Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Buzz and Flutter

I was sitting here, quietly working. It's a much lovelier day so I had left the door open to allow the play of cool breezes.

Suddenly, a hummingbird flew right into the kitchen!

Her wings buzzed like an angry bee. I was already ducking as I realized what the sound was. I turned to see her fluttering just above my head, and then, zip!, she was gone - back out the door and into the trees.

I've never had that happen before.

Hummingbirds do love our house, and they are very friendly to us. Three years ago, I hung a small wooden welcome sign a few feet from our front door. Ever since, the locals have been using it as a nesting site. We've lost count of how many broods of hummingbirds have been hatched and raised there in the summers since then. It's a lovely feeling, having that tiny little nest and those adorable little eggs just out front.

At a certain point in the nesting cycle, we stop using our door at night so as not to startle the mother away in the dark (when she can't easily navigate). During the day, our presence doesn't seem to bother her at all. It most not, because the birds keep coming back.

Once the babies hatch, the mother only comes to feed them and they are alone in their nest until they grow too large to be squeezed together any more. Then one of them launches out and the other follows within a day. Two more jewels for our flying display!

Maybe one of the babies decided to come back for a quick visit. :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My Book Loving Life

I don't even know where we are in this photo.
Bookstore? Museum gift shop? I'm sure it was fun and memorable.

Which Occupation Next?

Hmmm. After a few very busy days, I'm here.

I've been sitting without much inspiration at my work for a while now. I'm just not feeling either the driving motivation or the driving pressure of an imminent deadline enough to get my working words flowing.

And I don't know if I have any profound ideas to post here.

So there you are. But, I did say that I would post more often. Coming here to write is a great creative break. Maybe I'll go run some errands.

It's been so hot here the last few days that it is a relief not to feel trapped inside the house by the brutal elements. I could pay some bills. I could finish the dishes. Hmmm.

I need to go to my parents' house and do some paperwork for them.

As you can see, my opportunities for fun are boundless.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back to the Blog

Wow. It's been so long since I've written here.

And I intend to write more here. Really, I do. I love the space and history that this blog gives me. I suppose it's just that over time, my routines have slowly changed. What used to be a daily writing habit in this space became more of a daily work habit in my real world business. Gladly, most of my computer-accessible hours are now filled with tasks for my job... and with many, many deadlines. :)

Still, though, it's hard to believe that the entire summer got past me without even a peek at these words. The new school schedule is starting up. My work schedule is always shaped around that, and this year, I've slotted in some time for more expressive writing, stuff I do just for fun, like my fiction and my thoughts here. So I think I will be more frequent and regular.

Sitting here, typing this, takes me right back to all those other times and places that I've opened up to this site and let my fingers fly. Cafes scattered across so many cities. So many lattes and teas and crumbles of pastry to accompany my work. Nowadays I rarely even make it to cafes. My work is pressing enough that my home office is most actually my work space; going out is a treat. Still though, maybe something of those days will come again. I'll do errands less, and I'll dream just a little bit more. And write what I imagine.