It seems a little darker but brighter this morning. Snowflakes are slowly falling to the ground. There is so little of them, you can follow their decent, you can even count them. The flakes remind me of the flying pattern of tiny summer bugs. A neighbour and her young dog have walked by stopping every 10 m. It seems she is training the dog to walk. The birdfeeder gang are quieter than usual this morning as if keeping the food to themselves. A slight wind in the winter makes the air colder but makes my thawed flag fly proudly. It must be difficult for a bird to land on a branch when it is moving. Darker grey clouds in the sky today is contrasted with brighter blue skies to the south. The wind increases and takes away my ability to breathe. That has always been a frustrating part of winter for me. The snow has stopped, the dark clouds a little brighter with a hint of red from the sun rising. What was dark can be bright again.


Sitting on the porch now… a group of birds are singing/talking… love to hear that every morning Squirrels are jumping from line to branch and back again… all part of the squirrel infrastructure highway system they have developed. And a socially awkward neighbour pointing out obvious things… I don’t need to be called grumpy old guy everyday do I? Construction machine in the distance slowly being drowned out by the arrival of the garbage trucks on our street.  A motorcycle zips by the other main thoroughfare,  then a car… The squirrel has jumped onto the bird feeder sending countless birds scattering… they are louder now and not amused. The squirrel continues to eat their food designated for birds regardless. Our old couch has sat on the boulevard all week alone.  Today it is joined by a collection of weekly recycling and trash. Maybe the truck will take the couch too. A blue jay has successfully and loudly scared away the squirrel out of the bird feeder. It was as if that was it’s job because it did not stay to eat.  The rest of the birds are happy again.. With 2 century old trees cut down to the south of me, the neighbourhood seems more open than usual.  Adding to that sense of vastness would be the lack of leaves making the remaining trees seem larger with that ability to not let you see through them.  The birds can hide normally, but not now.  Every animal fights for a spot in an evergreen now.  A bush, a tree, they are all important sought after properties now.