Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Bits and Pieces
This fuzzy photo is the best I could get in the circumstances under which I was working. A young female Cardinal (if you look closely you can see her head/beak on the right and tail on the left) has taken up housekeeping in a small hanging basket left out in the freezing cold over the winter. In the carefully constructed nest just below the top of the container are three small eggs, the first cardinal eggs I have ever seen.
The circumstances I mentioned above are (1) that the basket is hanging within four feet of my back door, and (2) opening the door widely spooks her off the nest. I just opened the door a crack, stuck out my cell phone/camera and snapped without really looking or trying to focus.
It makes my heart glad to see her there, and my heart needed a gladdening. I discovered her nest this past Saturday morning, when my grandson and I went to the back yard to dig a grave for my sweet Missy cat, who went to play with her baby Sweetie Pie last Friday afternoon.
I now have four cats buried in my back yard: Bubble (the sweetest kitty I have ever had) died in July 2000; her brother Squeak died in May, 2012; Sweetie Pie went to be with the kitty angels just over a year ago, and now, Sweetie Pie's mama, Missy. They are all buried in their favorite sunning places.
I think that's the end of my having cats; it's just too hard to let them go, even when it's inevitable.
Tomorrow is also a day.