Meanwhile in my backyard…

27 May


On Saturday, I was standing in front of the kitchen sink doing dishes when a fluffy chickadee landed on the railing.  Her little wings were quivering noticeably, and I worried that perhaps she had crashed into a window and hurt herself, so I watched – dishes forgotten.  She didn’t move but kept darting her head back and forth tweeting – you feel so helpless because what can you really do?  A minute or so passed, and another chickadee landed a ways down from the little one in distress, this one smaller, and leaner than the fluffy one crying, suddenly the smaller one swooped over and the distressed fluffy one expectantly opened her mouth, and the smaller one popped a small worm or bug in fluffy’s mouth.  Mystery solved – fluffy one was just a baby learning how to fly!  Having fed her little one a tidbit, and reassured her – mom flew away, and within a minute, so did fluffy way up onto one of the protective branches of the very tall spruce tree in the backyard.

I have lived most of my adult life without a dishwasher.  I don’t see the need when there is only two of us, and if I had one – I would also miss seeing all the different birds and squirrels that spend part of their day coming to my back porch, and their stories that play out right in front of me every single day.  They restore the peace in my soul.

I think we need to remember to stop and smell the roses…and yes, I have roses blooming and buds ready to open.  But roses are not what has my attention right now – one of my large shrubs (taller than I am, and pictured below, that I bought without anything identifying it – not even size) is also in bloom, perhaps the most beautiful it has ever been, it grows upright and once the branches get long, they cascade out and curve down towards the ground – every branch is covered with the most exquisite small white blooms that stand out against the small shiny green leaves behind.  Awe inspiring, and it comes to life just when the white lilacs next to it, are fading.  I love springtime – it just makes me smile all day long, even when it is raining like today.


Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


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7 responses to “Meanwhile in my backyard…

  1. kellie3

    May 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I love to watch animals, too. At our last house, my sink looked out to the back yard and the woods beyond. Our “new” home has me looking at the wall while doing dishes. I will never understand why anyone would put a sink in with no view of the back yard. However, it is the only home we could all agree upon, and we plan on renovating and moving the sink to the window.
    I do have a view at work, and the other day I watched a young bird and its mom do the same exact thing. Young bird was learning to fly and resting on the large evergreen bushes while mom would swoop in occasionally with a break time snack. Beautiful to watch.


    • TAO

      May 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      My last home was like that and despite all the great intentions of renovating the kitchen, it never got done – which turned out to be okay because it would not have increased the value – but I had the most incredible backyard deck and it was covered so I just spent hours out there instead.

      Birds and baby birds – amazing to watch. It’s the littlest of things that amaze me the most.


  2. Don't We Look Alike?

    May 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Ah, I love those moments!


  3. keri

    May 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    i am a by hand dishwasher too and i too could just watch the birds and animals…..i have a cardinal i start to miss if i don’t see or hear him!!!


    • TAO

      May 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks for saying that – sometimes I think I am the only one – last year it was worrying about a little chickadee who lost a leg – sadly I haven’t seen her since December but at least I know she didn’t die of starvation the year she visited for peanuts every day.


  4. nccathy1

    June 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve been watching the hummingbirds that grace the feeder. Very territorial little ones.

    Your beautiful shrub is called a Spirea.


    • TAO

      June 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you! I was trying to figure it out the last couple of nights and had given up trying to go from A-Z in my gardening book.



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