Thursday, March 3, 2011

It's For The Birds

The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.

David Lawrence
My house mates are nice people, two men and one woman, Patrick, Dan and Leslie. I hardly ever see them, but when I do they are always friendly. None of them have ever come up to visit except when Patrick came to try to fix my computer many months ago.

They visit each other but they don't invite me over. Why should they after all, they are all younger and I'm the old loon who lives in the attic, something out of a Dickens novel. I like that idea.

I have made invitations to my blog and email buddies to sit on my porch, enjoy a walk by the river, dine on our local Italian cuisine. Sometimes people say they will come and see me, but they don't. The only one who did was Just Plain Bill, who unfortunately passed from us a short time ago. But Bill and I had some fun, good conversation, drinks and dinner. I miss him.

The last person to come here was a former friend who tried to frighten me with tales of my imminent physical and mental disintegration and thus to leverage me out of my happy home into a nursing facility. Thank goodness that didn't happen. As the song says "I got through all of last year, and I'm here."

I figured that if the humans don't want to come and visit me maybe my feathered neighbors will be happy to be my company. So yesterday I bought a bird feeder and a huge, heavy bucket of wild bird seed. I got a lot of advice from the ladies at Walmart as to installing and tending it. Birds are lofty ideas who are intent on life and earnest communicators of a beauty and wisdom all their own.

Now today I have to figure out a way of mounting it so the squirrels don't get to the bird food and the cats don't get the birds.

Wish me luck.

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Arlene (AJ) said...

Where are you planning on putting the bird feeder DB? Was wondering if you were going to put it outside your attic window or on ground level. Know we always had problems with the squirrels jumping from one tree to another and then on the bird feeder knocking it down for their food benefit. Love seeing birds at the feeder or walking around the grounds and hearing their bird chirping. Hope you can get this working in a good way for the birds only.

Have you invited your neighbors friends over to visit, might be your solution to enjoying their good company.

Jon said...

The older I get, the more I enjoy my own company. I do what I want and don't have to contend with interference of any kind. Sometimes feathered friends are the best kind......

pacifica62 said...

Those birds can be a fascinating past time for you db. Once you get the logistics figured out as to location to keep it away from squirrels and predators, your feathered friends will find you If you don't have a bird book, get one so you can identify who comes to visit. You will get hours of enjoyment. How about a hummingbird feeder too. They are amazing creatures who will keep you amused with their antics. I think that you have made a good choice for yourself. Good Luck.

Big Mark 243 said...

Interesting. I think that Jon made a great comment. I like what he said.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

You will enjoy the feeder. As for other visitors, you never know what the future holds.

Rose~* said...

Sometimes I prefer the birds to humans - at least they know when to leave, lol. I have a hook hanging from my porch. This keeps the food dry and the squirrels away, although I do leave some food out for them when it snows.