One day this spring Charlie noticed that a bird was building a nest in a box on the porch that has paint brushes soaking in solvent.
I think the bird is a wood thrush because we’ve had them before and they like to return to the same place to nest each year. I asked Charlie to get rid of the nest because I didn’t want the bird flying at me when I come and go.
Within 2 days the bird had rebuilt the nest bigger and better so we just let her have her way. Two days ago we noticed the mama bird was flying back and forth with worms in her beak. When she was gone we looked in the nest and saw one egg and 3 tiny baby birdies.
Tonight when I arrived home a little after nine I saw a black snake on the box. I felt sick knowing the little birds had been eaten.
Charlie and Sug worked together to kill the snake and get it off the porch. Unfortunately this was a lose-lose situation all around.
Have you lost something recently that made you sad?
Finally in the middle of the summer we are heading to Smith Island, the last inhabited offshore island on the Maryland side of the Chesapeake. None of us has ever been there before.
Sug, Charlie and I going in part to attend a Methodist “camp meeting” that has been held on the island for the past 132 years.
I have rented a house found on AirBnB which will provide us with bicycles and a canoe and a perch to view beautiful sunsets over the Chesapeake Bay. There are few cars on the island which must be accessed by boat alone.
We’re excited to celebrate the Year of the Island by traveling in state, in hemisphere, and across the pond.
After the bathroom is underway I’m heading to the back bedroom where we’ve been storing all sorts of papers and projects. Instead of straightening this out I’ve actually added more clutter.
That room is our main guest room. Since I did not even get started in FebruaryMarch April I’m hoping to make a dent in MarchApril May.
We did no entertaining except to have a couple of friends over to chat.
We saw Vegas Nights starring Frankie Moreno at the Baltimore Symphony. He sang a lot of standards in addition to his own compositions which sounded like music I had heard before but knew were original.
We had a nice evening out while Sug took care of our puppy Dash.
Sug’s carpenter is planning to install a deck in front of the Cottage.