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SoCS – A Messenger

Linda has again thrown down the gauntlet asking us to tax our brains and write stream of consciousness. Curious what it is all about – then check out Linda’s post for all the details. Why not jump on the bandwagon?

Today’s prompt is as follows:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “too/to/two.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Extra bonus points if you start your post with one. Enjoy!

Hubby was up before me this morning. When he heard me get up, he said “Come down here quick – and hurry!” My knees don’t do anything quick in the morning but I came down the stairs as quick as I could to see him standing at the back windows with his camera focused on something. As I approached I saw an Indigo Bunting pecking around on the ground.

The first time I saw an Indigo Bunting here was shortly after my sister passed away. I have not seen one since, but now this sighting makes two times this bird has come to visit.

My sister lived deeper in the country than I do. She always had Indigo Buntings come to visit her. she fed the birds faithfully, too.

When the bird appeared after her death, it brought me great comfort, as if she was telling me she was okay. The strange thing is, my husband and I were just talking a few days ago, remarking about how we had not seen an Indigo Bunting since that first time, and voilà. It was a moment, over in a flash.

I see you, Sis. I see you.



Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

Day 195

Today’s post is brought to you by the jukebox in my head, and Lesley Gore of course. Yesterday was a cool and breezy day, but today has the promise of being a bit warmer. Looking outside and seeing the sun made this song pop into my head.


We love to watch the birds at the feeder. It is a favorite pastime of our grandchildren as well. I use a very cool and easy-to-use app called Merlin Bird ID from Cornell Labs to identify birds and learn about their habitat and their behavior. The app also lets you share your findings which is nice!

The ruby-throated hummingbirds are back. Our first sighting was on the 14th. We see them off and on throughout the day now. They are already exhibiting their swooping behavior. This can either be a territorial or a mating display. The poor hummingbirds spend more energy defending their territory than they do eating.

At the feeder today:

  • Goldfinches galore (bright yellow now that spring is here)
  • White throated sparrow
  • Blue jay
  • Northern cardinal
  • Tufted titmouse
  • Carolina wren
  • White-breasted nuthatch
  • Chickadee
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Brown thrasher
  • Indigo Bunting

The Indigo Bunting is a rare sight for us. They winter in Central America and the blaze of blue flying through the trees is unmistakeable. Seeing this bird always makes me feel the presence of my sister and that makes me happy. She always had Indigo Buntings at her feeder.

Plans for the Day

Today I will get back outside. Hubby raised our raised garden to improve drainage. Today I will plant radishes, tomatoes, peppers, rosemary, cilantro and basil to kick things off. We still need more tomato plants. Tomatoes bought in the store have no flavor compared to tomatoes straight off the vine.

Oh, and I picked the only ripe strawberry off my small basket. It was delicious.