I have created a monster with my new bird feeder - which is much larger than the old one. Sure I have attracted northern cardinals – there were six here together a few days ago – but I also seem to have collected most of the sparrows in Indiana.
I am now buying 30 pound sacks of wild bird seed from Costco – and am making daily trips to refill the bird feeders.
The more athletic squirrels have finally mastered the art of getting seed from my almost impenetrable feeders. They launch themselves at the feeders and land - very briefly – on them – which knocks seed onto the ground. They then continue their journey through space and time – with a one and a half somersault – before landing – not always right side up – amongst the seed they have freed from the seeder.
We had another bout of snow on the weekend and I have been out shoveling again this morning. This is apparently the third highest ‘snow year’ - Indy has ever had – with still more to come.
It is still not bothering us but the Indianapolites have certainly had enough.
Cate has finally gotten into the loft and is sorting out the thousands of books we took from Australia – to Vienna – to Indy.
She is being very disciplined this time - and whatever we cannot put on our bookshelves we are donating to a local book bookstore which runs adult literacy programs.
Cate is going to Washington today for the week. The cats and I have a number of plans in place and they have promised to help me finally organize the kitchen cupboards – which are still a shambles nine months after we moved in.
I shall also watch the final series of Dexter - which Cate refuses to watch.