It’s wonderful when you discover someone with similar tastes to yours.
There’s that wonderful moment when you realize they’re into something you’re into.
You start sharing experiences, memories, anecdotes.
So it was for me when I realized our visiting Turkeys are Frampton fans.
I’ve been a Frampton fan since before people knew who he was. Met him once in a very out of the way place. It was glorious.
I doubt our Turkeys know this.
But that’s okay. They still do a Frampton Strut.
I’m good with that.
We are so blessed.
Almost every night and often during the day friends come to our table. In the backyard. On the ground. Makes after-dinner clean up so much easier.
Vernod, one of last year’s kits but I’m not sure whose, usually comes with a host of others. Most nights we have four to seven raccoons of various ages.
Some are cookie mongers. They’ll come up to me, actually stepping on my feet, to get peanut butter cookies (I love them myself. That’s how we discovered they were a raccoon favorite).
Others will take a cookie, yes, thank you, much away then return for peanuts in the shell. Unsalted, of course. Don’t want raccoons with high blood pressure.
Our guests dine healthy.
Give or take a cookie or two.
What do you do with a backyard of glorious birds?
You wish them well in the New Year.
It’s a human-decreed new year, not a natural one.
Then again, most human-decreed western cultural holidays for the past 2,000+ years have not followed nature’s timelines.
All things in cycles, all things in circles.
Wise ones – usually taught by Old Ones – know how to rise above the cycles while still riding them.
Like thermals. Seagulls. Hawks. Eagles. Most raptors and quite a few others. Stay aloft without effort.
Letting the rising air lift them above events on the ground. Above near troubles to see more. See better.
Pay attention to what’s going on around you but only when you’re in it. Otherwise, leave tomorrow’s troubles for tomorrow.
There’s enough to do today.
She’s cute and she’s quite the homemaker.
Opanella is small by Opossum standards for this time of year (this video is from the first day of Winter 2019). Last days of Fall, first days of Winter, opossum need to be beefy and bulky, better able to withstand the cold, coming months.
You’ll notice Opanella is neither. Petite, one might say. We first noticed her trundling under our porch. A few years back an elderly opossum decided to pass over there. Had a devil of a time getting his remains out.
So seeing Opanella’s interest there, we blocked her access.
Undaunted, she cast her tiny-eyed gaze on our shed.
Yep, that’s where she’d homesteading now.
Less of a concern, this. She’s well protected and it’s much easier to lift a shed than a porch.
As with all who bless us with their company, we make sure she has something good to eat.
Who would have thought Turkeys would enjoy listening to NPR in the morning, or sharing a wake-up cup of coffee with an old friend?
This video is from almost two months back. We have more recent Turkeyings. Probably get to them about two months hence.
Often a few turkey will come to our windows, peer in, look back and forth as Susan and I sharing a morning croissant.
“Is that a ham and cheese?” one gobbles. Another gobbles, “Is that a blueberry?” and another “Is that a cherry?”
Well, first thing, if it were any of those we wouldn’t share.
Okay, we would, but only because the Turkey guard our backwoods furiously and we appreciate their diligence.
You haven’t lived until you’ve ducked from a wild turkey flying overhead.