before, during and after’ shots. And then some after-after ones after I changed my mind again. We had a garage sale the end of July and got rid of a lot of stuff. The garage has now become home for what remains until my daughter picks it up and it gets donated to some poor unsuspecting charity.
It’s been lovely to have lots of time and no deadline getting the painting done. The house is old and there are always new challenges and surprises. I am now an expert at concealing gaps on wooden window and door frames and baseboards, imperfections which showed up when we painted them white, with sealant. House glue! Awesome stuff. Hallway, three bedrooms and main bath to go! All in various stages of work in progress.
The crows have been worrisome, but now I think maybe they were not trying to give me bad news. Because after all my doctor visits and tests and consultations, I finally have a medical diagnosis. I will save that for another post, and don’t worry, it won’t have to wait for some random relatives birthday.
Unless the crows freak me out again simply by being their normal bird brained annoying selves. It’s their fault this post wanders around all over the place. At least I got it done. Longest break ever. But I think I’m back.