The holiday season requires that most of my time be spent on the usual shopping, baking, cooking, decorating, wrapping and mailing associated with our Christmas traditions. After a wonderful Thanksgiving week spent with our daughter, my brother, his partner and my husband’s cousin and wife from Italy, I was ready to take on the next preparations so that we might enjoy the same level of cheer in December.
In addition to the preparatory activities I have taken on an exercise regime (actually just daily walking at this point) and a commitment to learn a bit of Italian with the help of a Rosetta Stone program. A little sad that I have no time to create any art, I still continue to photograph the birds at our feeders. The one constant in my day is the guaranteed joy I experience while watching all the birds that enjoy the seeds and suet I provide for them. A thoughtful friend sent us an early Christmas gift for the birds. A window suction feeder with special seeds hangs on our kitchen window. All day long a group of chickadees take advantage of the new supply of gourmet seeds.My cats spend hours watching all the activity and I believe their focusing on the birds may have something to do with the Christmas tree still standing.