PORCH SENSES: Episode 22

There is frost on the ground but seems warmer without the cold breeze. Bright blue sky is a welcomed backdrop for even barren looking trees. Birds are chattering all around and seem happy as well. It is the day before Christmas and I still haven’t put the traditional white lights around the railings. Will anyone notice? I did place a red flood light on the front lawn to symbolize my support for this money driven Christian holiday. I guess I was putting family first this year.
As the sun gets higher it makes a warm red glow across the houses, trees and the circle t steeple is brilliantly lit up. 2 squirrels have jumped onto the bird feeder and caused enough commotion to make the 4 doves fly up out of harms way. There is a family unit. Rare do you see one without the other. No fanfare, just loyalty. They have to stay frosty, but they do it together.


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.